Are you heading out on a camping trip, but you’re nervous about roasting hotdogs and making s’mores? If you’re not confident about off-road cooking, here are 3 tips for better campfire cooking.

1. Build a safe fire

When you’re building a campfire for cooking, safety should be your top priority. It’s important to ensure the fire can’t spread or burn out of control. To keep the campfire contained, use large rocks to create a circle around the fire, or dig a small trench around the fire instead. And, of course, make sure your campfire is fully extinguished once you’re finished cooking.

2. Cook over the coals

The heat from an open flame is very strong and also inconsistent, which means if you cook close to the flame, it’s very likely you’ll char or burn your food. Instead, you want to cook around the glowing coals. The glowing coals release a much more subtle, steady heat, giving you more control and even cooking temperatures. Use a long stick to break up the logs and push them aside, exposing more coals for campfire cooking.

3. Turn your food frequently

To ensure your food is being cooked thoroughly, it’s important you constantly turn it. This will distribute the heat evenly, and it will also prevent fat from dripping onto the embers, which could cause a big flame. Foods have varying cook times, so there’s no hard and fast rule for how often you should turn your food. Just keep it moving and rotating for a deep, thorough cook.

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