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Title: Dutch oven.
Post by: weazletoe on May 22, 2010, 03:19:43 PM
 And not the fart kind, either. Going on my first mountain camping trip next weekend. I scored a dutch oven at a garage sale for 2$. I was hoping someone could give me som great ideas for making breakfast in this thing. (bacon not mandatory, but encouraged  ;D)
 
   Thanks!!
Title: Re: Dutch oven.
Post by: Hokerer on May 22, 2010, 04:39:59 PM
My personal favorite...

http://papadutch.home.comcast.net/~papadutch/dutch-oven-recipe-mtnmanomelet.htm (http://papadutch.home.comcast.net/~papadutch/dutch-oven-recipe-mtnmanomelet.htm)
Title: Re: Dutch oven.
Post by: capozzoli on May 22, 2010, 06:53:07 PM
The price was a good deal that is for sure. is there a name on it? Does it have the cleats on the inside of the lid?

I think a new one is about $100 and some of the old German ones (if you can find them) sell for a couple of hundred bucks.  

Get a bone in shoulder of pork. Put it in the pot with a couiple of whole heads of garlic, a couple of carrots, potatoes etc. a bay leaf or two, fresh rosemary (or dried) salt pepper about a half inch of wine.

Put in the oven on broil for 10 mins then turn down to 350 for a couple of hours. Till the meat becomes roasted and tender and the vege are all carmalizedalicious.

For the camp, cover the pot in red coals,  making sure it doesnt get too hot. Then reduce the amount of coals on and around the pot till you get a good rasting temp. Just make sure it doesnt get to hot and burn. Maybe take a meat thermometer and cook to 160 degrees internal temp and then some if the meat isnt tender yet..

Title: Re: Dutch oven.
Post by: nicneufeld on May 22, 2010, 10:21:11 PM
You could satisfy your inner Boer with potjiekos:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potjiekos

I think of dutch ovens as more for cooking dinner type dishes (stews, etc) than breakfast dishes, for which a frying pan seems more requisite.  But the recipe above sounds quite nice!
Title: Re: Dutch oven.
Post by: beerocd on May 22, 2010, 11:56:45 PM
Get a bone in shoulder of pork. Put it in the pot with a couiple of whole heads of garlic, a couple of carrots, potatoes etc. a bay leaf or two, fresh rosemary (or dried) salt pepper about a half inch of wine.
 Maybe take a meat thermometer and ...

Yeah, just like in the old days....  ::)
Title: Re: Dutch oven.
Post by: weithman5 on May 23, 2010, 03:16:40 AM
both my sons (eagle scouts)  used those often.  they would just make what they called train wrecks.  filled with eggs, chopped potatoes, peppers,onions, sausage, bacon etc.  set it on the coals and put coals on the lid.  make sure you have some salsa or preferably frank's red hot
Title: Re: Dutch oven.
Post by: weazletoe on May 23, 2010, 03:35:51 AM
Well now I'm just hungry. Got a great recipe for a stout stew. Gonna do that for sure. As far as heating this thing, do I just sit it in the coals? Is there some trick to getting the right temps, or is it pretty foolproof? And, do I need to cook the sausage and bacon before I put it in with the eggs? Thanks again!
Title: Re: Dutch oven.
Post by: nicneufeld on May 23, 2010, 12:39:19 PM
Is there some trick to getting the right temps, or is it pretty foolproof?

I'm having visions of your rib experiment gone awry here....lol!
Title: Re: Dutch oven.
Post by: weithman5 on May 23, 2010, 02:09:47 PM
pretty foolproof.  just set it on the coals and put coals around the top of the lid
soap the whole exterior with ivory bar soap and it will clean easier
i always just throw stuff in, but probably be less greasy to have pre cooked bacon and sausage
stop by the library, or local outfitters, they should have a book on dutch oven recipes, i have one somewhere
what part of ohio did you live in, i grew up in galion.
Title: Re: Dutch oven.
Post by: bluesman on May 23, 2010, 02:58:17 PM
Hungarian Goulash is also a great one.

If you have a tripod stand...that would work the best, but if not....lay some hot coals on the lid to heat from the top too.

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Title: Re: Dutch oven.
Post by: weazletoe on May 23, 2010, 03:14:25 PM
what part of ohio did you live in, i grew up in galion.

I'm from Warren, right next to Youngstown. So, you were a lot farther south than me.
Title: Re: Dutch oven.
Post by: deepsouth on May 24, 2010, 01:29:31 PM
cook a chuck roast in it with bacon at the bottom and top of the pan.  rub the roast down real good with a rub and cook it to 215 internal then take it out and pull the beef and integrate some of the bacon and all the juices and add in a little bbq sauce and then cook uncovered for about another hour.
Title: Re: Dutch oven.
Post by: nicneufeld on May 24, 2010, 01:59:39 PM
For a sweeter dish, I've cooked diced apples with smoked sausage over a fire in a hanging pot, dotted with butter and sprinkled liberally with cinnamon, some other spices and brown sugar.  Again, its half dessert, half savory, but its good in its way.
Title: Re: Dutch oven.
Post by: deepsouth on May 24, 2010, 02:05:31 PM
cook a chuck roast in it with bacon at the bottom and top of the pan.  rub the roast down real good with a rub and cook it to 215 internal then take it out and pull the beef and integrate some of the bacon and all the juices and add in a little bbq sauce and then cook uncovered for about another hour.

oh yeah, 1/3 cup maple syrup and 2/3 cup water.
Title: Re: Dutch oven.
Post by: Hokerer on May 24, 2010, 04:28:14 PM
Well now I'm just hungry. Got a great recipe for a stout stew. Gonna do that for sure. As far as heating this thing, do I just sit it in the coals? Is there some trick to getting the right temps, or is it pretty foolproof? And, do I need to cook the sausage and bacon before I put it in with the eggs? Thanks again!

