Campfire Cooking Tips and Tricks

A family of four roasts marshmallows over a fire pit.

After hiking, swimming, playing or relaxing in a Florida State Park, there is nothing like cooking over an open fire.

Some parks offer grills to cook on, while others have designated campfire rings.

Whether you are looking for a gourmet meal or just want to toast marshmallows for s’mores, discover some tasty tips and healthy recipes for your next camping trip.

Cooking Tips, Tricks and Recipes
A closeup of roasting marshmallows over an open fire.

The most basic way to cook is over an open fire using a stick or long skewer: Think kebabs or marshmallows. Turn your food often so it cooks evenly. And remember, cooking right over an open flame isn’t necessarily the best idea. Coals can offer more consistent heat with less risk of burning your dinner.

If your campfire has a grill — or if you bring one with you — you can use a cast iron skillet or Dutch oven to fry, sauté or bake your meal. But if you want to keep it simple, you can use an empty coffee can or a foil packet meal for an all-in-one option. You can layer vegetables, meat and seasonings together to make sure everything cooks perfectly.

Check out these Healthy Campfire Cooking Recipes from the Florida Department of Health for more ideas on how to make a delicious meal right at your campsite:


Keep It Safe
A visitor tends to a campfire at a campsite.

Regardless of where you’re staying, make sure to follow the campfire rules of the park. To prevent wildfires, the state of Florida sometimes enacts open campfire bans. 

Remember to purchase local firewood. Florida State Parks do not allow visitors to collect firewood on-site, and firewood from other states or regions may bring unwanted pests.