A Brief History of Grilling

A Brief History of GrillingThe history of grilling begins shortly after the domestication of fire, some 500,000 years ago. The backyard ritual of grilling as we know it, though, is much more recent. Until well into the 1940s, grilling mostly happened at campsites and picnics. After World War II, as the middle class began to move to the suburbs, backyard grilling caught on, becoming all the rage by the 1950s.

In suburban Chicago, George Stephen, a metalworker by trade and a tinkerer A Brief History of Grillingby habit, had grown frustrated with the flat, open brazier-style grills common at the time. Once he inherited controlling interest in the Weber Bros. Metal Spinning Co, a company best-known as a maker of harbor buoys, he decided the buoy needed some modification. He cut it along its equator, added a grate, used the top as a lid and cut vents for controlling temperature. The Weber grill was born and backyard cooking has never been the same.

If man has been grilling since the Stone Age, he had to wait a good long time before he got his first taste of ‘barbecue.’ Just how long is a matter of debate, but the A Brief History of Grillingword’s etymology has been traced via the Spanish (‘barbacoa’) to a similar word used by the Arawak people of the Caribbean to denote a wooden structure on which they roasted meat. (The Arawak’s other contribution to the English language is the word ‘cannibal’.) Only the sense of a wooden framework survived the word’s transition to English; the context was lost. So, in the 17th century, you might use a ‘barbecue’ as shelving, or you might sleep on a ‘barbecue’ — but you definitely weren’t cooking with one.

A Brief History of GrillingLike so many of the most recognizably “American” of foods and foodways — hot dogs, Thanksgiving dinners, even milk on breakfast cereals — barbecue goes back to 18th-century colonial America, specifically the settlements along the Southeastern seaboard. The direct descendant of that original American barbecue is Eastern Carolina-style pit barbecue, which traditionally starts with the whole hog and, after as many as fourteen hours over coals, culminates in a glorious mess of pulled pork doused with vinegar sauce and eaten on a hamburger bun, with coleslaw on the side.

As the settlers spread westward, regional variations developed, leaving us today with four distinct styles of barbecue.

  • Carolina-style has split into Eastern, Western and South Carolina-style, with variations largely in the sauce: South Carolina uses a mustard sauce; Western Carolina uses a sweeter vinegar-and-tomato sauce.
  • Memphis barbecue is probably what most of us think of when we think of BBQ — pork ribs with a sticky sweet-and-sour tomato-based mopping sauce.
  • Texas, being cattle country, has always opted for beef, usually brisket, dry-rubbed and smoked over mesquite with a tomato-based sauce served on the side, almost as an afterthought.
  • Kansas City lies at the crossroads of BBQ nation. Fittingly, you’ll find a little bit of everything there — beef and pork, ribs and shoulder, etc. What brings it all together is the sauce: sweet-hot, tomato-based KC barbecue sauce is a classic in its own right, and the model for most supermarket BBQ sauces.

Hungrytime Outdoors from 1940 in PDF

Hungrytime Outdoors from 1940 in PDF

HUNGRYTIME OUTDOORS

by Bill Kraus

Explorer – Scout Commissioner – Creve
Coeur Council. Member of Adventurers’
Club in Chicago

From the book intro: You can use it at home . . . for trips . . . for the family and friends. It is a valuable meal planner for that organization that counts on you for leadership in FUN and in GOOD EATING, which make for good health and snappy program. Keep this book always handy – ready to plan keen adventures in eating. Pass it on to friends that need help in planning picnics, trips, hikes, outings, and all the other excuses for GOOD EATING. They say when you eat outdoors . . . “everything you eat goes to your stomach . . .”

The book was published by
American National Dairy Council
in 1940


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The Complete American and Canadian Sportsman’s Encyclopedia of Valuable Instruction – 1913 Revised Edition in PDF

The Complete American and Canadian Sportsman's Encyclopedia of Valuable Instruction - 1913 Revised Edition in PDFFrom the book intro: This volume is respectfully tendered to its readers simply as a series of practical aid and suggestions about equipment, its selection, uses and care compiled in handy form, for the purpose mostly of aiding those about to start out for a “Trip to the woods”—especially so for those who desire and contemplate using a light (and a right outfit) which can be depended upon to smooth out the rough parts of a trip thus contributing to its success and the resultant benefits that accrue therefrom.


This 560 page book features anything you need to know about setting
up a camp, how to build fires, using camping cooking equipment,
setting up camp menus and the recipes to fill them with.
We’re talking retro camping at its best here
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The Camping Cook Book in PDF

The Camping Cook Book in PDF

The Camping Cook Book

a free e-book published by
www.gooutdoors.co.uk

From the intro in the book:
Make your next outdoor adventure one to remember with
our selectio of easy-cook camping recipes from top camping
and outdoors bloggers.