The rest of the site pointed at for the breakfast recipe above has lots of good info on the processes and procedures for camp dutch oven cooking.  As for heating, when you're using the oven for frying/browning/etc, you want all the coals under the oven and the lid off.  This is how you'd do the sausage and bacon in the previous recipe.  Then you want to change over to "oven" mode for the rest of the recipe.  In general, you place two-thirds of your coals on top of the oven and leave one-third underneath.

As for the temps, there are rules of thumb for when you're using briquettes - something like "so many degrees per briquette" (exact figures probably somewhere on that website).  I find they tend to be a little low.  Also they don't do much for regular firewood coals.  You just sorta have to play it by ear and keep an eye on things.

But you gotta balance "keeping an eye on things" with one of the other cardinal rules of dutch oven cooking and that is, keep the number of times you lift the lid to an absolute minimum.  Every time you remove the lid, it's like opening the door to your oven at home (only worse) and, once you put it back on, it takes a while for things to get back to where they were.

Once you get the hang of things, camp dutch oven cooking becomes an incredible pleasure.
Title: Re: Dutch oven.
Post by: chumley on May 24, 2010, 10:56:07 PM
My standard dutch oven breakfast while camping is to make up some bisquick batter, pour into the greased dutch oven, add 4-6 beaten eggs, add your choice of chopped veggies (I like red bell peppers, broccoli, onions, and mushrooms), then finish with 1-2 types of grated cheeses (like extra sharp and jack).  Put the lid on top, stick it in the coals, and add some coals on top.  Cook for 20-30 minutes.  Makes a quichey-sort of thing.
Title: Re: Dutch oven.
Post by: weazletoe on May 25, 2010, 01:17:37 AM
Chumley, that sounds FANTASTIC!! Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner. Elvis has left the building.  ;D
Title: Re: Dutch oven.
Post by: bluesman on May 25, 2010, 01:48:21 AM
Elvis has left the building.............Thank you and Good night!   ;D

I fixed it for you.  ;)
Title: Re: Dutch oven.
Post by: deepsouth on May 25, 2010, 01:54:16 AM
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Title: Re: Dutch oven.
Post by: beerocd on May 25, 2010, 02:09:42 AM
Deepsouth... you got a serious addiction to expensive cook gear dontcha??? Not that there's anything wrong with it.... just being observant.  ;)
Title: Re: Dutch oven.
Post by: weazletoe on May 25, 2010, 02:26:32 AM
Dude!! That is AWESOME!!!  :o
Title: Re: Dutch oven.
Post by: deepsouth on May 25, 2010, 12:02:48 PM
Deepsouth... you got a serious addiction to expensive cook gear dontcha??? Not that there's anything wrong with it.... just being observant.  ;)

my goal is for it to last more than my lifetime, so if that happens, i'll finish ahead i figure.
Title: Re: Dutch oven.
Post by: BrewArk on May 26, 2010, 05:55:18 PM
Deepsouth... you got a serious addiction to expensive cook gear dontcha??? Not that there's anything wrong with it.... just being observant.  ;)

my goal is for it to last more than my lifetime, so if that happens, i'll finish ahead i figure.

With that much cholesterol, you should be careful what you wish for!  ;D
Title: Re: Dutch oven.
Post by: EHall on May 26, 2010, 11:43:23 PM
Man I love cooking in cast iron! Thats pretty much all I use at home anymore...  as for the clarification on how much charcoal to use... This is a great chart, but again its only a guide.
http://papadutch.home.comcast.net/~papadutch/LodgeBakingTempChart.doc

He had more info here to which is good.
http://papadutch.home.comcast.net/~papadutch/dutch-oven-cooking-tips.htm
Title: Re: Dutch oven.
Post by: euge on May 27, 2010, 04:29:30 PM
Pork shoulder in a Dutch oven inside a Big Green Egg? Makes total sense. That Shredded Pork looks just right. +10
Title: Re: Dutch oven.
Post by: deepsouth on May 27, 2010, 04:55:39 PM
Pork shoulder in a Dutch oven inside a Big Green Egg? Makes total sense. That Shredded Pork looks just right. +10

that's actually two chuck roasts.  pulled beef!

i cooked it to 160 outside the dutch oven and then again uncovered after it reached 215 internal. 
Title: Re: Dutch oven.
Post by: deepsouth on May 27, 2010, 04:58:33 PM
Deepsouth... you got a serious addiction to expensive cook gear dontcha??? Not that there's anything wrong with it.... just being observant.  ;)

my goal is for it to last more than my lifetime, so if that happens, i'll finish ahead i figure.

With that much cholesterol, you should be careful what you wish for!  ;D


i save that kind of stuff for weekends.  during the week, i eat a lot of vegetables and lower cholesterol food.  i could probably stand to lose ten pounds, but *knocks on wood* my cholesterol has always been good.  thank goodness.
Title: Re: Dutch oven.
Post by: SwashBuckling Drunk on June 01, 2010, 10:45:27 PM
I don't have any recipes, but I've had friends make some killer cobblers in a dutch oven while camping.  Always a crowd fave.
Title: Re: Dutch oven.
Post by: bluefoxicy on July 29, 2010, 04:09:13 PM
And not the fart kind, either. Going on my first mountain camping trip next weekend. I scored a dutch oven at a garage sale for 2$. I was hoping someone could give me som great ideas for making breakfast in this thing. (bacon not mandatory, but encouraged  ;D)
 
   Thanks!!

You can bake bread, biscuits, cornbread, etc in a dutch oven pretty quick.  Hell, Pizza.

You can flip the lid over, too, and use it as a griddle to fry eggs and pancakes (you have buttermilk and blueberries, right?).