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Tinfoil Bacon & Eggs

I love camping; it’s one of the reasons my kids are in Scouting.  I remember camping as a Cub Scout, and a Scout leader showed us how to make bacon and eggs in tinfoil over coals in a firepit.  I have talked about this experience up a few times to my kids, and, recently, I got to show them.

My Dad and I took the kids (including my brother’s two kids) camping recently.  I planned the menu around what I thought my nephews would eat.  Not that they are picky eaters when I’m around, but my 5-year-old nephew has his moments—being that he’s five!  A typical camping menu for my family will include pancakes on Saturday, a rarely broken tradition that has been going on for years; tacos in a bag, a traditional meal at scouting camps for our group; happy hour, which is cheese and crackers, as well as juice boxes for the kids and a special drink for the adults; and bacon and eggs, with a recently added delicacy, fried spam!

But getting back to the eggs, tinfoil bacon and eggs are best when you have nice hot coals.  Get a fire going, using smaller pieces of wood.  And if you’ve been in Scouting, you get bonus marks when I send out the test on how to make a fire.  Make sure you get the organic, non-GMO, gluten-free wood too.  I jest, but quality wood is essential.  A mix of hardwood and softwood will get your coals just right.  If you don’t have a fire pit or fireplace to make this recipe, you can use an oven or stove burner on low heat.

Let’s get cooking!

Tinfoil Bacon and Eggs


1 – 2 eggs
1 – 2 strips of bacon
1 10″ x 10″ piece of tin foil
A pinch of Kosher Salt
A pinch of black pepper
Butter or pan spray

  • Once your fire has subsided and you have hot coals, grab your tinfoil and place the butter on it or spray it.
  • Cut your bacon in half and place it in a circular position in the middle of your tinfoil.
  • Crack your egg in the middle and add your salt and pepper.
  • Bring two sides together and crimp them, then fold over the other sides.
  • Place the packet into the coals and let it cook for 3-5 minutes.
  • Open the packet and look for the bacon to be cooked. If you prefer it crispy, you might consider giving the bacon a head start in a frying pan.
  • If you want your egg cooked more than it is, close the packet and put it back in the fire for another 2 – 4 minutes.
  • Pull it out and grab an eating tool after that, or keep cooking it until you are satisfied with the firmness of your yolk!
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