Can you slow cook in a camp dutch oven?


Super Active Member
Sep 19, 2018
League City, Texas USA.
Okay this probably is a dumb idea, but I am just wondering. We often pick a spot VERY close to the lake, as in I can cast a line from my camp site... So let's say I wanted to do a small pot roast with some potatoes and carrots in the dutch oven.

Is it doable without being a ton of hassle?

I'd kind of like to avoid having to carry both the DO AND a crock pot after all...


Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday
Oct 15, 2006
Dukes, Fl
You can regulate the heat by the size of the fire, I also use a tripod and can raise and lower the DO to regulate the heat.


2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah
Oct 10, 2013
Northern Virginia
The only issue I see is keeping those coals fresh. I ended up slow cooking a lasagna by accident when I didn't put enough coals on my Dutch oven especially if I needed to account for the cold weather. What should have been just a couple hours took over four and a half. The problem was I had to replenish my coals to keep the cooking going. Weather dependent. If you use a fire you will need to be able to move the pot closer or further depending on the cooking progress.

William Freeman

Active Member
May 5, 2018
Richburg SC
What both of them said. If cooking over a fire, you can use a tripod (adjustable height above the fire) to regulate heat. Or use an adjustable height trivet with coals above/below (directly under or pulled away from the DO) for slow cooking. I watch all of Cowboy Kent Rollins videos on Youtube to get pointers and ideas. I used his trivets as a design to weld up my own (cost about $10 in materials and 15 min work to make a 3 way adjustable trivet).


Super Active Member
Sep 19, 2018
League City, Texas USA.
I'm going to have to try it at home before I try it in camp but I very much want to do this.

There are a couple of recipes for crockpot there would be perfect in camp the basic onion soup roast beef is one with some gravy and the other 1 is salsa chicken basically take chicken breasts a packet of taco seasoning in a jar of chunky salsa in slow cook for about 4 hours.


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Gold Supporting Member
Oct 6, 2012
Festival Foods is (I believe) a Wisconsin based supermarket chain - they sell several spoon roasts: burgundy pepper, onion something or other and plain... don't exactly know what cut it is, but incredibly tender (cut it with a spoon)... normally I do them on the Weber - about 40-45 minutes over a medium fire.


Super Active Member
Apr 13, 2015
LaLa land (SoCal)
DO with a tripod is a great way to regulate heat and how long you want to cook. First time Pam made beef stew in the DO we had people ride up on horseback saying “ oh this is where that wonderful smell is coming from. Your making the everyone hungry”