Wanting to switch up your traditional Thanksgiving festivities? This could be your best decision yet!
Camping and Thanksgiving just naturally go together. It’s as simple as that.
From the beautiful Scenery and relaxing aura, to the family feasts and the most important thing to remember- Feeling thankful and giving thanks. Thanksgiving camping is an awesome way to enjoy this year’s holiday to it’s fullest.
Hot Thanksgiving Feast
What better way to cook a Thanksgiving feast than over an open campfire. The smoky taste with the ease of having a small cleanup at the end of the day is absolute bliss.
Thanksgiving is a time for feasting so here’s a few awesome recipes that Anna Sibal came up with on the Camping Road Trip blog:
Cooking The Perfect Thanksgiving Campfire Turkey
You don’t always need an RV to create an amazing Thanksgiving feast. All you need is an open Campfire, some aluminum foil, lots of coil, and of course a turkey to cook a successful campfire dinner.
Here’s an easy and convenient recipe to help you cook the best campfire turkey dinner ever:
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 3 hours (or one hour for every 4 lbs of turkey; adjust accordingly)
Yields 8-10 servings
12-14 lbs turkey
1 cup olive oil
1 tsp rosemary
1 tsp parsley, chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp sage
1 tsp thyme
Pre-cooked turkey stuffing
1. Prepare your fire pit. Dump enough coals to fill the fire pit in your campfire. Make sure the pit is big enough for your bird, with an inch or two of breathing space.
2. Clean your turkey.
3. In a small bowl, mix rosemary, sage, thyme, parsley, salt and pepper thoroughly. Rub this seasoning mix on the turkey.
4. Rub the turkey’s skin with oil until its outside is completely coated.
5. Stuff the bird with your pre-cooked turkey stuffing.
6. Wrap the bird in cheesecloth, and then with three or four layers of aluminum foil.
7. Line the bottom of your fire pit two inches with coal. Make sure you fill the entire bottom.
8. Place the bird atop the coals, then dump the rest of the coals over the turkey until the bird is completely covered.
Perfect Thanksgiving Camping Sides
Although you’ve learned how to cook your turkey over the campfire, you’ll also need some dinner sides to go along with it.
What better sides to prepare than apples and yams. After all, they are in season and fairly easy to prepare over a campfire.
Prep and cook time: 1 1/2 hours
Yields 3-4 servings
1 large yam
1 large apple, cored and cubed
1 tbsp pecans or walnuts, chopped roughly
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp cornstarch
4 tbsp orange juice
A pinch of ground cloves or allspice
1. Dump coals in your campfire.
2. Wrap the yam in foil and cook in the campfire for an hour or until tender. Set aside and allow to cool. Peel the yam and cut into cubes once cooled.
3. In a sauce pan, mix the sugar, cornstarch and the cloves or allspice. Once combined, gradually add the orange juice.
4. Add the rest of the ingredients in the pan and cook for 20 minutes or until the apples are tender.
Now that you’re set for preparing and cooking a delicious feast over the campfire for all your friends and family, let’s move forward and tell you why Thanksgiving camping is just as fun for the kids.
Thanksgiving Camping Ideas With The Kids
While Moms busy preparing dinner why not entertain the kids with a few thanksgiving themed campsite activities to get them in the spirit?
Here’s a few awesome ideas for camping activity ideas brought to you by Creative Youth Ideas.
Need a carnival game for Thanksgiving? Participants toss a Bean Bag into the opening of a pumpkin to win prizes in this Thanksgiving themed game. It also includes a small devotional on either “Goals” or “Wholesome speech”
In this Thanksgiving themed variation of “Bingo”, the first person to get all of a row horizontally, vertically, or diagonally yells out “Gobble, Gobble, Gobble”
This Thanksgiving party game is played similar to the classic children’s game “Duck, Duck, Goose” but with some variations to make it a little more sophisticated for youth and adapt it to the Thanksgiving theme.
Another fun and easy thing to do with the kids is bird watching. All you need is a pair of eyes and some binoculars. Super easy yet fun for the whole family.
There you have it. Some of the best thanksgiving camping activities for family and friends to make this Thanksgiving one you’ll never forget!
Camping on holidays is a new and exciting thrill. If you’re thinking about trying Halloween Camping with the kids next year, check out The Best Ideas For Halloween Camping With the Kids.
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