I’m not much of a camper, but I love cooking over an outside fire. So instead of heading out into the woods to do my cooking, I bring the campfire cookout to my backyard.
An open fire isn’t a great option for my family. My sister and I live together and between us, have eight kids, ranging in age from 2 to 11. So I build my “campfire” in a charcoal grill, using both charcoal and wood so the kids get a real campfire experience. (You could also use a gas grill, which provides plenty of heat but no fire.)
These recipes require a small amount of kitchen prep, but all are cooked completely over the fire—something the kids will love to help with, from finding their own perfect stick to sprinkling sweet cinnamon sugar on their “snakes.” You may never go camping again.
By Keri Fisher, a food writer in Villanova, Pa.