Campfire Recipes: Sweet Pork Chops

A long time ago, I learned the importance of eating well while one is camping.  Yes, I have done the beans and hot dogs along with many canned meals.  But nothing beats homemade cooking and there is no exception when it comes to camping.  Below is recipe that I make time and time again.  It is easy, has simple ingredients, and tastes like I spent many hours over the camp fire cooking this meal.

As in any recipe, the ingredients can be changed to your liking.  I have indicated that in this recipe.

Campfire Recipe:  Sweet Pork Chops

Ingredients and Supplies

4 bone-in pork chops, seasoned as you would like

1 box of instant dressing, any flavor

2 large sweet or Irish potatoes, sliced into ½ inch pieces

2 apples, cored and sliced

½ onion, sliced

2 juice boxes, apple flavored

Heavy duty aluminum foil



  1. Build fire.
  2. Unroll the aluminum foil and cut a piece large enough to hold all the food plus a little extra.
  3. Repeat step 2.
  4. Layer the ingredients into the foil following this order:  dressing, pork chops, apples, onion, and potatoes. 
  5. Fold up the sides of the aluminum foil to create a pan and add the contents of the juice boxes.
  6. Seal up the edges of the first layer of aluminum foil.  This is very important since you do not want to lose any juice. 
  7. Repeat the previous step.
  8. Cook the pocket over indirect heat by placing it on hot coals.  Turn the packet every eight minutes until the pocket has been on the coals for a total of 20 to 30 minutes. 
  9. After 20 minutes have passed, remove the pocket from the fire and check the doneness of the meat and potatoes.
  10. If the ingredients are not done, place back onto the fire.

Prior to the aluminum pocket being done, you will notice a wonderful aroma percolating from the fire.  No, it is not a holiday instead it is a wonderful meal that will attract a lot of attention from man and beast.  To complement the meal, consider placing a loaf of French bread in some foil, cut slits in the bread and fill with garlic butter.  Wrap in foil and place on the hot coals.  Or, bake some biscuits in your Dutch oven.  Either one of these breads will compliment the dish and will give you something by which to sop up the juices from this wonderful dish.

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