Best meal in the field


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gspn
June 8, 2014, 09:54 PM
Like the title says…whats the best you've eaten in the field. The only rule is that it can't have been cooked on a stove…lots of people have cabins with a normal kitchen but that doesn't count for this evolution.

It can be a prepackaged deal, it can be something you whipped up on your own. I'll start.

Best overall was a venison tenderloin cooked on a big wood burning heater we had in the barn/shop at the hunting camp. A buddy of mine was with me, he was an armorer in the Marine Corps so it never crossed my mind that he might be able to cook. In fact I'd have lost a bet on that if the question had ever come up. He can shoot, he can fix guns, and he can pick up some really heavy stuff…but cooking wasn't even on the radar.

Mid day we were all sitting around trying not to freeze and he breaks out a bag with the tenderloin from the day before. I suggested we could cook it in a pan on the heater and he created a dynamite dish from it. I have no idea what he did but it was magic. The three of us sat around stabbing at perfectly seasoned and cooked bits of tenderloin with our knives. It was nice to get a little hot chow in us before the afternoon hunt.

Second best was a dehydrated Pad Thai meal that i had on a solo fishing trip. After 15 minutes in some hot water I was eating Pad Thai by my campfire. Pretty neat…way better than any MRE I ever had.

I got to thinking about this today because I'm thinking of "upping my game" so to speak on this years outings. I have hours to kill after the sun goes down and nothing to do but tend the campfire…might as well pass the time by preparing a top notch meal.

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Patocazador
June 8, 2014, 10:27 PM
My brother and I were hunting small game near Lincoln, Montana and camping out in a 3 man pop-up tent. We had killed a few Hungarian partridge and cooked them on a willow spit over an open fire. It was quite late by the time they were done but the wait was soooo worth it.

Second best was camping with my wife and 2 kids in New Brunswick, Canada. We caught 4 big brookies and planked 2 and fried the other 2. Man, were we stuffed.

R.W.Dale
June 8, 2014, 10:42 PM
My fav especially when solo is campfire cooked baked potatoes and a can of chili dumped on top.

The slightly overcooked skins are the best part. Goes great with cold PBR (after the guns are put away)

witchhunter
June 8, 2014, 10:42 PM
Small trout rolled in butter and cornmeal wrapped in foil and tossed in the coals. Burritos made the night before, wrapped in foil and left on the intake manifold. When you get there they are good and done....

cowpoke
June 8, 2014, 11:10 PM
Me & Wife tent camping in Nov. Big slab of beef over oak coals

rcmodel
June 8, 2014, 11:19 PM
Fresh Walleye filets rubbed with a garlic clove in butter & new baby red potatoes cooked in butter in a tinfoil pan over an open campfire.
With maybe some wild Morel mushrooms you found along the bank while catching the Walleye.

Seems that all comes together only once or twice in a lifetime though.

Fresh pheasant breasts or quail ain't too bad roasted on a stick either.

For that matter, a package of hotdogs, or scrambled eggs & bacon over a campfire after a long day in the field tastes like the best thing you ever ate at the finest restaurant!

rc

gspn
June 8, 2014, 11:28 PM
Fresh Walleye filets rubbed with a garlic clove in butter & new baby red potatoes cooked in butter in a tinfoil pan over an open campfire.
With maybe some wild Morel mushrooms you found along the bank while catching the Walleye.

rc

I imagine that would work equally well with bass, catfish, or crappie…that it going into my playbook!

gspn
June 8, 2014, 11:29 PM
i had forgotten about the times I used to bring eggs and bacon to the duck blind. I'd pack it all in and cook breakfast for everyone on my little Peak 1 camp stove. Later in the morning I'd cook fresh mallard breasts in the bacon grease from breakfast…mmmmmm.

rcmodel
June 8, 2014, 11:49 PM
Heres another quick & easy one for a back-up plan if you don't kill or catch anything.

