Plan on some amazing meals from chefs in the West who love to camp
Elaine Johnson and Molly Watson
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Grilled Chicken with Whiskey Barebecue Sauce and Spicy Slaw
Chef Kelly Liken of Restaurant Kelly Liken in Vail, CO always brings Leopold Bros. or Stranahan’s small-batch Colorado Whiskey (both from Denver) and a bag of ice cubes when she camps. Don’t forget to pack a heatproof brush for basting the chicken, too.
5 of 9Photo by Victor Protasio; food styled by Margaret Dickey; props styled by Audrey Davis
Gaucho Steak with Four-Herb Chimichurri
Guy Fieri, host of Food Network shows Guy’s Big Bite and Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, grew up camping (his first trip was at the tender age of 6 months). These days, his camping box has been replaced by easy-to-use portable grills and a comfy RV, but he’s no less dedicated to cooking outdoors.
The flavor in this dish, like Fieri himself, just doesn’t stop. The sharp, slightly herby marinade tenderizes and flavors the meat and makes a great bridge to the chimichurri. If you want to cook the steak on the second day of your trip, freeze it in the marinade at home and let it defrost in the cooler while you’re at camp.
The trick to doing camp food well, Guy Fieri has learned, is to plan and prep at home. This dish is the perfect example. Cut the vegetables and make the dressing before you leave for your trip, then toss everything together when you’re ready to eat. Use a handheld slicer (like a mandoline or a Benriner) to make cutting the vegetables easier.
Guy Fieri loves to make this treat on a camping adventure. Any berry or berry combination works in this cake, which has a dry, crumbly topping that combines with the berry juices for a rich, sweet treat. Pack the frozen berries in a cooler and make this on the first night of camping, before they thaw completely.