Camp Fire Recipe: Barbecued Worms in a Bun

Ever since our kids were little and in Scouts, the month of October meant we would plan a special campout.  This would include stories of ghosts and ghouls told around the campfire.  As a family tradition, we also have seasonal dishes that go along with the season.  My husband would fix a seasonal drink called the Warlock’s Brew while my son created a dessert that he named “Bloody Mary.”  He would take a brownie mix and add canned cherries to it before it was baked.  Once baked, he would allow it to cool and then decorate the top with icing.  His decoration of choice normally was a woman’s face or “Bloody Mary.”  When he would slice his creation, the cherries would “bleed.”

My contribution had to do with at least trying to eat right while we were camping.  To do this, I would take an assortment of vegetables and create a platter that looked like a monster.  My favorite was the year I made Frankenstein out of celery, cherry tomatoes, black and green olives along with sliced avocados.

When it came to my daughter, she was the chef for this dish.       

Camp Fire Recipe:  Barbecued Worms in a Bun


Spray or liquid oil

8 hot dogs

½ cup of barbecue sauce, any flavor

8 slices of American cheese

8 hamburger buns


  1. Build a fire to prepare the coals.
  2. Lightly spray or wipe down the inside of a 12 inch Dutch oven with oil.
  3. Cut each hot dog down the length to create 6 strips.   Repeat with all the hot dogs.
  4. Place a grilling rack on top of the fire.
  5. Once the coals are ready, place the 12 inch Dutch oven on top.
  6. Add cut hot dogs and cook until they begin to curl.  This should take 8 to 10 minutes.
  7. Add barbecue sauce and heat until the sauce begins to bubble.
  8. Open each hamburger bun and place a slice of cheese inside each one.
  9. Once the hot dogs and barbecue sauce are heated, divide between the 8 hamburger buns.