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Camping is fun, exhilarating, and the activities can be exhausting. Spend the day in the woods hunting, on the river fly fishing or kayaking your favorite river or estuary and you will arrive back at camp ready to eat and STILL have to fix it yourself or wait for someone else to do it. This is a way to be eating within 10 minutes of getting back to camp and just needs a little time in the morning to prepare and all day to cook.
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Step 1: Prep work makes the going easy

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One small bag of new potatoes
Two onions - 1 chopped - 1 quartered (also some small pealed but uncut onions are great too)
One small bag of baby carrots
usually use one small bag of celery
3 tablespoons of garlic
1 - 4 lbs chuck roast
spices as desired

Step 2: Sear the roast - important!!

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Put the Dutch oven on the fire and get it super hot
Sear the 4 lbs chuck roast on all sides

Step 3: Finished searing

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After you sear all sides, put the roast aside while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.

Step 4: Saute the onions and garlic

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Sauté the chopped onion and just as they are turning translucent add 3-4 heaping tablespoons of minced garlic and sauté for only a few minutes. This smells great and everyone from 3 campgrounds around will be ready to eat with you at this point.

Step 5: Put it all together

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Put the 4 lbs roast on top of the onions. Add new potatoes, carrots, quartered onions, celery (forgot mine this time - but see tip later)

Step 6: Spices make the meal

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Season to taste - this is what I used this time. I usually just use my nose and add things that smell like they would work together well.
TIP - for forgotten celery - I used celery seeds to make up for my missing vegetable.
After spicing - Pour one 12 oz can of beef (or chicken) broth over everything.
Homeofmyown2 years ago
Could you put a layer of aluminun foil over the top of the dutch oven to keep the dirt and coals out of the pot.?Or over the top of the dutch oven before you put on the lid? Or both? Your recipe looks delious and your photos are beautiful. Do you have an ible for the peach cobbler?
LstTxn2 (author)  Homeofmyown2 years ago
I guess you could do that with aluminum foil ... but if you are careful you wont get ashes in you meal. For the best and easiest peach cobbler I have had - especially camping, just click on this: cobbler.

Good eating! walt
Loved your recipe. BTW, I am fortunate to live only a few miles from the Lodge Plant in South Pittsburg, TN. I have so much of their cast iron cookware it is ridicilous. I wouldn't take anything for it.
LstTxn2 (author)  tnsoftailrider2 years ago
Barry, I have lived in and around Chattanooga for over 30 years and like you I have an indecent amount of cast iron cook ware. Most of it is for camping, but 2 dutch ovens, a couple of frying pans and a griddle at the house. Love the Lodge Store in So Pittsburg!
MikeCicc2 years ago
Man - you've inspired me to go buy a camping dutch oven! I remember having one as a kid in the boy scouts - your recipe is going to be my first re-visit!
LstTxn2 (author)  MikeCicc2 years ago
Thanks Mike, I hope you enjoy it half as much as we do. Usually our campsite looks like an ad for a cast iron cookware company.
pekberg7 months ago

Terrific! I've got a sudden urge to try it out in my slow cooker at home right now... =)

what size dutch oven is that?

denotsKO1 year ago
We have always started a fire in the hole to cook breakfast on first. Then used those coals and the accumulated heat to cook lunch/dinner. Just drop in the Dutch oven and cover with dirt before you leave for fishing.
Whoa. I want to eat this way next time I go camping. Nice job!
LstTxn2 (author)  garnishrecipes2 years ago
Since you will already have your Dutch oven with you to make the roast ... take a look at the easy Dutch Over Peach Cobbler I just posted.
bajablue2 years ago
I can smell the deliciousness all the way to Idaho! Good job!!!
sunshiine2 years ago
Love your presentation! Thanks for sharing.
LstTxn2 (author)  sunshiine2 years ago
Thanks - Coming this weekend. No mess, easy clean-up and delicious Peach Cobbler cooked in a dutch oven.
LstTxn2 (author) 2 years ago
I know I have a have a knife in the picture where I am eating, but the truth is I could cut it with a fork. Just remember if something goes wrong (only once for me in 20 roasts). You can finish cookIng over the fire or with brIckettes.
Z0M8I32 years ago
This is great, I might have to try this next time we take the family camping! That roast looks REALLY good. If the taste was as good as the visuals then that must have been one heck of a roast to eat!

Great job!

Now i'm hungry so i'm going to go find a
scoochmaroo2 years ago
This would be a great addition to the Picnic Challenge!
LstTxn2 (author)  scoochmaroo2 years ago
Thanks for the invite!!
droo19662 years ago
Also, If you leave your bread dough overnight to prove in a pre-warmed dutch oven it will be ready to bake for a fresh breakfast. Careful - if you get the oven too hot either your yeast will die or your dough will over prove ane push the lid off your oven.
I have made MANY loaves this way in the outback and the warm bread for breakfast is awesome.

p.s. The lid of a dutch oven makes a great fryan

p.p.s. That roast does look awesome I think I'll try it next time I'm camping with the family.
LstTxn2 (author)  droo19662 years ago
Thanks for the suggestion about the bread. We do a little baking - mostly biscuits that I mix the dry ingredients at home and finish at the campsite. We really love our cast iron and carry 8 - 10 different pieces when we camp - most of which get used.
Wow, that is one fabulous looking roast!
LstTxn2 (author)  jessyratfink2 years ago
It was fabulous, but that might have had more to do with us being extremely hungry. Thanks for your comment - BTW I hope you can see how easy this is!!