Easy Camp Oven Osso Buco Ragout Recipe

Easy Camp Oven Osso Buco Ragout Recipe

Easy Camp Oven Osso Buco Ragout Recipe

When Osso Buco is cooked low and slow in a camp oven the meat becomes very tender – the marrow softens adding extra richness to this meal. Osso Buco is a cut of meat from the beef shank that has been cut into round sections. The shank is a muscle that wraps around a marrow-rich bone. This recipe has very little preparation and serving time but a long cook time. Perfect for maximising beer time around the camp fire!

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes
Cooking Time: 3 to 6 Hours
Serves: 2 to 4

Osso Buco Halfway Cooked

Osso Buco Halfway Cooked

Ingredients For Camp Oven Osso Buco

  • Osso Buco – at least one piece per serving
  • 1 x Packet McCormick Beef & Mushroom Ragout
  • 2 x Rashers of Bacon
  • 4 x Medium Carrots
  • 1 x Can of Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 x Medium Onion
  • 200gm x Fresh Mushrooms
  • Deb Instant Mashed Potato (Or Boiled Mashed potatoes If You Prefer)

Camp Oven Osso Buco Preparation

Preparation

Cooking Instructions

  1. Roughly chop bacon, mushrooms, onion and carrots and put them in your camp oven
  2. Open can of mushrooms and tip in to camp oven and give it all a stir
  3. Open packet of McCormick Beef & Mushroom Ragout and sprinkle over mixture in camp oven and stir to combine
  4. Put Osso Buco pieces in to camp oven and give it all another stir to combine – make sure you get a good coating on the Osso Buco
  5. Put the camp oven over your coals. We want a long slow cook so if you have a tripod and can hang the camp oven over something to elevate it off the coals then even better. Put some coals on the lid and leave it to simmer. You can use heat beads if that’s your preference.
  6. Check after 20 minutes to see if you have the temperature right – it should be a slow cook with just a bubble every now and then
  7. Cook for between 3 and 6 hours – the longer and slower the better. Check and stir regularly and if it needs a bit more liquid just add a dash of water

Camp Oven Osso Buco On The Coals

Camp Oven Osso Buco On The Coals

Serving Instructions

  1. Serve on a bed of Deb Instant Mashed Potato or on your favourite mashed spud.
  2. Don’t forget a few bread rolls or slices of bread to soak up the gravy at the end.
  3. Enjoy!

Osso Buco Served And Ready To Eat

Camp Oven Osso Buco Served And Ready To Eat

 

How To Use Heat Beads With A Camp Oven

How To Use Heat Beads With A Camp Oven

How To Use Heat Beads With A Camp Oven

Using Heat Beads or briquettes with your camp oven is becoming more popular. One reason is a lot of camping areas have banned open fires these days but head beads with your camp oven are still in allowed in a lot of them. Another reason is it’s a great way to regulate the heat in your camp oven accurately and just as important with consistent, repeatable results. We have been doing it for years!

Camp Oven Heatbeads On Top Of Camp Oven

Camp Oven Heatbeads On Top Of Camp Oven

Use A Camp Oven Heat Bead Cooker

We use a camp oven heat bead cooker beneath our camp oven. The camp oven heat bead cooker allows for great airflow and helps prevent your heatbeads going out. We sit our heat bead cooker inside an old electric frying pan with the electrics removed. The frying pan stays relatively cool underneath, cool enough to allow us to use it on top of a table. The frying pan also collects the ash that the heat beads create and makes clean up a lot easier. You can get a heat bead cooker online – this is the bloke we ordered ours from. We’ve been using it for years and it’s still as good as new.

Camp Oven Bread Heatbeads In Camp Oven Heatbead Cooker

Camp Oven Bread Heatbeads In Camp Oven Heatbead Cooker

How Many Heat Beads Or
Briquettes Should You Use?

We use a different quantity of heatbeads or briquettes underneath our camp oven to what we have on top. And this also varies depending upon whether we are roasting a piece of pork, baking a damper or even a cake, making a stew or frying up some breakfast. The number of heat beads we use also depends upon the size of the oven we are using. A big oven needs more heat beads or briquettes than a small one.

We’ve put together a chart that shows you how many heat beads we use for the different cooking types and temperatures we are trying to achieve. You can download it here or you can view it below.

