Our First Sukkot, & Learning To Cook Over An Open Fire (Recipes)

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For the past few days, we have been celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles (or Sukkot) with other believers. Over the weekend, we camped and enjoyed good food and fellowship. You can see a picture of our tent above.

Here’s the view from our tent entrance. This was the main eating/gathering area. To our right and left are more tents. There were five other families besides us. With a lot of kids.

This was our first year celebrating Sukkot. We didn’t really know anyone except for the family who invited us, but we were quickly received with a warm welcome. The children all took to each other as if they’d been friends for years. (Here they are playing Ring Around The Rosie in our tent.) And the men had our tent up in 2 minutes flat.

Every evening we had somewhat of a potluck. I planned on taking full advantage of the open fire, and came prepared with my cast iron dutch ovens and skillet. I’ve been wanting to practice cooking over hot coals, and this was the perfect opportunity.

The first night I made dessert, a peach cobbler. I was SO afraid I’d burn it, or it wouldn’t cook all the way through, or something would go wrong and my contribution to the meal would be an embarrassment.

I was relieved when I uncovered my dish to find a delicious, fully cooked, unburnt cobbler. Perfection.

My grandpa shared with me this recipe from his old Boy Scout days, though it must be a very popular one ’cause I found it in the Lodge Camp Dutch Oven cookbook as well!

Campfire Peach Cobbler

  • 2 (29 oz) cans sliced peaches, in syrup
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • Cinnamon (to taste)

Place your dutch oven over a 2″ deep bed of hot coals (or about 15 hot charcoal briquettes), a couple of feet away from the fire itself.

Spray the dutch oven inside, and on the lid, with a non-stick spray.

Pour the peaches in first, then dump the cake mix on top of them; just dump it right out of the box onto the peaches. I promise, it’ll be okay.

Cut the butter into slivers, and place them evenly on top of the cake mix. Then sprinkle it all with cinnamon.

Put the lid on the dutch oven, and put several hot coals on top of the lid, spacing them evenly.

Rotate the entire dutch oven about a 1/4 of a turn every 15 minutes or so, for even cooking. Turn the lid as well, in the opposite direction from the way you turned the oven. In about 45 minutes it should be ready to enjoy!

I learned that first night the importance of having two very handy tools for dutch oven cooking: a lid lifter (which I did have) and a fireplace shovel (which I did not have).

Let me tell you, it’s tricky trying to collect hot coals to put on the lid of your dutch oven if you don’t have a shovel. I ended up raking them into an empty peaches can with a stick, and then quickly dumping them onto the lid. Can you say HOT?! Keep this in mind the next time you go camping, and be sure to bring along a small shovel from your fireplace tools!

The next night was a Chili cook-off. Since we already had plenty of chili to go around, I made cornbread in the skillet. I just followed the recipe on the back of the bag of cornmeal, doubled…

Campfire Cornbread

  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 2/3 cups milk
  • 1/2 c. vegetable oil
  • 4 cups self-rising corn meal mix

Spray a 12″ cast iron skillet with a non-stick spray; do the same with a fitted lid.

Make a ring of rocks a foot or two away from the direct flame, to place your skillet on. Fill the center of the rocks with a couple of inches of hot coals. You want to rest the skillet on the rocks, over the coals, and not directly on the coals.

Let the prepared skillet preheat over the coals while you mix all of the ingredients together.

In a medium bowl, beat the eggs. Stir in milk, oil, and corn meal mix until smooth. Pour into heated skillet and cover.

*Side note: doubling the original recipe ended up being a little too much for my 12″ skillet, so I removed about 1 cup of the batter to avoid spilling over.

Place several coals around the top of the lid. Rotate the skillet about 1/4 of a turn every 5-10 minutes or so. It took about 25-30 minutes to cook through.

Once again, I breathed a sigh of relief when it turned out well!! Yes! Open-fire cooking success.

Oh yeah, see that black handle cover on my skillet in the picture above? Definitely a good thing to have.

