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Boondocking Baked Beans.





One common thread you will find in just about all of our camping recipes is they are cooked in a Dutch Oven. Dutch Ovens are available in many sizes, from 1 quart to 8 quart. Figure about 1/2 to 1 quart per serving and you will be able to determine how large of a Dutch Oven to buy. And my advice - only buy the best... and that means a "Lodge" brand Dutch Oven. Dutch Ovens can be used over the campfire, or for rainy days or when you need to accurately control the heat, they can be used in a conventional oven.



So I suppose these could be called "Dutch Oven" recipes. However, if you don't have a Dutch Oven, don't let it discourage you... however, I highly recommend one for the best results. For example, our Lodge Dutch Oven has indentations in the lid that allow moisture to drip back into the food. This results in very moist cakes and other dishes.

Remember that when you are camping, you are on vacation. All of you. So guys, give your wife a break and you do the cooking on your next camping trip.



  • Large can pinto or baked beans.
  • Onion.
  • brown sugar, mustard, catsup glaze.
  • 1/2 lb bacon - cooked and chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped apple - for that extra flavor zing.




Simply toss the can of beans into a dutch oven, add the chopped onion and bacon. Add mustard, catsup, and brown sugar to taste. Cover and bake 350deg for about 20 minutes or put over a campfire and monitor.




This dish can be used as a side dish for dinner, or main dish for lunch. Goes especially good with corn bread. Sprinkle with hot sauce if you wish.


How-to Video.






Last reviewed and/or updated OCt 1, 2017