How to Cook a Campfire Steak

Nothing seems more gratifying and fun than cooking a steak over an open fire. And the task is not as challenging as you may think. If you are looking for something different than a traditional grilled steak, you might consider a campfire steak. Read on to learn how to cook a delicious campfire steak.

Recommended steak cuts to Cook Over a Campfire

Cooking a piece of steak over a campfire is an excellent way to connect with nature. Generally, the best steak cuts are thick bone-in ribeyes if you are cooking over an open fire on a grill. However, if you use a cast-iron skillet for campfire cooking, you should go for a thick sirloin. Those who love flat iron steak can use either a pan or grill on fire.

Ribeye, sirloin, and flat iron are usually the best cuts to cook over a campfire. If you are unsure of what to choose, go for a thick ribeye with intact bone.

Make sure your steak has a high fat content. The fat helps keep your meat moist, preventing it from drying out when exposed to the campfire flames. The ribeye cut has a considerable amount of marbling, and the fat helps prevent overcooking, which is the primary downside of campfire cooking.

For the best results, buy a ribeye 1.25 inches to 1.5 inches thick. The bone also helps ensure the steak cooks relatively evenly.

Where to Buy Steak to Cook Over a Campfire

You can buy your choice of campfire steak from your local butcher or grocery store. If you love the convenience of online shopping, you can find grocery stores and organic farms that sell meat online and offer door-to-door delivery.

Be sure you perform thorough due diligence to ensure your purchase your steak from a reputable source.

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Campfire Steak Recipes

Many cooking methods can produce a good campfire steak. Here is a simple recipe to get you started:


  • 1.5 pounds flat iron steak
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 portabella mushrooms, cleaned, gills and stems removed, sliced
  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  • 1/2 onion, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1/4 cup whiskey


● Preheat a chimney of briquettes and use it to create a bed of coals on a surface such as in a kettle grill, atop a Dutch oven lid, or in a fire pit.

● Place your cast-iron skillet directly on the coals, and leave it to heat until it starts smoking.

● Apply Worcestershire sauce on both sides of your steak to moisten it. Next, season it with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

● Add three tablespoons of butter to the pan. Expect the butter to smoke and bubble. Quickly add your steak.

● Sear the steak for about 5 minutes until it turns brown halfway up the side, then flip it.   

● Cook the steak on the other side until it reaches five degrees less than your desired finished internal temperature. You’ll need a meat thermometer to measure that. Remove the steak onto a plate, and leave the pan on the fire.

● Add two tablespoons of butter to the pan, and then add your mushrooms. Cook for about three minutes, stirring occasionally. 

● Add the yellow onion and season with pepper and salt. Cook for at least 10 minutes or until the onions become tender.

● Add the whiskey carefully, and give it one or two minutes to evaporate. Add the beef broth, stir it to coat, and let it reduce by half.

● Remove the pan from the fire, and stir in a tablespoon of cold butter and the green onion.

● Slice your steak across the grain before topping it with the mushroom-and-onion mixture.

Campfire Steak Nutrition & Calories

This campfire steak recipe contains 423 calories per serving. It is an excellent source of protein, zinc, iron, riboflavin, and vitamin B6. It is also rich in selenium, choline, phosphorus, potassium, and dietary fiber. If you need more information about campfire steak or other types of steak, look no further than Steak Revolution.

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Written by: Adam Wojtow

Adam is the founder of Steak Revolution. He loves sharing his knowledge of steaks with everyone, ensuring you get the perfect steak every time.