Okay, so back to celebrating Sukkot…

We really enjoyed camping. Having a baby along was a little challenging at times, especially at night. It got cold, and I just couldn’t bare the thought of Elias getting chilly, so I laid him on my chest in the sleeping bag with me. Of course, I couldn’t sleep a wink with him there… but he stayed snuggled and warm, so that’s what mattered!

Jada and some of her new friends made a fort to play in (or maybe it was a Sukkah!).

Titus enjoyed playing with spiders. And no, it’s not on his face 🙂  He also had fun playing soccer with his daddy, riding a bike, and eating, eating, eating.

One of the more experienced campers brought a kids’ table and coloring supplies. Genius. Xia was in scribbling heaven.

All of the kids helped decorate a Sukkah, and then they put on a cute little play for the parents to enjoy.

Evenings were great. It was such a blessing to sit around a campfire after all of the kids were asleep in the tents, and read Scripture and share what has been on our hearts lately.

We wished we could stay longer, but Jerry had work the first of the week (a blessing for sure!), so we came back home and set up camp in our front yard.

Yesterday, I did a little more campfire cooking here at home. Jerry found some rocks and made a fire pit for us to enjoy. I made something Jerry calls a Hobo Dinner. My grandpa also shared this recipe with me, though I’m not sure I did it right…

You take ground beef, and form it into hamburger patties. Then you put sliced onions and potatoes on either side of the meat. Wrap it in foil, creating a pocket for them to cook in.

Place your foil packets over hot coals, flipping them halfway through cooking time. I cooked mine for an hour, and they were kinda burnt, so keep an eye on them.

When they are done it’ll look something like this. A yummy pocket of delicious flame kissed meat and ‘taters. Next time, I’ll spray the foil with non-stick spray, and not cut the potatoes so thin.

So, there you have it! Some open fire cooking tips, and a glimpse into our first Sukkot.

If you celebrated Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles) this year, or if you have experience cooking over an open flame, I’d love to hear your thoughts!!

Of course, all comments are welcome 🙂

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34 thoughts on “Our First Sukkot, & Learning To Cook Over An Open Fire (Recipes)”

  1. Kendra,

    Hobo dinners are awesome we make them all the time camping and at home. Just quarter your potatoes. You can add carrots and onions too; you can use chicken also. This recipes is only limited by your imagination. Don’t forget your spices they add a whole new dimension.

    For open fire cooking I suggest long handled grill tools. I use the tongs from our grill set to move hot coals around with.

  2. We just bought Sam Nadler’s DVD study on the feasts of the Bible. You can find it at CBD and Rose Publishing. He also has a book called, Messiah in the Feasts – very good book! There is also a free 30 minute preview session that happens to be the one on Sukkot on youtube.

  3. We have been celebrating the Feast Days for about 23 years now (as long as we have been homeschooling). We have always limited our celebrations/observance to abbreviated form. We felt that the best way to fulfill the Law without being under the Law; to teach, remember and participate in the ancient practices without becoming a slave to them or legalistic about it.

    We don’t keep kosher except for Passover. And, off all the feast days, Passover is the only one we do the whole ritual but with a Christian twist. Our pastor acts as Rabbi that night. It is wonderful.

    For Sukkot, we have created a fun tradition. We erect a Sukkah on the stage at church and those who are interested meet on the first night to decorate it and play games. Then, on Sunday, we serve appetizers in the Sukkah after service. Next, we head to another Sukkah and have soup at their home. On to another for salad and so on for kuggle, main course and then finally to our home and Sukkah for dessert and coffee. At each individual home, we talk about what Sukkot is all about and teach about the feast day to our guests. It is wonderful and fun and draws us closer to Jesus.

  4. We too have begun the journey to return to the ancient ways that please the Lord. We are attending a new church that celebrates the festivals. I had never even heard of Sukkot. We realize now how wrong our thinking has been. It all makes so much sense when you go back with a new mindset. I would love more posts on your spiritual journey. I came by your blog by accident. But then again I believe G-d led me straight to your blog. I’m also very interested in fireside cooking. I have one dutch oven but I need more sizes. Also that lid lifter! Keep blogging Kendra, you don’t realize how many you are touching. It’s really a ministry. Could you recommend book titles that have helped you to understand the “Jewish” ways of celebrating the High Holy Weeks? Thanks for taking time to share your life with everyone.

