Book Review:Cooking Backyard to Backcountry
See our book review on this book that gives you tips for cooking outdoors using 12 different techniques!

Outdoor Cooking Magic provides tips, trick and recipes for cooking delicious food outdoors. We show you how to cook on the grill, in a smoker, using dutch ovens, over the open fire, and a whole lot more.

Outdoor cooking is not difficult. It just takes time and a little magic and is well worth the effort. It always tastes better when it's cooked outdoors!

With modern technology, outdoor cooking is slowly becoming a lost art. Many make do with packaged foods that took little effort to prepare. They have no experience with cooking over a fire, or even with cooking on a grill. Our pioneer ancestors depended on their ability to cook over coals, whether at home, or while traveling. While we don't have to be as primitive as our ancestors, cooking outdoors is a great hobby, a good skill to have, and lots of fun.

Using a variety of methods, you can cook almost anything outdoors that you can cook inside. Breads, meats, vegetables, main dishes, side dishes, and desserts can all be cooked outside.  They also taste considerably better than when cooked inside. There is something special about cooking outside that makes everything taste better.

Methods include using foil, cooking on a grill, using reflector ovens, dutch ovens, and solar ovens, and cooking directly on the coals.

While you can adapt almost any recipe to cook outdoors, you'll find a variety of outdoor cooking recipes here that are delicious. Send us your favorites and we'll be happy to include them, and give you credit. If you have tips or articles to share, we welcome those.

Please check out all the areas of our site.  Let us know if you have suggestions for areas of interest that we have not covered. If you have a link you would like to share with us, please let us know as well.


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  1. We are holding our 12th annual Dutch Oven cook off here in Eagle Mountain City Utah and would love it if you would be willing to donate any of your product for our winners. This is an IDOS cook off and it will be held on June 2nd. Would you be willing to help us out? We would put your name in our program and if you have any brochures or coupons you could send them to me and I will put them in the contestant bags.


    1. Angie, I’ll give you a call. Found number on Eagle Mountain website.

    • Phil on April 30, 2012 at 2:08 am
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    Hi Scott Phil here from the UK just bought a Dutch oven and looking for ideas, I joined yesterday after finding your site which looks really good but I’m having a problem downloading the Outdoor Cooking Magic Tricks which would be nice to have but not a problem if I can’t as there is probably enough on here already to get me started, The problem is when I go to the instant access it says I’m already subscribed, Anyway thanks again Scott for a good looking site, Phil…

    1. Phil, sorry about the problems–I’ll send it to you.

        • Phil on May 7, 2012 at 2:42 am
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        Hey Scott just a note to say I received the E book you sent me and just to say thanks its appreciated, Looks like there is some good tips, recipes, ideas for a beginner like me…

        1. Phil, no problem–hope you enjoy it. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

    • Robert Duncan on May 6, 2012 at 5:56 am
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    I have been a member for quite some time and use your tips and recipes for grilling. When I first joined your group, I received the first ebook, which indeed is very good and have great value. I noticed another ebook, Outdoor Cooking Magic,that is offered and when I went to download it, I was informed that I was already a member. Does that mean the older membership does not rate or qualify for a new publication? I really hope not.
    Presently I am offshore on a drilling rig 125 miles off Rio de Janiero, and believe it or not we grill out here on Saturdays to feed the crew if 125 persons with many of the various recipes for chicken, pork, beef and seafood, coupled with grilled veggies.

    Looking forward to your reply.

    1. Robert, I sent an email out to everyone on my email list offering them the Outdoor Cooking Magic Tricks email book. You should have gotten it. Sorry if that didn’t happen, or if you missed the email. I’ll send you a separate email with the ebook attached.


    • Robin McIntyre on July 27, 2012 at 5:48 pm
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    Hi there, I have submitted a request for the download of your free cookbook, but the site keeps asking for for a password. Confused and would love to still get the cookbook. THanks for your help with this!

      • Robin McIntyre on July 27, 2012 at 5:50 pm
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      Sorry, that was the “Outdoor Cooking Maggic Tricks”. THanks much!

    1. Robin, you should have gotten the password in an email. Hopefully you saw that by now. I’ll send it in an email to you. Sorry for the delay in responding. For some reason, I just got notified of your comments.

        • Robin McIntyre on August 13, 2012 at 12:52 pm
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        Thank you – we were camping last week, just got home late Sunday. I think I have downloaded your book.

        1. Good! Hope you enjoy it.

  2. Hello everyone in the Outdoor Cooking Magic neighborhood

    Hey, I am new to the OCM group, but I have been around outdoor cooking for years. I live in Ft. Walton Beach Fl. and started the Florida Panhandle BBQ Society a few years ago. We have grown over the last couple of years and are still getting bigger. The group is made up of Cook Teams, BBQ Judges and barbecue enthusiasts mostly in Northwest Florida and South Alabama.

    We have recipes that have been passed around the group, and I would like to publish them in the newly formed OCM recipe club. We will have a page on the FPBS website to publish these recipes. I hope the recipe club takes off and becomes a great place to have the recipes published in the future.

    I am asking the FPBS group to supply more recipes to the club.

    Colin Richards

    • Lee Ann Turner on June 19, 2014 at 3:43 pm
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    I am looking to buy a Kyle Busch grill cover. Do you offer them?

    1. I haven’t been able to find any of those, sorry!

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