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7 Foods You Can Roast Over a Campfire Besides Marshmallows

A man and woman roasting hot dogs over a campfire in the woods.
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Many of us love roasting marshmallows and building messy, gooey s’mores. But what if we told you there were a few other foods that taste amazing when roasted over a campfire?

There are numerous camping recipes available on the internet, but most involve fancy cooking tools. There’s no need for cooktops or grill gates here, though, because nothing beats a stick when it comes to camp cooking.

For sanitary purposes, you can also use heavy-duty bamboo sticks to make any of these seven campfire-roasted foods.

Thick Bread

This one takes a bit of creativity, but the rewards are worth it because, let’s face it, buttered toast is just the best! Weave your stick through a slice of bread a few times until it’s securely fastened. If the bread is thick, you might be able to just skewer the entire stick through the thick part.

Place a secured slice near the fire, but not directly over the flame. The beams of heat will rapidly toast your bread. Then, just spread a bit of peanut butter and jelly on it, or keep it simple with some melted buttery goodness.

Tasty Hot Dogs

Campfire hot dogs are always a fun way to get the kids involved. Simply push the large skewers or sticks through the hot dogs and roast them over the flame.

You can toast up a few buns, as well. Grab the mustard and relish and enjoy savor every bite.

Briny Bacon

Sausage and bacon on sticks cooking over a campfire.
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Just like the sliced bread we included above, you can weave bacon at the end of a skewer for a tasty nighttime or morning meal. Many people claim twisting bacon over a stick will do the trick, but weaving it will cook it more evenly.

Be sure to leave small gaps between each weave and rotate the skewers every few minutes until it reaches the desired crispiness. This can take 15 to 20 minutes to cook the bacon all the way through, so be patient.

Crunchy Corn on the Cob

The charred flavor of campfire corn is out of this world! You’ll want to start by building a fire with intense flames. As you wait for your fire to burn down to hot coals (your heat source), prepare your corn.

With it still in its husk, place your corn in a large bowl or pot of water. Let it soak for at least 25 to 30 minutes, or until the bed of coals is ready.

Once all the flames have died down, use long tongs to place your corn directly on the coals and flip it every few minutes to avoid burning it. The husk will burn a bit, which is good, but be sure to rotate, so you don’t burn through to the actual corn.

Let the corn cool, and then carefully pull off the husk. Cover it in butter and enjoy this smokey treat.

Roasted Veggie Kabobs

Roasting veggies over an open fire on a skewer.
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Here’s a fail-safe way to get your kids to eat their vegetables. They’ll have so much fun roasting them, they won’t be able to resist eating something they cooked on their own.

Wash, cut, and coat your veggies of choice in a little olive oil, and then place the pieces on a skewer or large stick. Hold the veggies by the fire, but not directly over the flame. Rotate them multiple times until they’re ready.

Add a little salt and pepper right before munching down. Roasted zucchini, baby bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, squash, and onions all taste delicious with some natural smokey flavor.

Garlic-Butter Shrimp

If you love shrimp kabobs, then you already love campfire shrimp, too. Just mix a stick of melted garlic butter with two tablespoons of sundried tomato pesto and set it aside.

Skewer your uncooked shrimp on the ends of long camping skewers, and then baste them with the garlic-tomato butter. Place your shrimp over the fire and rotate them every few minutes or so.

Before turning, always baste them with a little more garlic butter. Enjoy these with the roasted veggies we covered above.

Sweet Fruit

Many types of fruit taste delicious roasted over an open flame. The best part is they take on a new consistency and comforting flavor after they’re fire-roasted.

Strawberries and pineapple chunks are the most popular, but you can try just about anything. Be sure to chop them into bite-size pieces before you roast them.

You can take things to the next level by sprinkling some cinnamon-sugar or spreading Nutella or caramel on your roasted fruit.


If this doesn’t give you the perfect excuse to go camping, we don’t know what will. Get the kids involved and have fun!

Emilee Unterkoefler Emilee Unterkoefler
Emilee Unterkoefler is a freelance food writer, hiking enthusiast, and mama with over ten years of experience working in the food industry. Read Full Bio »

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