Campfire Recipe: Baked Jambalaya

If you are like me, you like one pot meals and this is so true when it comes to camping.  While the recipe below is not a “true” jambalaya, it is close.  If you really want to get closer to the real thing, consider adding raw shrimp during the last 10 minutes of cooking time.

On the other hand, if you are not a purist when it comes to jambalaya, there is one simple change that you can make.  What is it?  Well, it has to do with the grain.  While I love rice, I really like brown rice.  I have used this substitute before and the dish turns out fine but if you do not have rice, do not worry.  A grain like barley works just fine

Campfire Recipe:  Baked Jambalaya


Spray or liquid oil

3 slices of bacon

½ cup of chopped celery

½ cup of chopped green bell pepper

3 green onions

½ pound of cooked ham

12 ounces of cooked kielbasa

1 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes

1 14 ounce can of beef broth

1 cup of water

1 teaspoon of chopped fresh thyme

1 teaspoon of dried Cajun seasoning

1 ¼ cups of uncooked, regular white long grain rice



  1. Start the fire to prepare the coals.
  2. Grease the inside of a 12 inch Dutch oven lightly with liquid or spray oil.
  3. Place a grilling rack above the fire.
  4. Cut the bacon into 1 inch pieces and place in the prepared 12 inch Dutch oven.
  5. Slice the green onion and add to the Dutch oven.
  6. Add the green pepper and celery to the Dutch oven and cook for 10 minutes or until the vegetables are soft and the bacon is cooked.
  7. Dice the ham and place in Dutch oven.
  8. Take the kielbasa and slice down the middle.  Cut each half of the kielbasa into slices and place in Dutch oven.
  9. Add the tomatoes, beef broth, water, fresh thyme, Cajun seasoning, and rice to the Dutch oven.
  10. Move the grilling rack off the fire.
  11. Place the lid on the Dutch oven and snuggle it down into the coals. 
  12. Cover the lid with prepared coals and cook for 20 minutes. 
  13. Stir to keep the rice from sticking after the first 20 minutes.
  14. Continue to cook for another 20 minutes.
  15. Once that time has passed, knock the coals off the lid and remove the Dutch oven from the coals.