Get an aluminum throw-away pan.
A package of Johnsonville brats.
Two large Vidalia red onions.
A half bottle of beer.
And enough tinfoil to cover and seal the pan.

Chop or slice the onions, place on top and under the brats, then pour the beer in.
Cover & seal the pan and place in hot coals for an hour or so.

They will be ready when you are!

Good on buns, good on bread, or good just the way you scoop them out of the pan with your hunting knife.
The juice is good enough to drink when it cools off enough to sip it!

Red potato's quartered in salt, pepper & butter in a tinfoil packet in the coals is real good to go with it too!

And fresh ear corn from a field when in season.
Almost forgot that!

rc

MCgunner
June 8, 2014, 11:58 PM
Fried rabbit, squirrel, boiled dandelion greens, nopalitos fresh picked, tenderloin of vension....but all cooked on a camper stove, pop up, motorhome, or trailer, so sue me. :D I eat well in the field, though.

Grayrock
June 9, 2014, 01:08 AM
Fresh dolphin (mahi-mahi) filets dredged in melted butter, then breaded in instant mashed potato flakes (Ore-Ida, I think) then pan fried in butter over a driftwood fire on the beach in Pt. Aransas with potatoes/ onion/ tomatoes/ mushrooms wrapped in foil buried by the campfire. (Mahi-mahi caught off-shore on a cattle-boat fishing expedition). Yummilicious!!!!

rcmodel
June 9, 2014, 01:24 AM
What! :D

YOU ATE FLIPPER, dredged in instant mashed potato's! :eek:

Never mind, not that kind of Dolphin. :banghead:

Sounds delicious!!!!

rc

gspn
June 9, 2014, 01:44 AM
Heres another quick & easy one for a back-up plan if you don't kill or catch anything.



You'd be surprised how often I manage to do just that...

blindhari
June 9, 2014, 02:01 AM
Four of us pheasant hunting the second day of the first time I carried a shotgun. First day (1962) we took full limits of 6 birds per gun. Mom baked 5 pheasant for us and put them in the cooler. By 10:30 we had another 24 birds and quit hunting to set down and eat a whole cold baked pheasant apiece. The 5th pheasant was for our dog. All of us home by 1:30 and the days birds were cleaned and in the freezer by three. I was 14 on Nov 11, my birthday.

blindhari

Grayrock
June 9, 2014, 02:07 AM
Sounds like great memories, Blindhari.

gspn
June 9, 2014, 02:12 AM
Blindhari...youre bringing back some fond memories with all this talk about limits of pheasants. Classy touch cooking a bird for the dog too!

buck460XVR
June 9, 2014, 11:20 AM
Some of my best meals in the woods have been surprise finds of wild blueberries, raspberries or black caps while trout fishing or cool crisp apples or grapes found in a long deserted orchard somewhere while hunting grouse, or a batch of morels found while turkey hunting in the spring.


One of my youngest son's favorite snacks while deer hunting is what he calls "Jerky Bacon". Strips of Homemade Jerky heated by laying them over the grate of the Mr. Heater in the deer blind. Not only are they better warm, but the warm meat is appreciated on a cold November day after several hours in the blind. Also tends to remove a bit of the boredom while waiting for game to appear and quenches the persistent rumblings in your stomach.

MtnCreek
June 9, 2014, 11:38 AM
Small brown trout wrapped in foil and buried in coals. A little butter, bacon or salt pork added (if you have it). Irish tators and sweet corn are great buried in coals too.

If you pack an onion, leave the peel on it and split in half. Remove much on the inner rings and set aside for something else. Chop up fresh kill (inner tenderloins(!)) and place in onion halves. You can chop and add some of the inner onion to the mix if wanted. Secure with some small hardwood (something that won't add nasty taste) skewers and bury in coals. Yum.

