5 Thanksgiving Recipes

 5 Thanksgiving Recipes You Can Prepare Over A Campfire

Recipes for: How to Make a Special Thanksgiving Meal When in a RV


Cooking a Thanksgiving meal over your campfire is not hard when you plan and prepare. Follow these recipes and our post on “How to Make a Thanksgiving Meal When in a RV” and you will end up with a meal that will be talked about for years to come.

Missy’s Thanksgiving Campfire Recipes

Rotisserie Turkey

*1.The night before Thanksgiving rinse your thawed turkey. Be sure to remove all the nicely packaged turkey parts from inside your turkey.

*2.Place turkey in a Brine bath. (1/2 cup of Kosher Salt to 1 gallon of water.) For our 10lb turkey I used 1 1/2 gallons of water and 3/4 cup of Kosher Salt.

Place turkey in large pot and add water. Make sure the salt is mixed well before adding. I also added 1 tsp of thyme, and 1 tsp of basil to the water.

*3.Place pot in refrigerator overnight.


Here is the recipe for: Turkey Seasoning

(Just to get a jump start on the day, I prepare my seasonings for the turkey the night before I want to cook it.)

For a 10-15lb turkey

2 Tbsp. Brown Sugar

2 Tbsp. Paprika

1 Tbsp. Kosher Salt

1 Tbsp. ground black pepper

1 tsp. of Cayenne pepper

(Once rubbed on the turkey – this is not spicy. It you want extra spice: add 1 Tbsp of Cayenne pepper instead of 1 tsp.)

Campfire Rotisserie Turkey

Serves 10+

1.Remove turkey from Brine. Drain and pat dry.

2. Rub Turkey Season all over the entire bird. Don’t forget to rub the inside.

3. Coat well. I even lift up the skin and put some between the meat and the skin.

4. Attach turkey onto the rotisserie. Just follow the directions on the rotisserie.

5. Make sure the turkey is secured well.

6. Cook over fire until internal temp. reaches 180 in the thigh.

7. Remove, slice, and enjoy


Recipe for: Fresh Creamed Corn


12 ears of Corn (cut off the cob)

1/2 cup of milk

salt and pepper to taste

4 pieces of bacon (cut into small pieces and cooked)

2 Tbsp. of diced onions

Fry bacon and onion in pan. Add bacon, onion, milk, salt and pepper to corn. Mix together.

Cook until hot. Stir often

(This can be done in microwave, stove top or in our case over a campfire in a cast iron pot.)


Recipe for: Cornbread Stuffing

Serves 10

2 (8×8 pans) of cornbread (cooked and crumbled) – (You could do this the day before if you want it get a head start.)

6 pieces of bacon (cut into small pieces)

1/4 cup of onion (diced)

1 Chipole Chili in Adobe Sauce(cut up in small pieces)(can be omitted)

1 box (32oz.) chicken stock (or broth)

salt and pepper to taste

Cook bacon, Chipole Chili and onion. Do not drain. Add to crumbled cornbread. Pour in box of chicken stock, mix well. Add salt and pepper to suit your taste. (I would also add 1 tsp poultry seasoning, and 1/2 tsp of sage if I wasn’t having a cowboy Thanksgiving.) Mix well.

Place in 9X13 pan or in our case 2 round cast iron pans. Cover with foil.

Place over campfire until done. In oven, I would bake 375 for about 45 minutes and if it wasn’t done then I would turn up the heat to 400 until done.


Recipe for: Sweet Potatoes with Brown Sugar Topping

Serves 6-8

8 Sweet Potatoes (baked)

(We double wrapped ours in heavy duty aluminium foil and placed them in the coals until done.)

1 cup of brown sugar

1/2 cup of pecans (chopped)

Once potatoes are done, scoop out the center and place in bowl. Stir together. Place in pan (square aluminiun pan)

Mix Brown Sugar and Pecans. Pour over Potatoes. Cover with foil.

Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until bubbly. (We put ours on the coals and it took 30 minutes.)


Recipe for: Cowboy Beans

Serves 10

1 (1lb) bag of dried Pinto beans

6 slices of bacon (cut into small pieces)

1/4 cup onion (diced)

water – cover beans and add more as needed

salt and pepper to taste

Soak beans overnight in water. Rinse beans the next morning. Cook bacon and onion in pot large enough to hold the beans. Do not drain. Add beans to bacon and onion pot and fill with water. Cook for several hours. Stir occasionally. WATCH THE BEANS! They will stick to bottom of pot and burn if you do not stir occasionally.

(Our beans cooked for 5 hours over the campfire. They were boiling most of the time. Jeff added water twice to keep from drying out.)

If you cook these on the stove – WATCH BEANS – the water will cook out quick and you will need to add more water throughout the cooking process. You can also cook these in a crock pot.


Recipe for: Red Potatoes

Serves 8-10

2lbs of red potatoes (washed)


Double wrap in heavy duty foil. Place on coals. Cook until done. Unwrap. Cut in half. add salt to top and serve.

(Jeff loves these because he doesn’t like Sweet Potatoes.)


Recipe for: Down Home Gravy

Serves 8-10

1/2 cup butter (1 stick) (softened)

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1 box (32 oz.) chicken stock

salt and pepper to taste

Combine butter and flour. Keep cutting in butter until it starts to form a small ball. Make it into a ball with your hands – flatten – knead in hands. Set to the side.

Bring stock to a boil. Add half of the butter mixture. Using a whisk – briskly stir – breaking up dough until it liquefies. Add more butter mixture until you have desired consistency. I used all but 1 Tbsp of dough. (You can add 3 Tbsp of turkey dripping, or 1 Tbsp of bacon grease. Also, you can add poultry seasoning to increase the flavor. I will add 1 tsp next year. We loved this quick and easy gravy.)

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Cranberry Sauce

Serves 6-8

(Open a can – Slice and serve)


This meal is not low calorie or highly nutritious but it sure is delicious!! Sorry there are not photos of the food, but we were too busy enjoying our meal. If you make these recipes, please show us your photos on our Facebook Page.


We hope you give the Campfire Thanksgiving Meal a try. Please let us know in the comments how your Thanksgiving meal turned out.

If you have any questions about these recipes or on how to cook this meal, just contact us. We will be happy to help you. discoveringusbus.com

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours.


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