outdoor cooking

Outdoor Cooking

Whether you’re at the pre-game tailgate, a picnic in the park, camping in the deep woods or just having a neighborhood block party, preparing and cooking food outside of the kitchen can be an exciting and delicious experience. Learn the tips and tricks to having a tasty, safe and properly cooked meal in the great outdoors.

Preparing the Meal

Preparing what you can before you leave the kitchen will set you up for success to cook the meal. Measure ingredients for each meal and pack in labeled zip top bags to save time and space. Pre-made seasonings and sauces in their own bags can help with saving space and time on meal preparation.

Making entire meals ahead of time is another option. Meals like stews, chili, burritos and fajitas can all be made and prepped ahead of time. Meals like soups and stews can be frozen and kept cold in a cooler until it’s time to reheat. 

Storing the Meal

Having an efficient cooler is a must when cooking outdoors. Make sure that the cooler is well insulated and free of leaks to ensure the food remains at a safe temperature (35°F to 40°F). Always keep the cooler closed and latched when not in use to keep cold air inside. Pack food items in zip top bags or sealable plastic containers as the original packaging may not hold up as the ice thaws and melts. 

Pack the food in the same layers as you would in your refrigerator with raw beef on the bottom, separated from cooked beef and raw vegetables. Use ice blocks instead of ice cubes as the blocks will melt slower. 

Whether you’re cooking in the kitchen or outside of the home, food safety remains paramount. Prevent cross contamination by washing your hands, all cooking utensils and preparation areas with hot soapy water. Do not use anything that handled raw meat- including containers, kitchen utensils or cutting boards- with the final cooked product. When cooking over a camp stove, keep a pot of hot water available to clean after use.  

Cooking the Meal

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GRilling

Whether cooking on a gas or charcoal grill, in the backyard or at a tailgate, this cooking method provides maximum flavor and optimal tenderness.

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Samba Steak Stir-Fry

Skillet Cooking

Cast Iron skillets and outdoor cooking are a perfect match. Quickly cook some of your favorite meals using the skillet when outdoors. 

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Recipes for the Outdoors

Camping Recipes

Just because you’re “roughing it” doesn’t mean you can’t eat a 5-star quality meal. These simple camping recipes are great for cooking on a grill, grill pan or cast iron pan on your camp stove.

Foil Packet Beef and Vegetable Meal

foil packet beef and vegetable meal

Build a packet with shredded beef, beef sausage and vegetables and cook on the grill. Super easy and fun for the whole family. And … no clean up.

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Rocky Mountain Grilled T-Bone Steak With Charro-style beans

Rocky Mountain Grilled T-Bone Steaks with Charro-Style Beans

This recipe tastes great over the campfire or on your grill at home. Pepper-rubbed T-Bone Steaks are served with flavorful Charro-style beans.

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Beef Jerky Trail Mix

beef jerky trail mix

Looking for a convenient snack to fuel your day? Add store-bought Beef Jerky to a mix of nuts, seeds and fruit.

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Every game is “the big game” when you have a great meal during the tailgate party.

Nacho Beef Dip

Nacho Beef Dip

Ground Beef, salsa and cheese dip meet in the skillet for a family favorite recipe. Try this dip with tortilla chips or veggie strips.

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Italian Beef Meatball Sandwich Rolls

Italian Beef Meatball Sandwich rolls

Ground Beef Italian-style sausage is stuffed with mozzarella cheese and baked in dough.

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Cheesehead Sliders

Cheesehead Sliders

Thrill your tailgate crowd with these Wisconsin-inspired winning beer-infused Cheesehead Sliders.

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Take your neighborhood BBQ party to the next level with these great BBQ recipes

Carolina Barbecue Burgers

carolina barbecue burgers

These are no ordinary burgers. Combine brown sugar, beer, mustard and vinegar to prepare a barbecue sauce to add extra flavor to Ground Beef burgers.

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Grilled T-Bone Steaks with BBQ Rub

grilled t-bone steaks with bbq rub

This could be called beef at its best. A simple rub including chili powder, garlic and brown sugar adds that special touch.

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Texas BBQ Beef Brisket

texas bbq beef brisket

Braised, slow-cooked or smoked. No matter how you slice it, this is BBQ Brisket made easy!

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