Patocazador
June 9, 2014, 11:52 AM
One that I only did once because of the ashes: dress and pluck a large duck (mallard, can, pintail) and rub with Tony Chachere's Creole seasoning, wrap a river rock the size of the gut cavity in foil and put it in the hot campfire coals overnight. In the morning dig out the hot rock, unwrap it and put it in the duck's gut cavity and wrap in 2 layers of foil. Go duck hunting.
When you get back, unwrap the the foil, toss the rock, and eat a delicious meal.

MCgunner
June 9, 2014, 12:17 PM
What!

YOU ATE FLIPPER, dredged in instant mashed potato's!

Never mind, not that kind of Dolphin.

Sounds delicious!!!!

Known locally as Dolphin in Texas, same fish is known as "Dorado" or "El Dorado" south of the river. Mahi mahi is the trendy name, Hawaiian I guess, but I've never been to Hawaii and ain't very trendy, just a dull old man. :D

gamestalker
June 9, 2014, 02:56 PM
We've eaten everything from venison tenderloins, quail, pheasant, fish, you name it.
I think one the most memorable meals was out quail hunting with one of my boys a couple years ago, and by 10 am we were both pretty famished, didn't eat breakfast yet. So I grabbed some mesquite sticks, built a fire and proceeded to have quail for brunch. We had our cooler in the back of the truck with bacon, so I wrapped the quail with small strips, so it would cook faster and not get insulated by the bacon. I found some scrap barb wire pieces so we used those to skewer them, tasty treat.

In South Dakota we've done something similar, but with pheasant. No mesquite though, but oak isn't bad either.

Now tenderloins, that's probably the best meal we do, and fairly often during deer season. But it's not as spur of the moment, more of a days end traditional meal. Back strap, bacon wrapped, mesquite cooked. Oh man, I'm hungry now. It's about time to cook up those wild turkey in the freezer.

GS

Cooldill
June 9, 2014, 02:58 PM
A can of sardines in hot sauce between two slices of German rye bread is just about the best meal in the field I ever ate.

That and a buffalo chicken MRE. Those are good.

Gottahaveone
June 9, 2014, 05:18 PM
I think my favorite meals were when I lived in Colorado, and my buddy and I would 4 wheel to a little place we found up on top of Elk Mountain in the Routt Nat Forest. Dinner was usually a steak over the campfire coals and foil wrapped potatoes cooked in the ashes. Along with plenty of adult beverages.

We always cooked a couple of extra potatoes, and the next morning we would wake up in that clear, cold air and throw a package of Chorizo in one skillet and scramble a dozen eggs in another. Take a large, fresh tortilla, put some left over diced baked potatos, chorizo, scrambled eggs, shredded cheese and just the right amount of hot sauce and roll up the best breakfast burrito I have ever had the pleasure to eat. Along with a steaming mug of coffee......

Double_J
June 9, 2014, 06:00 PM
Let me see, first would be the "hobo stew," which is onion, stew meat, carrots, garlic, salt, pepper, and a little butter all wraped in aluminum foil and droped in the coals. Next would be fresh caught speckled trout, red fish, flounder, lemon fish, or red snapper, after that would be a can of wolf brand chili with crushed up saltine crackers.

gspn
June 9, 2014, 07:57 PM
mesquite sticks
built a fire
scrap barb wire pieces so we used those to skewer them

GS

Well if that ain't the manliest thing I've read all year then I'll be a monkey's uncle. :D

rcmodel
June 9, 2014, 08:45 PM
And he didn't even tell you about pulling the fence staples out to get the barb wire loose with his teeth! :D

rc

gamestalker
June 9, 2014, 09:00 PM
No nothing like that RC, just using what was available to make it come together over an open fire.

We've also made a grill a time or two by using scrap barb wire. Weaving the pieces makes for a good sturdy grill when your son has forgotten the grill, yet again for the millionth time. Doesn't work so hot for cooking beans on though, they always seem to fall right through?

