With the weather warming up, it’s time to start thinking about doing things outside: sitting out with friends on a patio, going to the beach and playing some outdoor sports. For us Canadians, summer also means that we can start thinking about taking advantage of the great outdoors that are on our doorstep, and going camping. But camping, while fun, can be a pain in the butt. After all, without a proper stove, how do you cook your bacon? Today, we’re going to come to your rescue with some helpful hints on how to prepare the best camping bacon.
Bacon on a Stick
One of the most basic ways to cook bacon is to put it on a stick and shove it over a fire. It’s how the cavemen ate bacon! (Errrr, I’m not sure if that’s *exactly* true.) The benefit to this method is that it will give you a really lean and crispy bacon: during the cooking process, a lot of the bacon fat will drip into the ashes. However, because campfires have really variable heat, you have to be super careful – it could take forever to cook or instantly collapse into flames. But this method will also give you that smoky texture that adds to bacon’s flavour.
As you might have seen here before, here’s a video showcasing the technique:
Bacon In A Skillet
This site claims that cooking bacon in a skillet is too “girly,” but I disagree. I think it’s a really smart way to cook bacon while you are camping. And unless you are backpacking or travelling long distances, it’s probably pretty easy to bring a skillet along with you. If you want to add some authentic campfire flavour, add some flavoured wood chips (just one or two or you’ll start a fire) into the skillet.
Bacon In a Paper Bag
This one’s my favourite. It helps you retain the bacon grease, and if you are backpacking, you don’t have to carry a skillet through the woods. All you need is a paper bag. You can see how, here:
Basically, as the host explains, the key to cooking bacon and eggs over a campfire in a paper bag is to cover the inside of the paper bag with the bacon grease. This will stop it from bursting into flames. And when you are done, you can simply eat the bacon and eggs while they’re still in the paper bag. Neat!
Well, I never thought I’d be recommending this, but if you are seriously concerned about your ability to cook bacon on your camping trip, maybe you should consider taking some tactical bacon along. However, I can’t attest to its quality, so don’t blame me if you feel the flavour is not quenching any bacon-needs at the moment.
Jim Gaffigan on Camping and Bacon
Well, even if camping isn’t your shtick, Jim Gaffigan understands your pain. He jokes about camping and bacon in this clip:
As he says, the only bad part about bacon is that it makes you thirsty … thirsty for more bacon!