How to Make Campfire Baked Potatoes

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How to Make Campfire Baked Potatoes

Campfire baked potatoes are so easy and fun to make because you can spice them up any way you want. I like mine with lots of butter, salt, pepper and onion. How about you? Do you like lots of butter or prefer sour cream?

I’ll share the details of how we do campfire baked potatoes but do read on to the section titled Did you know? for more tips and how to do campfire potatoes without aluminum foil.

Campfire Baked Potatoes

You will need to have a hot fire going so start a campfire early, I’d say 2 hours before you plan to cook so that you have hot coals to bury your baked potatoes in. If you wait and try to put the potatoes into a fire that’s just started you won’t have hot coals and it will take longer to cook your potatoes so start your fire early.

Prep Time: about 10 minutes.
Cook Time: 30 – 45 minutes depending on how hot your coals are in the fire.
Serves: Usually one potato per person or with kids, who tend not to eat as much, half a potato per kid.


• Potato
• Salt and Pepper
• Stick of Butter
• Onions and red peppers, cut up
• Uncooked, cut up bacon

You will also need:

Sharp cutting knife and a cutting board + aluminum foil, heavy duty.


1. Wash your potato and cut it up in 1/4 inch slices.

2. Cut slices of butter and place in between your slices of potato.

3. Add your cut up onions, peppers and bacon, either in between the slices or on top and aside of the potato.

4. Wrap in foil tightly.

5. Place in the campfire where the coals are hottest. You can tell by the gray color and by placing your hands over the area. Push any logs aside to make room for your baked potatoes and don’t put on a burning flame.

If you’d rather watch a video here’s one that does it a little different from us but still GOOD. Watch below.

From the Arkansas Redneck for more Outdoor Cooking recipes.

Make sure you are using heavy duty foil, if not use 2 or 3 pieces of foil so it won’t burn or tear while in the fire. You don’t want soot getting onto your baked potatoes.

Check your baked potatoes after 30 minutes, it may take longer depending on how hot the coals are. We could tell by the smell of bacon coming from the fire that our bacon baked potatoes were done. They were YUMMY!

Did You Know?

There are tons of ways to do your campfire baked potatoes, here are a few campfire potatoes recipe for you to try on your next camping trip.

Over at The Joy of Camping website, I found some tips from the comments section rather than from the recipe itself. Here’s are 2 alternatives to campfire potatoes without using aluminum foil.

From RoyWe have also started taking frozen french fries, which grill-up nice and crispy on a griddle (or a cookie sheet) over the campfire.
picture grill Texsport Heavy Duty Camp 24″ X 16″ Grill

From JTif you forget the aluminum foil at home, you can bake the potatoes in the coals or at the edge of the campfire right in their skins. Then pop them open and smear on the butter and salt! That’s the way we did it when I was a kid.

I’ll add my 2 cents here – you could cut up a potato into french fries pieces ( I do this at home) spray with cooking spray if you have it or use butter, wrap in foil and put in the hot coals.

No Aluminium Foil No Problem

Put your potato directly into the coals without wrapping in foil, you can eat the inside but I wouldn’t eat the outside because they’ll be loaded with soot but the inside is still eatable.

Or if you have a can you want to burn or have burned in the fire, just place your potato inside the can and place in the fire. The can acts as a mini oven baking the potato and using a can doesn’t require hot coals, it can be placed directly in the open flames. It’s best to have both ends closed so having the lid to the can is helpful.

Using the can method you could also steam any vegetables you’d like.

Sweet potatoes work the same way so if you love sweet potatoes try cooking them on an open campfire next time your outdoors.

Closing thoughts

The great thing about cooking using your campfire as your stove or oven is there’s less clean up, no pans to wash or dishes to clean ( we usually eat right from the foil).

So for more great foil recipes that will work outdoors on an open fire check out Reynolds Wrap website for tons of ideas and great recipes for your next camping trip.

Thanks so much for reading and watching the video, hope you found this information useful, if so, DO SHARE with all your fiends and I hope to catch you somewhere outdoors!

P.S. Below is some of the equipment you need for your next camping trip, especially if you’re the camp cook, like me. Click on the pictures to shop Amazon through my referral link.

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