GS

blarby
June 9, 2014, 09:10 PM
Everyday fare ? Mountain house. ORegon made, prepack goodness that actually tastes good.

Best ever ? Thats a toughy.... But steak on a stick thats been swishing around in italian dressing in your pack for the last of that 12 hour hump tastes about as good as its likely to get.

Best kit ever ? Jetboil. Period, 100%, no joke, I've had my fair share of camping kit, and that baby is irreplaceable. Many fake ones... they all suck. Get the real deal, with the Ti cup, and the french press insert for coffee.

Everything the jetboil can't do, your fire and a stick can.

short barrel
June 9, 2014, 09:15 PM
For me it is the breast of a grouse cooked slowly over a hardwood fire.

gspn
June 9, 2014, 09:35 PM
Best kit ever ? Jetboil. Period, 100%, no joke, I've had my fair share of camping kit, and that baby is irreplaceable. Many fake ones... they all suck. Get the real deal, with the Ti cup, and the french press insert for coffee.

Everything the jetboil can't do, your fire and a stick can.

Muy interesante. I was just looking at a Jetboil to replace my old Peak 1 camp stove. Love the idea of the french press insert.

Sun Tzu warrior
June 9, 2014, 10:21 PM
Best for me, cooked in a dutch oven cooked with the coal method, venison (whatever kind you have, but I wouldn't use the tenderloins) with enough of this mixture to cover meat; 1 jar of mild pepperoncini peppers, 16 ounce can of beer (cheaper the better, I don't drink it anyway) 1 can of beef broth. when the meat is falling apart it's done. Eat on french bread, or for those of us who can't get that use "hoggie" rolls.

Second best, marinate (your favorite) strips of venison, cut the size of your index finger. spoon some cream cheese into a quarter de-seeded jalapeno pepper. (cut long ways) put the meat with the pepper, wrap in bacon and cook til the bacon is done. You can substitute onion for the pepper if you wish.
STW

ZeroJunk
June 10, 2014, 03:34 AM
Bow hunting for elk we used to take some time during the middle of the day and catch a few cut throats. We took the two piece stove out of the tent and borrowed a grate out of the cook tent, stuck it between the two halves and smoked the trout on aspen coals. Pretty good.

Back when we could dove hunt in the mornings opening day I would fry bacon and eggs on the back of the truck on a coleman stove. Then I would fry doves in the bacon grease. Pretty good too.

herkyguy
June 12, 2014, 09:20 PM
pile up some dried out grass. cover with small sticks. apply lighter. Let it burn down a bit, add some bigger wood, let it settle, then crack a can of Bush's baked beans and set in the middle. after 3-4 minutes, good to go.

for me, that's as good as it gets. out in the woods, my woods, by myself....

kbbailey
June 12, 2014, 10:45 PM
What a great thread!
I have had many a fine shore-lunch on various lakes in Ontario over the years. Walleye fried in a huge old skillet, baked beans, fried potatoes. Smoked Lake trout too. Pretty hard to beat!
A can of whatever soup I can scrounge from Mrs kb's pantry heated at the edge of an open fire during 'muzzle-loader only' season is an annual ritual for me.

gbran
June 16, 2014, 10:37 PM
Bacon, eggs, pan fried toast, venison, venison sausage, elk, quail. We do this every thanksgiving.

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y145/gbran/breakfast.jpg

Geno
June 17, 2014, 11:55 PM
That picture makes me want to yell, "WOLVERINES!!!"

Awesome thread, OP!

For me, fresh caught pan fish, sunfish, bluegill, etc. Same day's ram kill, grilling up the tender loins, while the guide played guitar and sang. Too many awesome experiences to detail them all.

Geno

RPRNY
June 18, 2014, 12:14 AM
That picture makes me want to yell, "WOLVERINES!!!"

Geno

Indeed!!!!

