The Backcountry Chef: Savory, Sweet, or Spicy Campfire Popcorn

 This addicting treat, in any of these provided forms, is going to provide you with a light and strangely satisfying snack—and with ingredients this light, you can afford to bring enough to make seconds.

Good for:  Snacking, Appetizer, Groups
Time to cook: 10 minutes
Serves: 2 people



  • 1/4  cup un-popped popcorn kernels (not in a prepackaged bag)
  • 3 tbsp. high heat oil (grapeseed oil, vegetable oil)

For Savory:

  • Cheese packet from Kraft Mac n Cheese

For Sweet:

  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon

For Spicy:

  • 2 tsp. Garam Masala
  • Cayenne Pepper, to taste


  1. Heavy Duty Aluminum foil
  2. Long stick
  3. String
  4. Campfire


Pre Prep (at home):

Mix whichever combo (sweet, savory, spicy) at home in a ziploc bag to make campsite prep simple and to avoid product waste

At Campsite:

  1. Cut large square of aluminum foil
  2. Put kernels and oil in middle of foil square, loosely seal edges creating plenty of space for kernels to grow and pop
  3. Tie edge of foil packet to stick, shake gently over fire until kernels slow popping, don’t overcook—popcorn will burn easily
  4. Mix popped popcorn with pre-combined seasoning
  5. Enjoy!

Weekly Backcountry Cooking Tip: Your Favorite Foods Outdoors

In many cases, by the time you sit down and eat at the end of a long day of adventuring (or even in the middle of it) almost anything tastes like the best thing you’ve ever put in your mouth.  The best way to become a great backcountry chef is to be creative with the way that you put meals together—think of your favorite foods, then think of lightweight alternatives or ingredients that will last out on your trip.  You’d be amazed at the delicacies you can make just by adapting your favorite home-recipes to ingredients you reasonably pack in with you.