Archive for October, 2016

How to Make a Backcountry Bar

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Ok, before I go into how to make a backcountry bar, I need to state that this is only for adults.

The idea for a backcountry bar came from the fact that yes I like beer but sometimes I want a little something different but……..I do not want to have to carry a lot of supplies to be able to have a mixed drink.  Below is an idea that you can follow to create your own backcountry bar but please change it to your taste.  The ingredients below just allow me to fix what I like.


As far as the bottles go, they need to be food grade plastic.  To keep the weight down and make this bar easily packable, obtain one 8 ounce plastic bottle and three 2 ounce bottles.  Beyond the bottles, you will need one small zip up like plastic bag.


The ingredients are pretty much what you want to make it but before grabbing bottles and pouring alcohol, think about the mixed drinks you would like to make.  Believe it or not, you can make a hot toddy, Manhattan, whiskey neat, mint julep, and a black maple spice.  All of these from an 8 ounce bottle of whiskey, vermouth and bitters, and a simple syrup. But whatever it is you make, just ensure that you do not get inebriated and land up at Legacy Healing

To make your bar, take the 8 ounce plastic bottle and fill it with whiskey.  Next, pour vermouth into one of the 2 ounces bottles and had three dashes of bitters. 

At this point, you will need to gather other ingredients beyond liquor.  This includes granulated sugar, fresh mint, honey, maple syrup, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and fresh ginger.  Once you have all the ingredients gathered, make a simple syrup from equal parts of sugar and water.  While the simple sugar is warm, add six to eight mint leaves.  After the simple syrup has cooled, place in the second 2 ounce bottle.

As far as the last 2 ounce bottle goes, place a small stick of cinnamon inside the bottle.  Peel a small piece of fresh ginger and add to the bottle.  Add two cloves to the bottle.  Finally, fill the bottle with maple syrup.

Once the bottles are filled, pack them away for awhile.  This will allow the ingredients in the 2 ounce bottles to “steep” for awhile.

Right before you leave take your plastic bag and fill with sliced lemons.  

Other ingredients you will also need include honey, and black tea.    


Now that you have your backcountry bar made, what do you do with it?  Well, the easiest recipe is for a whiskey neat, which is straight whiskey or whiskey diluted with a little water.  Looking to take your tea up a notch then consider making a black maple spice drink.  This starts out with heating water up to brew your black tea.  Once the tea has steeped for 5 minutes, remove the tea bag and add one and half ounces of whiskey to the tea.  Sweeten the drink up a bit by adding the ingredients from your maple syrup bottle.  After all ingredients have been added, stir until maple syrup is dissolved.  Now enjoy.

Campfire Recipe: Easy Onion Casserole Bread

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

When my son was little, he loved crunchy onions.  You know the kind that is sort of like chips but they are fried and used in green bean casseroles.  While I did not buy these often, we did have them for the holidays but then…… recipes came out using this ingredient.  So as luck would have it, my son asked me if we could make bread with it.   I said sure, let’s give it a try.  Below is one idea on how to add French fried onions to bread.

Campfire Recipe:  Easy Onion Casserole Bread


Liquid or spray oil

1 pound package of hot roll mix

¾ cup of warm water (105-110 degrees Fahrenheit)

½ sour cream

1 egg

3 ounces of French fried onions



  1. Build the fire to prepare your coals.
  2. Place grilling rack on top of the fire. 
  3. Put pot on grilling rack.
  4. Add ¾ cup of water into the pot and heat until warm to the touch (105-110 degrees Fahrenheit).
  5. While the water is heating up, take a large bowl and pour the yeast from the hot roll mix into it.
  6. Once the water is warm, add to the bowl in step 5.
  7. Stir the water and yeast together and let sit 10 minutes.
  8. In a separate bowl, beat the egg and stir in the sour cream.
  9. Place French fried onions in a plastic bag.  Crush by rolling a can over the onions.
  10. Pour the egg and sour cream mixture into the large bowl with the yeast.
  11. Add the flour from the hot roll mix and crushed French fried onions.
  12. Stir until completely mixed.
  13. Lightly oil a large bowl and place the dough from step 12 into. 
  14. Cover with a towel and let it sit for 45 minutes or until it has doubled in size.
  15. Lightly grease the inside of a 10 inch Dutch oven.
  16. Once the dough has doubled in size, punch down with fist.
  17. Place the dough in the greased 10 inch Dutch oven and spread out.
  18. Put the lid on the Dutch oven and allow the dough to rise for 30 to 35 minutes.
  19. Once the dough has risen, move the Dutch oven to a heat resistant surface.
  20. Make a ring of 10 coals and place Dutch oven on top.
  21. Add 18 coals to the lid.  Make sure to have several in the center.
  22. After 10 minutes move those coals around the center to the outer lip of the lid. 
  23. Cook for another 15 minutes.
  24. At that time, remove the lid, and thump on the bread.  If it sounds hollow then it is done.  Otherwise, place the lid back on and cook for another 10 minutes.


Campfire Recipe: French Fried Onion Meatballs

Monday, October 24th, 2016

When it comes to cooking, I am always looking for a dish that can be served in several different ways.  As soon as I develop one I normally double or triple the recipe so that I can “cook once, and serve many times.”  This is true with the recipe below.  I have served this up with a dip, as an appetizer, sandwich, and even as an elegant evening meal.  All of these choices while using the same recipe.  In doing so, try this recipe on your next outdoor adventure. 

Campfire Recipe:  French Fried Onion Meatballs


Liquid or spray oil

2.8 ounce can of French Fried Onions

1 ½ pounds of lean ground beef, chicken or turkey

1 envelop of brown gravy mix

2 eggs



  1. Start to prepare the coals by building a fire.
  2. Lightly grease the inside of a 12 inch Dutch oven with liquid or spray oil.
  3. Place the French Fried Onions in a plastic bag and crush until finely crumbled.
  4. In a large bowl, crack eggs into it.
  5. Add the brown gravy mix to the eggs and beat.
  6. Dump the crushed French Fried Onions and meat into the egg mixture.
  7. Work the meat with your hands.
  8. Shape meat into 1 to 2 inch balls and place inside the greased 12 inch Dutch oven.
  9. Once all the meat is used up, place the lid on the Dutch oven.
  10. On a heat resistant surface, arrange 12 prepared coals in a circle.
  11. Put the 12 inch Dutch oven on the 12 coals.
  12. Add 20 prepared coals to the lid.
  13. Cook for 25 minutes or until the meat is cooked completely.
  14.  Once the 25 minutes have passed, knock the coals off the lid and serve.

Now the fun begins.  How do you serve these meatballs?  Well, one idea is to serve it with prepared, ranch salad dressing or barbecue sauce.  To keep the clean up down; poke a stick pretzel into the meatballs before serving.  This idea can be used as a snack or appetizer.  As far as a sandwich goes, make a traditional meatball sub with these French Fried Onion meatballs.  When it comes to a main dish, consider mixing the meatballs in tomato sauce and serve with spaghetti.  Finally, if the weather is cold and soup is in order, do not write these meatballs off simply add them to your homemade soup.