Campfire Bacon Brownies

The campfire brownie experiment Part II — brown bag bacon brownies.  That’s a mouth full, in more ways than one!  I have seen videos of people cooking bacon and eggs in a brown paper bag over a campfire, and it got me thinking, “What else could I cook in a bag with bacon??”  Why not brownies?!

Here is what you will need:

Brown paper lunch sack, brownie mix (prepared according to package instructions), uncooked bacon, and hot coals.


Step #1     Using a strip of bacon, grease the inside of your paper bag — the bottom and up a couple inches on the sides.

Step #2     Cover the bottom of the bag with slices of bacon.  I used two slices, but next time will use 3-4 to make sure the bottom is COMPLETELY covered with bacon.  This will help prevent the brownie batter from getting burnt.

Step #3     Pour about a half cup of brownie batter in the bag.  Smooth out evenly if needed.

Step #4     Fold down the top of the bag and crimp it so it will stay closed.  You could use a paper clip for this if you want.  If you don’t have a grill grate to go over your coals, use a sharp stick to poke through the folded part of the bag so you can hang it over the fire.  I haven’t tried it this way, so use caution.  I wonder if the batter would pool in the middle because the bag is soft and unsupported underneath while hanging.

Step #5     Cook the brownie of the coals for about 15 minutes.  Keep an eye on it and rotate the bag once or twice to ensure even cooking.  The cooking time is approximate and will vary depending on how hot your coals are.

When you are sure your brownie is cooked and you’re ready to eat it, use scissors to cut off the top of the bag so you can eat the brownie right from the bag.  It will be very hot, so be careful — place the bag on a plate or potholder to prevent burns and grease stains on clothing or furniture.

This brownie version is by far the best I’ve made over a campfire.  You could add some things to it if you like — mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, nuts, or whatever you like.  The bacon adds a really nice flavor and is very tasty eaten with the brownie.  The bacon doesn’t get crispy, but it is soft and easy to chew.  I really hope you try this out sometime and let me know what you think.  It’s a lot of fun trying new things, and I’d love to hear from you if you have some new ideas, too!

Happy cooking!