Outdoor Cooking

Dutch Oven Venison Chili


  • 1 pound venison, ground or cubed

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced or minced

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 2 teaspoons cumin

  • 1 teaspoon coriander

  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 6-ounce can tomato paste

Dutch Oven Breakfast


  • 1 pound bacon, ham or sage sausage

  • 1 26-ounce package of frozen hash browns, or equivalent

  • 1 dozen eggs

  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

  • Salt and pepper to taste


Grits and granola will do the trick for a day or two, but after just a few mornings in the woods I'm ready for a breakfast hearty enough to get me over the mountain or around the next river bend.

One Pot Chicken, Rice and Veggies

Prep Time: 10 minutes 

Cook Time: 25 minutes 

Servings: 4


  • 2 large chicken breasts (1 ½ pounds of chicken)

  • 2 tbs. of your favorite chicken rub, such Hi Mountain Poultry Rub

  • 1 package Knorr Sides Rice Medley

  • 12 oz. bag Vegetable Medley or 1 cup each of broccoli, cauliflower and carrots

  • 4 tbs. olive oil

  • 2 cups water

  • ½ tsp. salt

  • ¼ tsp. pepper

  • Grated cheese, optional

How to Pack Any Cooler to Keep Your Food Colder Longer (video)

9 Best Ways to Keep Your Food Cold Longer in a Cooler

Whether you’re willing to spend hundreds of dollars on a roto-molded cooler or your budget is more in line with a traditional double-walled cooler – we all want the same thing. We want a cooler to keep our food and drinks cold for as long as possible!

Chocolate Stuffed Bananas

Prep Time: 15 minutes 

Cook Time: 5-10 minutes 

Servings: 4-8


  • 3-4 bananas

  • 1 tbs canola oil

  • 1 small bar milk or dark chocolate, broken into squares

  • 1/2 cup toasted almond pieces

  • Vanilla ice cream


1. Leaving the peel on, cut the bananas in half, lengthwise.

2. Brush cut side with canola oil and place skin side up on a well lubricated medium hot grill.

The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Hunting Morel Mushrooms (video)

How You Can Find Morel Mushrooms this Spring!

If you’re a spring turkey hunter, particularly in the Midwest, you’ve probably run across other hunters in the woods who are definitely not turkey hunting … at least at the moment. They are walking very slowly, usually in small circles. They exhibit a stooped, head-down posture, but they don’t have their smartphones out.

6 Proven Pie Iron Recipes to Up Your Pudgie Pie Cooking Game (video)

Cooking pudgy pies with a pie iron over an open fire is usually thought of as something to keep the kiddies occupied during a camping trip. They turn out grilled cheese sandwiches, toasted PB & J's, and s’mores and go away happy with the evidence on their cheeks. But wait, what about the grown-ups?

Mountain Man Cooking Recipes (video)

Let’s just admit it. Any time you go camping, you feel like a mountain man. It doesn’t matter whether you're hunting in the wilderness or you’ve packed into a remote camp somewhere on the Snake River in Idaho; canoed to a secluded island site in the BWCA; or simply rolled the RV down the road to a KOA. Waking up in “camp” instills that first explorer, mountain man feeling.