    • Hi Jerrie,

      So glad you found your way to my humble blog! I don’t really have any books on the subject that I can recommend (I would love to add some to my library though!), but we’ve learned a lot by watching Jim Staley with Passion For Truth Ministries online, and listening to Hebrew Nation Radio. I also really enjoy listening to Rico Cortez; he has videos on YahTube. Thank you for your sweet remarks. I pray YHWH blesses you as you strive to live for Him.

  5. Lisa is obviously trapped in MAN’s religion and traditions and cannot see past the end of her paradigm. Obeying God’s commandments and celebrating HIS feasts is NOT bondage, or religion, or ritual, or anything negative. It is FREEDOM.

    Sadly, there is none so blind as he who will not see. It is a very telling sign of the state of Christianity when Christians attack fellow believers for the horrible sin of daring to obey God. I believe such people are in danger of being spewed out of the Messiah’s mouth.

  6. Hi, Kendra! I found you while searching for help canning apples, stayed to watch the pressure canning video (thank you for the demonstration!), and then was thrilled to see “Sukkot” in post title! So many are returning to the ancient paths; the biblical holidays are such a delight! Thank you for sharing your experience and recipes! Blessings, -HB

  7. Kendra,

    I accidentally found your blog today…was looking up why my cream did not turn to butter! I now have it sitting on the counter to “warm” up! While I was on your site I glanced down and saw “Sukkot”!!! We too celebrated the Feast of tabernacle for the first time this year. We are so excited about the Feasts of the Lord…the hard part is being in an area where there is not a “fellowhip” to fellowship with….we are praying about what God has in store for us…..

    We too, have a small homestead with a jersey cow, a calf for beef, a goat (we use goat milk in our soap making) and a bunch of chickens….we tried the sheep thing and are now enjoying lamb from the freezer!!! We love homesteading!

    Excited to see others out there that are doing what we feel called to do! May God richly bless you and yours as you strive to be like Christ!

    • Kathleen,

      So glad you found your way here!! It’s always amazing to me to meet yet another believer learning to celebrate the Biblical Feasts of the Lord 🙂 I truly believe He is calling out His people.

      I hope to hear from you again my friend!! Good luck on your own homesteading journey.

  8. I am amazed by how the Lord connects people..we are new to living a simpler life and finding those roots you talk about. We celebrated our first Passover this year and I am feeling more and more “called” to celebrate these Biblically-written holidays. Lately, I have felt alone in this new life of discovery, so finding like-minded people like yourselves is such a blessing. Thank you!

  9. Kendra, I’ve made your campfire peach cobbler, but we call it dump cake, cause you just dump in the ingredients. Also, you can use any flavor of cake mix and canned fruit you want…my favorite is devil’s food cake and cherries. Yum.

  10. Lisa Grace said:

    This makes no sense to me. There is no jew or gentile today in the Body of Christ. We are all ONE in Christ Jesus. And Israel was under the law and we are under grace. This was a law ritual. Why not celebrate the gospel of the grace of God? This is religion. There is no religion today.

    Law vs. Grace?

    1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

    Psalm 119:152
    Long ago I learned from your statutes that you established them to last forever.

    Deuteronomy 30
    8 And thou shalt return and obey the voice of the LORD, and do all his commandments which I command thee this day.

    9 And the LORD thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the LORD will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers:

    10 If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.

    11 For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.

    12 It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?

    13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?

    14 But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.

    15 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;

    16 In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.

    Joshua 1
    7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest.

    8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

    Deuteronomy 5:29
    Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever!

    Deuteronomy 29:29
    The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.

    Matthew 5:17-19 ((( Jesus Himself speaking )))
    17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. (“Fulfil” here does not mean the same as you think is does in the English, it means to properly interpret or to show you how.)

