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4 Ways to Make Cooking While Camping Much Easier

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Cooking and camping go hand in hand, but some people enjoy it while others don’t. 

Regardless of which category you fit into, a setup that is easier to use will make life off-grid a lot better.

In this article, we’ll go over a few products that we’ve used over the years that make cooking at camp easier and more enjoyable. 

Table of Contents

Cooking While Camping – Have Additional Prep Space

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When cooking at camp, we need space to prep and cook our food. Doing everything on one single table can get cramped; therefore, a second space is a good idea.

A great option that we have used for a while now – and that solves the space issue – is the Tire Table

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This table easily mounts on your vehicle’s tire and remains stable regardless of how level or unlevel the ground might be. This makes it the perfect area for meal preparation!

It can hold 50lbs and is made from powder-coated aircraft grade 6061 aluminum, which is extremely lightweight and rust-resistant. 

Combine this with a larger table that you can use for cooking, and your outdoor kitchen game will be on a whole other level!

Cooking While Camping – Camp Chef PRO60X

Camp Chef Pro60x Stove

Cooking great food requires using a great stove, and this is exactly what the Camp Chef PRO60X is.

For years, this stove has set the standard for outdoor cooking, and now it has become even better due to an all-new design.

It features a total output of 60,000 BTU and has matchless ignition, a 14 x 32-inch cooking grate, a three-sided windscreen, and folding side shelves.


Along with the stove, you can use multiple 16” accessories like a pizza oven on one side and griddle on the other, or a Dutch oven on the right and a BBQ box on the left – the possibilities are endless!

Camp Chef is one of the best manufacturers of camping stoves, and that is obvious when looking at the quality and performance of this grill. Yes, it’s a big fella to take with you on overlanding trips, but as someone who has done just that, it’s worth it!

Cooking While Camping – Lights

KC Flex Era

A big portion of cooking when camping is done during dark hours. Because of this, we need to invest in a quality light system which will make the task much easier.

This might sound a bit overkill, but what about using a light like the KC Flex Era 3 on an adjustable mount? You can have both a driving light and a cooking/camp set up light for the space of one.

You simply find a spot on your vehicle that will work well for both purposes, and you’re done!

Besides, you can’t beat the craftsmanship and quality of KC HiLites, so your investment in a driving and campsite light will be well worth it. You’ll be able to cook all night long with the light output from this bad boy! And with its rugged construction, this light will stand up to the task of camping, overlanding, and off-roading in even the toughest conditions.

Cooking While Camping – Dutch Oven

Overmont Dutch Oven

A Dutch Oven is one of the best tools for cooking while camping available. It can make meals for a whole family both easily and effectively. Simply fill it up with ingredients, place it in the campfire and let it cook. You can make anything from pasta to full-on stews – it is as versatile as it gets. 

Our product of choice would be the Overmont. It comes pre-seasoned, and unlike other products, it is made from cast iron, so it will last for a long time. It’s inexpensive, too, at around $55.00!

Cooking While Camping – Cast-Iron Pan

12-inch cast-iron pan

Let’s be honest, no camping trip is complete without a cast-iron pan. A cast-iron pan is great because it can be used straight over a campfire as it is tough enough to take the heat. It also provides a unique taste to your food that gets better as the pan ages. 

Our product of choice comes from Backcountry. Their 12-inch cast-iron pan comes pre-seasoned and can be used with confidence on all sources of fire. It is proudly designed in the USA and has the quality needed to serve you for years to come. 

Final Thoughts 

Cooking While Camping

Photo by Kroshanosha via iStock

Cooking at camp can be an immensely rewarding experience – especially if the food turns out great. The products mentioned above will make the whole process much easier and will probably lead to better results as well!

If you have any further questions regarding cooking while camping or anything else off-road or overland-related, head over to the forum section of our page. 

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