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Thanksgiving Camping Recipes To Try This Year

Thanksgiving backdrop with pumpkins, pine cones, acorns and cranberries laid out on a wooden tableIf you’re looking for a little recipe inspiration for a camping-inspired thanksgiving feast, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you want to cook for yourself or for our Thanksgiving potluck meal, you’ll find these simple to make even with limited space and cooking facilities. Plus, they’re delicious! Check out these Thanksgiving day recipes you can cook right at your campsite!  


There are many quick and easy appetizer options you can prepare while camping. Create a charcuterie board with cheeses, meats, and crackers. Slice up the cheese and proportion the crackers before you get to the campsite to save space. By doing a little prep work beforehand, you can enjoy the time instead of cutting up fruit and cheeses.  Potato salad is also an easy option to prepare ahead and bring along to the campsite. You can also make homemade Bruschetta by grilling pieces of french bread on a grill or campfire and topping it with tomatoes, onion, and balsamic glaze. 

Roasted stuffed squash

This recipe is great for camping because it comes all together in a premade and edible bowl! To make this, cut acorn squashes in halves and place on a campfire grate over an open flame. While the squash is grilling, prepare a sausage stuffing with sausage, celery, onions, and other vegetables in a cast-iron skillet (you can premake this at home and heat it at the campsite).  Scoop the filling—once hot— into the center of the acorn squash for an entire Thanksgiving meal in an edible container. 


Think cooking a Thanksgiving turkey over an open flame is out of your reach? Think again! Don’t miss out on this traditional dish by preparing a bird over a campfire. The key to a juicy campfire turkey is to brine the turkey in seasonings a few hours before cooking. Then, cut the bird so it lays flat on the campfire grill to cook evenly. You may also decide to cut up the turkey into smaller pieces like drumsticks, thighs, and wings to make it easier to cook. Then, make sure you build a solid campfire that promotes even cooking. We suggest a platform lay, as it provides a generous flame with an even cooking surface. Lay the campfire grate three to five inches above the embers to cook the bird.

Pumpkin pie 

It may not look like a traditional pie, but these individual-sized desserts are great to prepare while camping and can be eaten on the go. They’re more like a pumpkin pie sandwich and is made using a pie maker. Prepare a pumpkin pie filling with cinnamon and brown sugar. Then, butter two pieces of bread and place pumpkin pie filling inside the slices. Close the pie maker and cook until the bread is golden brown. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream for an extra treat. It’s a great mobile Thanksgiving dessert! 

Mulled wine

Mulled wine is like hot sangria. It’s made with red wine mixed with fruits, spices, and citrus flavors and heated for a warm, spiked fall drink option. Dump red wine, orange slices, cinnamon sticks, maple syrup, and ginger into a large pot and cook over a campfire or grill until hot. Ladle the drink into a metal cup and enjoy! It’s a quick drink recipe that is great for camping in cooler months. 

Spend Thanksgiving at Jellystone Park 

These recipes are only the beginning of the endless possibilities of preparing your Thanksgiving meal at our Louisiana campground. Don’t worry if you forgot an ingredient or item that will help you prepare any of these recipes. Visit the Ranger Station at the front of the park to get your last-minute or forgotten items without leaving the campground. 

Our Louisiana campground is a great place to spend Thanksgiving. We’re an hour from Baton Rouge and New Orleans, making it the perfect meet-up spot if you have family near both locations.  Share your favorite Thanksgiving camping recipe with us but bringing it to our Thanksgiving potluck or sharing your photos on our social media pages.

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