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10 Steps To Making The Best Tin Foil Dinner
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1. Find Your Ingredients
Pictured below is pretty much our go to ingredients when it comes to cooking tin foil dinners.
- Baby Red Potatoes
- 1 Can Sweet Peas
- 1 Can Sweet Corn
- 1 Can Cream of Chicken
- Ground Beef
- Sriracha and Roasted Garlic BBQ Sauce
2. Place Meat & Season
Roll out 2 sheets of tin foil for each dinner that you are making on top of each other. Lay out flat the amount of ground beef or whatever meat you choose flat and in the middle of the tin foil. Season the meat to your liking. We like to use a Creole and Lemon Pepper season along with some salt and pepper.
3. Cut The Veggies
Next you will want to cut up all your veggies that you would like to include. Keep in mind that you want to cut up potatoes and carrots to a thinner size which will allow them to cook all the way through by the time your meat is cooked all the way. If you leave them a little larger, you could end up with crunchy veggies and cooked meat but it is all your preference. We typically go with a can of corn, peas, carrots, red potatoes, onions, and a little jalapeño for some heat.
4. Mix in The Veggies
Mix in the veggies with the meat. We like to add a little more seasoning after we add the veggies as well. Be sure not to add too much so that you cannot wrap the tin foil around the food. You want to make sure you have a tight fit to keep in all the steam and juices.
5. Add a Can of Goodness
We like to add a can of Cream of Chicken or Cream of Mushroom to give it a little more flavor. We typically use about a half of can per meal and then mix in all the meat and veggies so that everything is completely covered. We have also done teriyaki or barbecue sauce in the past as well....you really can't go wrong with adding your favorite sauces.
6. Wrap It Up
After adding everything you want, you are going to want to wrap up all that goodness into a good and even tin foil baby. Be sure to evenly distribute the food across so that everything is cooked evenly. Wrap the meal up in one of the two pieces of tin foil and then flip it and fold the second piece of tin foil around it. This will help keep in all the steam and juices.
7. The Heat
Now that you have your dinners wrapped evenly and nicely it is now time to cook. Do your best to place the dinners where there is good heat and coals but also so you can get to them easily to flip.
8. 10 Minutes
If you have evenly placed the meat and ingredients inside of the tin foil, then all you will need is 10 minutes of cooking on each side. If you don't have a really hot fire and coals, you can do this for closer to 15 minutes on each side.
9. Flip Flop
After those 10 minutes are up on the 1 side, make sure to flip the dinners. Adjust them to make sure the heat is hitting them well. If not, feel free to adjust their location since the fire can change over that 10-minute span of time. We always like to bring some tongs and a set of leather gloves which makes it a lot easier to move them around in the fire.
10. Just Add Cheese
As good as it might smell on the fire, make sure to wait the full 20 minutes of cooking time. After the time is up, pull the dinner off the fire, open it up, and move the meat around to ensure that it is all the way cooked. If you are all set, just add a little cheese, close the tin foil back up for a minute to let it melt, and then enjoy!