Friday, June 27, 2014

Camping Pot Roast for 30

This past weekend, I went whitewater rafting at the New River Gorge in West Virginia with my son's Boy Scout troop.  It was a total blast!

It rained a little bit the last day we were there - the scouts went ziplining; I stayed back in camp to make pot roast in our dutch ovens.  Pot roast is an excellent choice for a dutch oven dinner; it takes a long time but is very forgiving and can serve a lot of people if you have to do so.  I made it with extra au jus so we could have it "French Dip" style on french bread rolls.

Dutch Oven Pot Roast
This serves about 6 people, multiply by 5 to serve 30.  I made enough beef for 30 in a 12 inch and 14 inch Dutch oven.  

3 lb chuck eye roast
1/4 c. flour
salt and pepper
3 T vegetable oil
3 onions, sliced
2 carrots, peeled and cut in chunks
1 large carton beef broth
2 bay leaves
Crusty rolls or bread, for dipping

Heat a chimney of coals until the top ones are ashy, about 20 minutes.   In a plastic bag, shake roast, flour, salt and pepper until the roast is covered in flour.   When the coals are hot, empty about half of them into the fire pit, and heat the dutch oven until the bottom is hot, add the oil and brown the meat on each side.   Remove the meat, and then add the vegetables and place the meat on top; add broth and the bay leaves and cover.   Pour about half the remaining coals on the top of the oven and arrange them evenly on the top, and then refill the charcoal chimney with new coals to heat up.  Cook until the beef is tender; about 2 hours, replenishing with hot coals as needed on top and bottom, and rotating the pot and lid every 20 minutes or so to assure even cooking. Charcoal usually only stays hot about 30 minutes, so always keep some in the chimney heating up so you have it when you need it.  If I can hold my hand a couple inches over the coals for longer than 5 seconds, I know it's time to add more coals.   Serve sliced on crusty rolls with the broth for dipping.  

1 comment:

Tracy Wood said...

Rafting in West Virginia- You go woman! Wow! I know those boys appreciated that meal!