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How to Cook Campsite Steak

Steak and beans, a typical cowboy dinner.  Heck, they even serve it in Yellowstone on the trail! Sorry, vegetarians, this is a classic chuck wagon camping meal! Fry up some tofu if you like... but give me a steak on the trail!

What you need:

  • Camp stove
  • 1 pot and 1 fry pan or 2 pots
  • Silicone or wood spoon or spatula
  • 1 steak portion per person.  Your choice rib eye, NY strip, or a thinly sliced cheaper cut
  • 1 can (16 oz) of baked beans or chili) per 2 persons... unless they're really hungry, then 1 per person.
  • Seasonings: your choice, pepper, salt, or bring your favorite steak sauce in  a small container or ziploc pouch.
  • (optional) cooking spray oil for the pan

How to cook the meal (total time 15 to 25 minutes)

  1. Get baked beans heating over very low heat in a pot on one burner.
  2. Get the fry pan or other pot heating up, then add the steak.
  3. Cook to your taste, about 6 minutes on each side for 1/2 inch thick steak, 3 minutes for thin slices.
  4. Srve on plates!


If you use nonstick pots and paper plates, just wipe the pots out wash with dish soap and a sponge and wash the utensils.