    ***18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.***

    19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.


  11. To Freedom Acres Farm:
    Sure – feel free to use it. I don’t think it’s so much eloquence as it is practice – 30 years of speaking to these same questions and concerns. 🙂 Folks with no exposure to this kind of teaching are immediately concerned about ‘Judising,’ and Jesus Himself taught us to be cautious and avoid deception, so they are not to be faulted.

    On the other hand, there is the problem of Replacement Theology (theory that God rejects the Jews and replaces them with the Church) I have never in all my life heard that taught in a church. Nonetheless, it is a very pervasive and subtle attitude.

    Once people can read for themselves IN THE WORD – not just the teaching of some man who could be a crackpot – many are open to solid, Biblically- based teaching on these topics, and ask, “how could I not have seen this before!!”

  12. OH! I forgot to say, Kendra, that I have a cast iron dutch oven, but it has a rounded lid, like one of those shown in the photo, not a flat lid with a lip to hold coals on. So much for heaping coals on top to cook that luscious looking cobbler!

  13. Great post Kendra! I’ve celebrated the Feasts off and on for over 30 years! ‘Glad you had such a good time!

    To Lisa Grace:
    Oh where to start! First of all, celebrating the Feasts of the Lord outlined in Lev. 23, does not make us any more spiritual or anything (thats where the grace comes in), but from the perspective of the New Testament, we can see that those 7 Feasts are a ‘prophetic picture’ of the Plan of God for the earth – the first coming of Jesus in Passover through Pentecost, and his second coming in the last 3 feasts, the Feast of Trumpets through the Feast of Tabernacles.

    That’s what is meant by Jewish Roots – 2 Tim. 3:16 “ALL scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for INSTRUCTION in righteousness.” ALL scripture, both Old and New Testament is profitable to us, so our NT faith is rooted in the OT. Simple! Who wouldn’t want to know all God has for us in His Word! Romans is a good place to find scriptural ‘bridges’ that link NT to OT.

    In Lev 23 (and elsewhere) the Feasts are not referred to as the Feasts of the JEWS, but the Feasts of the LORD – and if you read carefully, you will see that God says some of them are to be celebrated FOREVER. If God were finished with the Jews (as Paul says, “God forbid!), God would have said to celebrate the feasts until the Messiah comes, or until I establish My Church, but no, He says FOREVER.

    Wonderful types, shadows and pictures of our Lord Jesus coming back to the earth, fulfilling His promise, and dwelling here with us? What’s not to celebrate!!!!! Find good teaching on this and dig in! You will be blessed!

  14. Deb W, that was a beautiful explaination! You are much more eloquent than I. Do you mind if I save your comment to use for those that don’t understand when they ask me?

  15. Our Boy Scouts learn to cook this Hobo dinner when they camped last year! Looks like you had a great time! We love camping. But I think we are done for this year! Getting cold here in Mid-Missouri!

  16. This makes no sense to me. There is no jew or gentile today in the Body of Christ. We are all ONE in Christ Jesus. And Israel was under the law and we are under grace. This was a law ritual. Why not celebrate the gospel of the grace of God? This is religion. There is no religion today.

  17. Kendra, that is wonderful that you have found a group of believers to celebrate the festivals with. I have been lucky in that respect too.

    This year our little congregatin had three sukkah’s, each one at a respective member’s house. They were all lovely and showed the dedication to Yah in our congregation. The weather was not very cooperative but we did get to eat in one of the sukkah’s on Monday evening. It was beautiful and those of us that were there had a marvelous time.

  18. Love it that you had a good time with fellow believers, that’s awesome.

    Open fire cookin’ is my thing and I was afraid the first couple of times too, I am still learning and finding new tricks of my own. I really find enjoyment and realaxation in it, even if at times it’s more work. For moving coals I use an old pair of long metal tongs. Another great tool is a small hand wisk broom, to brush the ashes off the lid when all is done.