Best field meals I ever ate were with the Land Rover Owners of Malaysia. We would wheel through truly horrific leech infested jungle trails all day, set up camp at night and our ethnic Chinese members would set up these amazing field kitchens and begin cooking serious meals under tarps. They would invariably take pity on me with my cooler of beer and soggy sandwiches. I particularly remember freshly cooked Fried Char Kway Teow, a noodle dish and one of my favorites, in the Cameron Highlands.

Arkansas Paul
June 18, 2014, 12:03 PM
Mine probably doesn't count because we have a cookshack with several hot plates.

But anyway, cubed wild turkey breast marinated in Italian dressing and then breaded and pan fried. My god it is so good. We do it a couple times each deer season.

It is indoors though in our cookshack (an old office trailer) cooked on an electric plate, so there ya go. :)

der Teufel
June 18, 2014, 03:27 PM
I'm now retired, but this goes back several decades to when I was a teenager. My Explorer Scout post went on a hunting trip in East Texas in the Davy Crockett National Forest. We arrived Friday after dark, and one of the rangers there had prepared a meal of venison chili over a fire. Back then it was illegal to shoot spiked bucks, and they had arrested someone who had shot a spike and confiscated the deer. They used it to fix chili for us, and it was really good. We were not expecting it, so it was a double delight.

Joe Demko
June 18, 2014, 03:57 PM
Raw pancetta, some fresh bread, an olive tapenade I made myself, raw cucumber and plum tomato, all washed down with a very bold Amarone. I did all the slicing with a Cold Steel Tanto. This was on a survival skills weekend workshop. The other people involved were eating backpacker type stuff that looked and smelled rather loathesome. The way they were eye-loving the stuff my companion and I were enjoying, I don't think it tasted any better. As the evening grew chill, it was clear they envied the wine. I thought it best just to not mention the flask of Cognac.

JRH6856
June 18, 2014, 04:54 PM
Texas blue crab, boiled in seawater and crab boil spices in a washtub on the beach. Toss in some red potatoes first and when they are almost done, toss in the crabs.

Arkansas Paul
June 18, 2014, 05:06 PM
Raw pancetta, some fresh bread, an olive tapenade I made myself, raw cucumber and plum tomato, all washed down with a very bold Amarone. I did all the slicing with a Cold Steel Tanto

I started to ask you if you held your pinky out when you drank the Amarone but since you cut everything with a Cold Steel Tanto, you get a pass. :evil:

Joe Demko
June 18, 2014, 06:27 PM
As it happens, I did hold out my pinky when I drank, as did my companion (a very lovely and accomplished woman with whom I wish things had gone differently). The thing is that we were passing the bottle back and forth and drinking straight from it. Any man who goes on an outing without a corkscrew-bearing SAK or similar is ill-prepared to tame the wilderness.
I also brought smoked Provolone cheese, hard boiled eggs, prosciutto, some really nice bagels, dark chocolate, some fresh fruit, a bottle of Merlot, and a bialetti espresso pot with a can of sterno to heat it. Where everyone else just survived, we thrived. When you don't have to march 20 miles carrying a ton of weapons and gear, there is no reason to subject yourself to crap like MREs and that nastyass dehydrated stuff they sell in camping stores.

MtnCreek
June 18, 2014, 06:41 PM
Joe Demko,
I'd say things not going as you would have liked was Not due to a lack of trying on your part. :-) Thanks for posting; I got a kick out of it.

splattergun
June 18, 2014, 08:33 PM
It's a toss-up between brown trout just 5 minutes out of the river, or a venison tenderloin still warm from the buck. Both broiled over an open fire built at the site and at the time of the harvest. No seasoning but smoke. THat's good eating, folks.

SSGT PRIDE
June 23, 2014, 11:37 PM
Fresh killed and skinned rattlesnake (7 feet long) (We get bigguns here in KY!) Rolled in meal and flour....salt and pepper and Iron skillet fried...Serve with a toasted Brioche roll and a salad!