Heat Bead / Briquette Camp Oven
Heat Guide Chart

22″ CAMP OVENCAMP OVEN TEMPERATURE (CELSIUS)
120°135°150°160°175°190°200°220°230°
BAKINGTOP272830313334363739
BOTTOM9910101111121213
ROASTINGTOP202122232425262728
BOTTOM161718192021222324
STEWINGTOP9910101111121213
BOTTOM272830313334363739
FRYINGTOP000000000
BOTTOM363840424446485052
20″ CAMP OVENCAMP OVEN TEMPERATURE (CELSIUS)
120°135°150°160°175°190°200°220°230°
BAKINGTOP242527283031333436
BOTTOM88991010111112
ROASTINGTOP182920212223242526
BOTTOM141516171819202122
STEWINGTOP88991010111112
BOTTOM242527283031333436
FRYINGTOP000000000
BOTTOM323436384042444648
18″ CAMP OVENCAMP OVEN TEMPERATURE (CELSIUS)
120°135°150°160°175°190°200°220°230°
BAKINGTOP212224252728303133
BOTTOM778899101011
ROASTINGTOP161718192021222324
BOTTOM121314151617181920
STEWINGTOP778899101011
BOTTOM212224252728303133
FRYINGTOP000000000
BOTTOM283032343638404244
16″ CAMP OVENCAMP OVEN TEMPERATURE (CELSIUS)
120°135°150°160°175°190°200°220°230°
BAKINGTOP181921222425272830
BOTTOM6677889910
ROASTINGTOP141516171819202122
BOTTOM101112131415161718
STEWINGTOP6677889910
BOTTOM181921222425272830
FRYINGTOP000000000
BOTTOM242628303234363840
14″ CAMP OVENCAMP OVEN TEMPERATURE (CELSIUS)
120°135°150°160°175°190°200°220°230°
BAKINGTOP151618192122242527
BOTTOM556677889
ROASTINGTOP121314151617181920
BOTTOM8910111213141516
STEWINGTOP556677889
BOTTOM151618192122242527
FRYINGTOP000000000
BOTTOM202224262830323436
12″ CAMP OVENCAMP OVEN TEMPERATURE (CELSIUS)
120°135°150°160°175°190°200°220°230°
BAKINGTOP121315161819212227
BOTTOM445566778
ROASTINGTOP101112131415161718
BOTTOM67891011121314
STEWINGTOP445566778
BOTTOM121315161819212224
FRYINGTOP000000000
BOTTOM161820222426283032
10″ CAMP OVENCAMP OVEN TEMPERATURE (CELSIUS)
120°135°150°160°175°190°200°220°230°
BAKINGTOP91012131516181921
BOTTOM334455667
ROASTINGTOP8910111213141516
BOTTOM456789101112
STEWINGTOP334455667
BOTTOM91012131516181921
FRYINGTOP000000000
BOTTOM121416182022242628
8″ CAMP OVENCAMP OVEN TEMPERATURE (CELSIUS)
120°135°150°160°175°190°200°220°230°
BAKINGTOP679101213151618
BOTTOM223344556
ROASTINGTOP67891011121314
BOTTOM2345678910
STEWINGTOP223344556
BOTTOM679101213151618
FRYINGTOP000000000
BOTTOM81012141618202224

Conclusion

Using heat beads or briquettes with your camp oven is a great way to cook. It gives you consistent, repeatable temperature. It’s also great for caravan parks, at home or any time where you aren’t allowed an open fire but are still allowed to use solid fuels.

Quick and Easy Camp Oven Bread

Quick and Easy Camp Oven Bread

Quick and Easy Camp Oven Bread

Quick and easy camp oven bread. We show you how. Amanda and I will be off camping in some remote spots in a little over a month so we decided to figure out making camp oven bread before we head off. It’s taken us a few attempts to get it right but we think we’ve now nailed it and would like to share the secrets with you.

Easy Quick Camp Oven Bread

Step 1. The Ingredients

We used the prepacked Laucke crusty white mix and have tweaked the yeast and added some bread improver to what it says on the packet. The whole 600g packet of Laucke Crusty White bread mix is put in a bowl along with a full 7g sachet of Tandaco Dry Yeast and teaspoon of Wallaby Bread Improver.

Camp Oven Bread Ingredients

Step 2. Mix the Ingredients

The dry ingredients were all mixed well to combine. Amanda added slightly more than recommended 380ml of room temperature water, maybe an extra 50ml or so. The whole lot was then folded/cut together to make a dough.

Camp Oven Bread Dough Mixed

Step 3. Let it Rise

This dough was then covered with a tea towel and then set aside in a warm place to rise for an about an hour. If you are out camping and the day is a bit on the chilly side then put your bread inside of your vehicle to rise as it’s usually a quite a bit warmer.

Camp Oven Bread First Rise Covered With Tea Towel

Step 4. Knead the Dough For a Few Minutes

After an hour roll the dough out of the bowl on to a lightly floured board and knead it for a few minutes. Put a bit of dry flour on your hands as this makes the kneading process simpler as the dough is less likely to stick to your hands. Knead it by pushing down on the dough with the heels of your hands as you roll it forward. Then after it flattens tuck it back under itself and repeat. It’s easy once you get the hang of it.

Step 5. Second Rise

Put the dough in to a bread tin and place the tin inside a 12″ inch camp oven and leave it to rise a second time for about 45 minutes. once again, if it’s a bit cold put it inside your car.

Camp Oven Bread Second Rise In Camp Oven

Step 6. Prepare Your Heat Source

While the second rise was underway I got the heat beads ready to go. I put 29 heat beads in a heat bead starter chimney with a couple of firelighters underneath and let it do it’s thing. How did I arrive at using 29 heat beads? There’s a chart I have been using and it lists the number of beads to use for a given size camp oven and tells you how many to put on the lid and underneath for a given cooking method, be it baking, roasting, stewing or frying. Camp Oven Heat Bead Quantity Chart.

If you prefer to use wood and you are allowed a campfire burn down some wood until you have some coals.

Camp Oven Bread Preparing Heat Beads In Heatbead Chimney

I used about ten heat beads underneath the camp oven as per the chart.

Camp Oven Bread Heatbeads In Camp Oven Heatbead Cooker

The camp oven was put on top and the remaining heat beads were added to the lid and left to warm up for about five minutes.

Camp Oven Bread Heatbeads On Top Of Campoven

Step 7. Bake Your Bread

Put the bread inside and bake it for about 30 minutes. The recipe says 25 to 30 minutes but we have found that the best result is closer to the 30 minute mark.

And there you have it, beautiful camp oven bread! If you have any questions please feel free to ask in the comments section below.

Camp Oven Bread Cooked In A Camp Oven Using Heat Beads