    Check this out at my blog, a real convenient way to keep your outdoor cooking tools in one place. I got the idea for the bucket online somewhere, it’s a home depot homer bucket and a “bucket boss tool organizer”. It is the coolest thing ever, I put it together a while back getting ready for BBQ’s and Open Fire cooking. It holds everything from grilling tools, wooden spoons, can opener, grilling mitten to cooking oil and bug spray, lid lifter and whisk broom to name a few. I grab it and go, it is soooo handy.

    I remember Hobo dinners, my very first one was when I went to a scout leadership camp. Beef, potaoes and bbq sauce in foil folded into a packet (back in the day before you could buy foil packets, it was delish and fun to make. Being a scout leader for my boy was fun and I felt priveleged to help other boys in their travel to becoming prepared, fine young men.

    God is good.

  19. We call ’em Hobo Pockets. I mix a packet of onion soup mix (easy to pack with you) in with the ground beef and then pat them out. I use 1 packet for every pound of beef. But do it to suit your tastes. We use a bag of frozen mixed veggies and divide those among the pockets. This last camping trip we used mixed veggies that had water chestnuts in it. Yum! Close up the foil and cook the same as you described. I flip them about every 15 mins. I’ve figured out that if I use a lean beef I will need to add a dab of butter or oil. But if I use a fatty beef I don’t need to. We have even used chicken tenders. We love cooking over an open flame. Oh and my husband usually brings along his welding gloves, they are pretty good protection from the heat of the open flame.

  20. You are very blessed indeed to find a fellowship of families that believe as you do! We are not so blessed, yet. We keep looking but it sure gets lonely sometimes! You say something about our Hebrew Roots to people and they look at you cross eyed LOL

  21. We went to Harrison, Arkansas with the church of God International. People stay in hotels cabins or they camp. We had a beautiful cabin in the woods. We have church services every day at the local university we rented out. In the afternoons/evenings there are planned events like a cook out, family dance, etc.

  22. Thanks for sharing your Feast of Tabernacles celebration. We have been celebrating the LORD’s feasts for several years now … after a lifetime of NOT celebrating them. It is a shame that Christians do not understand or practice the “dress rehearsals” (moed, the Hebrew word for Feasts) and so do not understand the meaning of the feasts. It is good to know that families with young children are teaching their children about these important divine appointments. I highly recommend the book, The Feasts of Adonai by Valerie Moody that you can purchase online. God bless you

  23. I have been wanting to buy a dutch oven for a while now. I did some research but then didn’t follow up. I’m actually leaning more toward the aluminum ones. If you buy one of decent quality they can last for years, and they’re much easier to handle than heavy cast iron.

    We also make hobo dinners, and change it up all the time. I’ve made them with ground beef, chicken and fish. I usually put potatoes, carrots and broccoli in mine. I tried adding cheese but it just gets stuck to the foil. Hobo dinners are my favorite camping meal 🙂

  24. Sounds like you had a great Sukkot! This was our second year celebrating Sukkot. We regularly cook out over the fire pit we have in our yard. We call the hobo meals packet meals. We also add all kinds of other veggies. Green peppers, carrots, yellow squash, zucchini. We use whatever we have on hand. Our family loves these. We also do breakfast for supper over the fire. We have a grate that we cook hamburgers on over the fire, too. We haven’t used our gas grill in years. We do it all over the fire. I don’t have a dutch oven though. Yet! lol

  25. We have been making “Hobo Dinners” for years. Funny that we’ve even called it by the same name. I love it so much I will even wrap everything up and put it on the BBQ. It’s fun because everyone can make their own just the way they like it and then write their initials on it with a sharpie so they get to eat the right one.

    I remember trying to give my daughter the camping experience. I was a single mom with a toddler. I packed everything up and put it in the car. Once we got to my favorite childhood place I unpacked everything and had quite the time putting up the tent while making sure she didn’t wander off too far. At the end of our time I packed it all back up and into the car so that I could take it home, unpack it set up the tent to wash and dry it from the rain and then pack it away in storage. Whew…I get tired all over again just thinking about it.

    Thanks for sharing the recipes.


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