Cooking Real BBQ in a Tin Foil Campground BBQ Oven

Then I covered the top, sides, and back of the rack with more foil to trap the heat – at this point I basically had a 5-sided box of foil.  Here’s my makeshift BBQ oven:

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As I toasted my glorious creation with a Corona, I realized my folly — while I had made a nice little “foil oven,” there wasn’t enough to encourage the smoke and heat from the fire to enter the box in order to flavor the meat or cook it evenly.  This hunk of meat was going to take all day to cook.  Thankfully, I brought my trusty wife along who expertly analyzed the situation and said, “how about another piece of foil draped from the top of the oven to the opposite side of the fire ring?”  I married a genius.  That last piece of foil was exactly what was needed to help guide enough heat and smoke into my little foil oven to impart that delicious smoky BBQ flavor.

The pork butt cooked for around 6 hours at who knows what temperature – probably around 250-275 I’d guess.  I didn’t use a thermometer to check the meat, nor did I use one to check the temp inside my “oven” — I just guessed when it was done.  I probably left it on about 20 minutes too long, but I think the only thing I’d do differently is to make sure that no coals or heat comes up directly under the rack/meat.  That caused the bottom of the roast to get a little too crispy.

Since this was only an experiment, we just set out the plate of shredded pork on the table and let people pick it apart.  This trial was a success.

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I decided to do it again the next day with some beer-can chicken.  I cooked the chicken using the same method for about 3 hours (and using most of the foil from the day before).  The chicken turned out tender and moist and probably about as good as any beer-can chicken I’ve made at home.  If I had it to do over again, I would have seasoned the chicken before I left home since it didn’t have enough time to really soak in the flavors of the rub.  Here’s some pictures of the process:

So next time you go camping, find out if the campground has grill racks on their fire rings before you go.  If they do, bring along some heavy duty tin foil, some firewood for BBQ, and a seasoned hunk of meat.  BBQ at a campground is really easy and there’s very little mess.