A Quick and Easy Guide on How to Make Campfire Sauce

how to make campfire sauce

While camping is fun, there are many ways by which it can quickly turn into a disaster, making many people swear that they won’t do it again. Some of the situations when this can be true would be when you are unable to have a comfortable sleep at night or when you get bombarded with mosquito bites, among others.

Another thing that makes a lot of people hate the idea of camping would be the lack of access to delicious food to fill their stomachs. Nonetheless, this should not be the case. If you want to have a good time in the campsite, you need to learn how to make campfire sauce, which is exactly what we will teach you in the rest of this short guide. The right sauce can make almost any food delish!

What Exactly is a Campfire Sauce?

If you go online and search “what is campfire sauce”, it won’t take long before you become frustrated. There is no exact definition of what it is. Instead, you will be bombarded with different recipes, most of which are fairly easy to follow.

Most of you would think that a campfire sauce is a dipping sauce that complements camping food. It should be effortless to make, given the fact that you are not gifted with the luxury of a fully equipped kitchen when you are in the campsite.

Truth is, when someone says campfire sauce, that person is probably talking about the sauce from Red Robin, which you can easily recreate as you will learn in the next part of this post.

How to Make Campfire Sauce

Now, let us go to the main part of this post and I will provide you with a detailed look at how to make some of the best campfire sauces. You can choose which sauce is best depending on what tickles your taste buds or where you intend to use it.

Red Robin Campfire Sauce

If there is one campfire sauce that is hard to rival in terms of popularity, it would be safe to say that it is the Red Robin. For those of you who do not know, Red Robin is a popular restaurant that started in Seattle. They are known for their onion rings, burgers, and of course, the legendary campfire sauce. It has the perfect balance of sweet and smoky flavors. It has been imitated by many.

To make your own version of the Red Robin campfire sauce, you will need the following:

  • 1 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1 cup of BBQ sauce
  • ½ teaspoon of dried chipotle powder
  • Salt and pepper

Now that the ingredients are ready, follow these simple steps:

Red Robin Campfire Sauce

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  • In a medium bowl, mix all the ingredients, except for the salt and the pepper.
  • Taste the sauce. If it still needs more flavor, add a dash of salt and pepper to make it tasty.
  • Refrigerate the sauce after mixing. This will allow the flavors to blend well. When you are ready to camp, take it out of the fridge and enjoy your dip!

Cheesy Spinach Sauce

For sauces that will be great for chips and crackers, this is one option that should be on the top of the list. The addition of spinach in the sauce makes it a great choice for those who are looking for something that is healthy. Below are the ingredients that you will need to prepare:

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup of mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup of cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup of parmesan cheese 
  • 1 cup of chopped spinach
  • Salt and pepper

You do not need to be an experienced chef to make this sauce. Below are the simple steps that you will need to follow:

Cheesy Spinach Sauce

Via: https://cookpad.com/us/recipes/422905-spaghetti-baked-in-cheesy-spinach-sauce

  • Place a cooking pan on top of low heat.
  • Add the butter and wait for it to melt. This will grease the pan and will serve as the oil.
  • Add all the cheeses and wait for it to melt.
  • Add the spinach and mix.
  • Taste the sauce. Add salt and pepper to adjust the flavor as you desire.

Spicy Beer Mustard

If you are looking for something that is different, this will be a great choice. The ingredient list is quite longer compared to the two recipes that have been mentioned above, but the process of making the actual sauce is actually straightforward.

  • ½ cup yellow mustard seeds
  • ½ cup black mustard seeds
  • 1 cup of dry ground mustard
  • 2 cups of dark beer
  • 1-1/2 cups of malt vinegar
  • ½ cup of brown sugar
  • 5 tablespoons of honey
  • 2 teaspoons of ground allspice
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • ¾ teaspoon of turmeric

Once you have gathered the ingredients that are needed, below are the steps you have to follow:

Spicy Beer Mustard

Via: https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/10/sauced-spicy-beer-mustard-recipe.html

  • Mix the yellow and black mustard seeds in a bowl, followed by the vinegar and 1.5 cups of the beer.
  • Cover the bowl and put it in the fridge for the night.
  • In a saucepan under medium heat, combine the remaining beer with the rest of the ingredients and wait until it boils.
  • Combine the sauce from the pan with what you have earlier refrigerated. Puree and keep it in the fridge until you are ready to enjoy it as a dip.

Tips and Tricks for Campfire Cooking

Aside from knowing how to prepare sauces when you are camping, it will also be good to take note of the things that are mentioned below to instantly become an expert in cooking when in the campsite.

  • Make sure to do as many preparations at home as possible. For instance, the sauces should be made in advance. Cut and chop all the ingredients that will be needed.
  • Bring a cooler. This will help to keep the ingredients fresh, especially when you have meat. Otherwise, it can be prone to contamination.
  • Use tin foil to cover plates when you are cooking, or even when you are eating. This will minimize dirty dishes, and hence, no need to wash. This is especially important when water is a scarce resource.
  • Bring a fire starter. This is going to make your life a lot easier compared to manually starting a fire.
  • When it is time to make a fire, choose a place that is not too windy and make sure that it is safe.

Wrap Up

By now, we hope that you already know how to make campfire sauce. The basic recipe is a recreation of the sauce from Red Robin, which is quite easy to make. Nonetheless, this is still different from the original. They have secret ingredients that are yet to be uncovered!

A Quick and Easy Guide on How to Make Campfire Sauce
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Michael Everett

I am Michael, I like camping and have camped many times over the place. I'm the creator of blog rainycamping.com, through my blog I want to share my camping and travel experiences for people, there are explanations, questions and things you need.

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