Blue Line
June 27, 2014, 11:26 AM
scrambled eggs and bacon, my Dad made em on the coleman stove I still use today 50 years later. Was it the food or the Cook, wonder what my son will say in 50 years?

Arkansas Paul
June 27, 2014, 12:37 PM
No seasoning but smoke. THat's good eating, folks.

That sounds terrible. lol

Sadly, I am very spoiled. Gotta have salt and black pepper. LOTS of black pepper. :)

cat_IT_guy
June 27, 2014, 01:49 PM
scrambled eggs and bacon, my Dad made em on the coleman stove I still use today 50 years later. Was it the food or the Cook, wonder what my son will say in 50 years?

Well said. Sometimes it more about memories than actual food. Some of my best memories of food are camping with dad, cooking nothing more exciting than corned beef hash and eggs - but man are they good on a chilly morning. Makes me want to go camping......

Sav .250
June 27, 2014, 04:37 PM
Nothing bets steaks on the grill. Nothing. JMHO We have a grill at the camp.

hardluk1
June 27, 2014, 05:37 PM
When we had a full camp we had some big ole spead meals . Fill a coos with salad, madinade meat all day while hunting, back potatoes wrap in foil in the fire but some time the one that's stands out is after everyone helped to hump an elk out of a stead valet bottom we all sat on the ground eating beane winnies on bead with a can of cheese wis making rounds among us. Then and there all bloody and stink'n and warn to a nub, Dam that was good.

ScratchnDent
June 28, 2014, 06:02 PM
Hard to say! Every fresh harvested meal tastes wonderful! Brookie trout for breakfast, Elk tenderloin for dinner, fresh scallops, grouper fillets, stone crab claws, even nasty western diamondback snake that is internally seasoned with sage from the field mice he's been eating.

tommy.duncan
June 29, 2014, 11:15 PM
I went camping this weekend and tried RCMODEL's brat recipe (post #9). It might have been the best brat I have ever had. Thanks RC!!!

WestKentucky
June 29, 2014, 11:48 PM
2 cans baked beans in a Dutch oven with whatever meat you provided for the day. Fish is ok but if you rotisserie a rabbit or a bird then pitch the cooked meat in the Dutch for a bit your in for a treat.

mavracer
June 30, 2014, 11:56 AM
Shore lunch on a fishing trip to Canada, Walleye caught minutes earlier pan fried by the guide. Just doesn't get much better.

3212
June 30, 2014, 06:33 PM
Back in the day,A plain Lebanon bologna sandwich toasted over a fire on a snow covered ridgetop in PA.A midmorning break on a deerhunt.An apple for dessert and back to the hunt.

nickE10mm
July 8, 2014, 09:41 PM
This thread is delicious

hlq
July 9, 2014, 11:07 PM
Two meals come to mind for me..

The first one was while fly fishing. We built a fire, pulled out the skillet and melted a little butter. Nothing like the taste of fresh trout that's went from line to pan in less than a minute.

The second was while elk hunting. While my hunting buddy took an afternoon nap I grabbed my bow and took a hike looking for grouse. I was luck enough to come across a covey and got one. Without him knowing I cleaned it and wrapped it with an onion and a couple of potatoes in tin foil and buried it in the coals of the camp fire. When we came back from the evening hunt we were beat and he was just going to have a sandwich and crash. As we walked into camp I said "That's fine but I think I'll have grouse and potatoes". As I pulled it out of the coals and open up the foil I heard, "Son of a b___h! Were did that come from!

It was a good meal but the reaction of my hunting buddy was better..

hlq

wankerjake
July 10, 2014, 03:46 AM
This year in deer camp after a long day of hiking and seeing zero deer, I had a glass of rye (or two) while I waited for oak coals to burn down. Cooked two fat deer steaks off my wife's yearling buck... that was a great meal. Simple, but it was a great meal. Steaks over the fire after a long day of hiking and being cold is always good, but that time it was especially perfect.

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