My favorite meals have come from the heat of a campfire or the excitement of a duck blind. Make no mistake, I like most foods, but those that came from the crackle of an open fire or the camaraderie of the duck blind….that taste lingers!
The duck blind is a time for special dishes from a more hidden menu. Dishes you don’t find every day have a solid place in such venues. I am not going to fill you full of recipes as the Rawlinson men take an oath at age five to keep these in the family. But here are a few tips that can make outdoor cooking fun and exciting!
Venison is one of the best kept secrets in the modern world. Many will consume this special treat but few know how to actually prepare it. Venison steaks beg to be flash grilled over an open flame for the first few minutes. This serves to sear the outside and trap the rich flavor and juices inside.
Venison steaks are best served cooked no warmer than medium. Anything longer will actually hurt the flavor and texture. The steak should be red in the middle! You will notice this method makes them juicy and tender.
Venison steaks also do very well with rubs and marinades. One my my favorites it so marinade in brown sugar and bourbon over night. Sprinkle with garlic salt and your cookin! I also like cracked pepper rubs mixed with garlic salt and brown sugar.
Add a new twist to a standard treat by serving candied bacon! I prefer the thickest cuts of bacon you can find and drizzle with brown sugar while on the skillet. This can turn a normal breakfast to something extraordinary! This assumes you are using a well seasoned cast iron skillet….nothing compares for flavor.
Duck Blind Biscuits
Bacon, egg and cheese biscuits are awesome in the duck blind or at camp. I start with the bacon and brown sugar on the skillet. When cooked, I remove the bacon and add a sliced sweet onion to the skillet. When the onion is cooked tender, I fry the eggs and add cracked pepper and garlic salt. At this time I toast the english muffins over the skillet and put it all together. Top it with a ring of grilled pineapple and this sandwich is incredible on flavor.
Now is the time to experiment on a few dishes over a campfire. Everyone eats while camping. Make your dishes legendary!
See You Out There