Recently, I co-hosted a camping event. When we decided to put ribs on the menu, we had no idea how hot it would be that weekend. No one wanted to have a campfire because it was so brutally hot. And I surely did not want to cook over one. It definitely was too hot to cook over a fire.
Anticipate the weather
I checked the forecast and knew I did not want to cook over the fire in 98 degree weather. I decided to cook the ribs at home before I left. First, I slow cooked them in the oven for about 3 hours, cut them into serving size pieces and put them in foil oven bags with a little extra BBQ sauce. As it turned out the forecast was correct. It was too hot to cook over a fire. I brought along my 22 Qt electric roaster oven., set the bags of ribs into it and plugged it in. A few hours later, dinner was served. The ribs were great. They were tender and fell off the bone with ease.
I was never fond of crock pot or insta-pot meals. The food always seems steamed, not crisp like you get in the oven. The electric oven roaster is now my new best friend to take along camping.
And I must thank my friend Carol for being the bargain shopper that she is and dragging us to the goodwill store. I got lucky and found an 18 Qt electric oven roaster still in the box sealed with plastic for $25! They normally sell for $74-$94 online. https://www.farmandfleet.com/products/1246948-nesco-18-qt-electric-roaster-oven-red.html?blaintm_source=google&blaintm_medium=pla&gclid=CjwKCAjwyvaJBhBpEiwA8d38vI-hZzF-fNwQfvs95BsKNOcL61CN3spgChIbet352yVEg37uofvnhhoCF04QAvD_BwE
I will be trying out new meals before my next camping trip. I may even try the pineapple upside down cakes in tuna cans with this too.
When it is too hot to cook over a fire…bring an oven! .