Barbecuing at home is a fine art that you have masterfully perfected over time with plenty of practice.   You know your home barbecue and smoker so intimately, identifying and using which Samba Fire & BBQ products and how much of each to use.  Each and every barbecue is a wonderful and tasty experience.

This barbecue bonanza can easily be replicated when you are on holidays -whether you are spending a week caravan park or venturing out on a camping weekend. You never have to compromise on your barbecue experience, regardless of where you are.  If anything, the mix of environments will enhance your barbecue time.  Samba Fire & BBQ shows you how to create the ultimate culinary collision course on the grill, and on the go!

Embracing the flame

There is nothing that completes a camping experience like lighting a fire to cook on.  While it is certainly an easier option to bring along a portable gas barbecue, it cannot compare to setting up a hypnotic open fire for cooking.

Lighting a fire pit, with some help from Samba’s firelighters, creates such an inviting ambiance and is also a handy place to cook your breakfast, lunch and dinner!

To cook on the fire, you are aiming to create a hot core, and you do that by allowing the logs to burn down leaving you with glowing embers.  Having a grill to then place your butterflied chicken, whole baby potatoes wrapped in foil and root vegetables on, the result will be simply divine!

Getting social around an open fire

There is no question that open fire cooking is a great excuse to escape the confines of a kitchen as it a far more social and relaxing way of cooking with family and friends.

With open fire cooking, patience is a virtue and although you may need a bit of time to get the fire ready, especially for cooking, it will be certainly worth it.  Try to avoid creating a big fire, as they tend to die down quickly and you are left with coals that are too hot to cook with.

Consider starting with a smaller fire so it can burn for 30 minutes or so, adding larger logs as required.  You want to have longevity with your campfire, not only being able to cook dinner but to have the fire going strong all evening when campfire conversations begin.

Open fire cooking inspiration

Try and dodge dangerous flare-ups by avoiding highly fatty foods such as bacon in your cooking repertoire.

Consider using a Dutch oven and place it over the campfire and use it as a regular pot.  When you have the lid off, you can sear meat and chicken perfectly, but it is also perfect for hearty stews and mouth-watering soups.

How about a campfire lasagne filled with sausage and cheese or crispy chicken thighs with garlic and rosemary.  Just because you are camping, doesn’t mean meals have to be boring!

Happy camping from Samba Fire & BBQ!


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  • not something i do very often at all


  • I love an open fire, but it’s hard to cook over.


  • So true, you know your own bbq and how it cooks but on holiday the bbq will be different. We love bbq dinners any time of the year.


  • BBQs are the absolute best, at home or when on holidays. Great article, Thank you.


  • I might have to show this article to my husband so he can improve his skills as master BBQer.


  • During a holiday 12 year old lighted once a fire in the bbq this year together with my 8yr old: both have no danger awareness whatsoever. My 12 yr old also lighted a fire in her bedroom this year. You may understand: we don’t do bbq’s


  • I have always wanted a Baby Q Webber as I’d like to be able to BBQ outside of home as I don’t trust the cleanliness of public or communal ones. Some great tips here which I have written down for future reference because let’s face it, who doesn’t love a good ol BBQ meal!


  • I live BBQ‘s. Just had one for lunch.


  • We just arrived home from a holiday where we were too nervous to use the BBQ properly!


  • Barbecues are so good – especially a sausage sizzle!!!
    We have a barbecue that is three levels so when we go away we just take the one so we don’t take up too much room in the car.


  • We don’t barbecue as often as we should. Must do more this summer.


  • I love the smokeyness that cooking on an open fire provides, it’s a great alternative to a campsite bbq if they are all taken


  • There’s nothing like a BBQ, though it can be harder when you’re travelling and don’t have your usual supplies.


  • Who doesn’t love a good bbq? Looks like Samba has you covered for all your lighting and fire needs. Think it’s time I light the bbq and have some dinner ????


  • Some good tips. I leave the BBQing to hubby. I always seem to burn everything on it.


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