Campfire Pull Buckets

Pull buckets or monkey bread is an Amish type of bread that is pulled apart instead of cutting it.  The bread is easily made in the oven but also in a Dutch oven with coals.  Below is a basic recipe for pull buckets but do not hesitate to add your own twist.


2 cans of biscuits

1 stick of butter

Granulated sugar

Ground cinnamon

Chopped nuts, optional

Dutch oven with lid

Charcoal briquettes and lighter liquid if needed

Optional charcoal table used to light and cook the dish on


  1. Apply lighter fluid if needed and light charcoal.
  2. Mix cinnamon and sugar together at a 1 to 1 ratio or to taste to create homemade cinnamon sugar.
  3. Place one stick of butter in the bottom of the Dutch oven and melt.
  4. While the butter is melting, pop open the biscuits and cut each biscuit into four pieces.
  5. Once the butter has melted, sprinkle about ¼ cup of the homemade cinnamon sugar in the bottom.   *Please note, this is to taste.
  6. Place one layer of the cut biscuits on top of the melted butter/cinnamon sugar layer.
  7. Sprinkle with additional cinnamon sugar and top with chopped nuts
  8. Repeat step 6 and 7 until all the biscuits have been used.
  9. Top with the lid.
  10. Arrange the bottom coals on the ground.  *Hint for each 25 degrees Fahrenheit of cooking temperature, you will need one briquette but you also need to consider the size of the Dutch oven.  To determine how many coals you need, take the size of the Dutch oven in inches and subtract 3.  This number will tell you how many you need on the bottom.  For the top, you will need to add 3.     In this example, if you are using a 12-inch Dutch oven you will need nine briquettes on the bottom and fifteen on the top.  Make sure to spread out the briquettes evenly on both the top and the bottom.  Keep extra briquettes going so that you can change the ones on the Dutch oven out with warmer ones.
  11. Keep the lid on for 35 minutes and then check the doneness of the bread.  It should be brown and not doughy.

Below are some additional ideas for this recipe but do not be afraid to experiment and come up with your own trademark monkey bread.

Pull buckets or monkey bread is a wonderful hot bread for breakfast, a portable snack for lunch, and a delightful dessert for dinner.  So give this recipe a try, I guarantee you will not be able to stop with one pull.