Camping Hobo Pack Recipes

June 17, 2016 by Natasha Calvert posted on Recipes, Adventure

We believe in wild and free nights spent camping beneath a ceiling of stars and seek them as often as we can. As our friends at Folk Rebellion say, "wander where the WIFI is weak.” We find that reconnecting with nature and leaving the some of our modern luxuries behind is an important reminder that we can not just live, but thrive without them. The EPIC wolfpack often seeks campsites that require leaving our lady buffalo van behind and trekking it in on foot. At these remote spots of beauty, we love a good hobo pack meal.
 
A flavorful combination of meat, vegetables and oil wrapped in foil, they can be made ahead at home and easily backpacked in. When cooked over a simple wood fire, the captured steam cooks the contents quickly and the high heat caramelizes the bottom. The end result is a hearty, satisfying meal with a light smoke flavor. Did we say easy? Easy like Sunday morning.
 
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To elevate the flavor, we use EPIC cooking oils: duck fat, beef tallow and pork lard. Hobo packs made with our EPIC bites are easy to transport.
 
Rosemary Fingerling Potatoes Hobo Pack
Serves 2
 
INGREDIENTS
1 LB. small fingerling potatoes, rinsed and dried
1 1/2 TB. EPIC Duck Fat
2 TB. fresh rosemary, stemmed and chopped fine
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
 
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METHOD

Prepare up to two days in advance. If larger, chop the fingerlings into smaller pieces. In a large bowl, combine potatoes, duck fat, rosemary, sea salt and black pepper; mix until potatoes are evenly coated with oil and seasoning. 

Roll out two large sheets of aluminum foil with shiny side up and place even amounts of the mixture on top. Bring the sides together and roll edges together; repeat with the ends, mimicking an envelope shape. Be sure contents are wrapped tightly. Prepare 2 more large sheets of aluminum foil with shiny side up and wrap each packet again for a secure double wrap. Refrigerate until ready to transport. While adventuring, keep the packets cold sealed inside a plastic bag in a cooler for as long as possible.  

When ready to cook, prepare a wood fire. If using a grate, cook the packets over medium sized flames. If not using a grate, allow the fire to die down to hot coals and place the packets directly into them. Cook over the fire for about 30 to 40 minutes; rotating the packets every 5 minutes to ensure they cook evenly. After 25 minutes, cut into a packet with a sharp knife the check doneness; be cautious of the steam. Once ready; set aside to cool for 5 minutes. Bon appetit!

Beef Thai Chile Hobo Pack
Serves 2
 
INGREDIENTS
2 red, yellow or orange bell peppers, seeded and chopped
1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed
1 1/2 TB. EPIC Beef Tallow, melted
2 to 4 small fresh Thai chiles, stemmed (optional)
4 TB. fresh basil (Thai preferably), roughly chopped
Sea salt to taste
 
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METHOD

Prepare up to two days in advance. In a large bowl, combine vegetables, beef tallow, basil and beef bites; mix until evenly coated with oil and seasoning. 

Roll out two large sheets of aluminum foil with shiny side up and place even amounts of the mixture on top. Bring the sides together and roll edges together; repeat with the ends, mimicking an envelope shape. Be sure contents are wrapped tightly. Prepare 2 more large sheets of aluminum foil with shiny side up and wrap each packet again for a secure double wrap. Refrigerate until ready to transport. While adventuring, keep the packets cold sealed inside a plastic bag in a cooler for as long as possible.  

When ready to cook, prepare a wood fire. If using a grate, cook the packets over medium sized flames. If not using a grate, allow the fire to die down to hot coals and place the packets directly into them. Cook over the fire for about 30 to 40 minutes; rotating the packets every 5 minutes to ensure they cook evenly. After 25 minutes, cut into a packet with a sharp knife the check doneness; be cautious of the steam. Once ready; set aside to cool for 5 minutes. Season with sea salt if needed. Sit back, soak in the beauty and enjoy!