We’ve got all of your needs covered – whatever your tastes, with
a varied range of food for every meal. Forget your typical campfire
burgers and sausages; these recipes create wholesome, healthy
and tasty food you’ll want to make again and again.

If you live in the UK or plan to go there
don’t miss out on Go Outdoor’s blog:

blog.gooutdoors.co.uk/


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Wholemeal Frankfurter Crescents / Grove Pølsehorn

A snack recipe just as perfect for picnics as for
children’s parties found on
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Wholemeal Frankfurter Crescents / Grove Pølsehorn

These frankfurter crescents are delicious and very easy to make! Great for a hike or picknic warmed over a fire or on a charcoal grill, or as a finger food at a children’s party.

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Nothing’s More Fun Than … Eating Outdoors in PDF

Nothing's More Fun Than ... Eating Outdoors in PDF

Nothing’s More Fun Than … Eating Outdoors

by Milton Youngren

Published by National Dairy Council in 1958


It’s a book full of recipes tested by experience . . . cookery hints . . . camp tricks . . . outdoor merriment.

When you and your friends head for the wonderland of the great outdoors, everybody’s going to want to eat! You’ll get a real kick out of being able to produce a delicious outdoor meal – one that’s fun and easy to fix.

I’ve camped on the banks of the Yellowstone River—by the clear waters of Bright Angel Creek at the bottom of the Grand Canyon—on the picturesque shores of Lake Champlain. I’ve toted a pack across Death Valley—carried grub along the Mohawk—enjoyed bear stew in Michigan—venison steaks on winter trails. You never need be hungry on a camping trip. At the end of each day’s going there’s the cheerful cooking fire the fragrance of food steaming in the pot—of Hunter’s Biscuits ready in a jiffy and maybe spiced with fresh, wild berries. Find your campsite, build the right kind of a cooking fire, get a supply of water at hand, and fill the air with that irresistible smell of food cooking in the open. There’s nothing else like it – From the intro by the author


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Wholemeal Waffles with Oats / Grove Vafler med Havregryn

A slightly surprising waffle recipe found on  nrk.no
Wholemeal Waffles with Oats / Grove Vafler med Havregryn

You do not have to bring a waffle iron on camping. You can
fry the waffles on the camp fire in the frying pan.

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Bacon Cheddar Potato Skins / Bacon & Cheddar Potetskall

A simple and quick snack recipe found on countryliving.com
Bacon Cheddar Potato Skins / Bacon & Cheddar Potetskall

A pretty nifty way to serve potatoes if you ask me. Remove most of the potato stuff and fill them with bacon and cheese, bake them crispy in the campfire ambres and top it with spring onion and sour cream – Ted

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Pears On the Camp Fire / Pærer på Bålet

A dessert recipe found on Dagbladet.no/mat/heading_campfire_thumb2_thumbPears On the Camp Fire / Pærer på Bålet

One should always bring some fruit on a hike or camping trip so why not try your hand at this delicious hot dessert. A two ingredients recipe, it just couldn’t be more simple.

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Campfire Cooking – Blueberry Pizza / Blåbærpizza

A different and exciting pizza recipe found on
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Campfire Cooking – Blueberry Pizza / Blåbærpizza

In the autumn blueberries can be enjoyed in many ways, and this pizza with blueberries, honey and blue cheese is an exciting variation that tastes amazingly good!

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Pan Scones / Stekepannescones

A nifty breakfast recipe found on allrecipes.com
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They may not look just like the scones you are used to, but unless you plan to put your gas stove in your backpack on the hike these will actually do very nicely – Ted

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Eggs Boiled in Potatoes / Egg Kokt i Potet

An exciting hike and camping recipe found on nrk.no
Eggs Boiled in Potatoes / Egg Kokt i Potet
Eggs Boiled in Potatoes / Egg Kokt i Potet

Have you ever tried to boil an egg inside a potato. This is exciting campfire cooking, particularly for kids.

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Outdoor Cooking … Made Easy by Joseph D Bates Jr published in 1955

Outdoor Cooking

From the book intro: Let’s have fun in the great out-of-doors, where the blue sky is our roof and where the ever changing beauty of streams, lakes and hills makes food taste so much better than it ever could in the familiar confines of the family dining room!

Those of us who already are backyard chefs will find in this booklet many suggestions which make outdoor cooking much easier; plus culinary hints and recipes which are refreshing changes from the unimaginative frankfurters and hamburgsandwiches which too often become a habit.

Those who never have tried outdoor cooking before should find that preparing good food is much simpler than the uninitiated might suppose.


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Campfire Spinach Dip / Spinatdip til Bålkosen

A great dip recipe found on diyprojects.com
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Camping does not have to be all hot dogs and hamburgers.  One should  include a few family favorites when one head out into the great outdoors.  This Campfire Spinach Dip is sure to become one of yours!

It’s a nice break from the traditional camping fare.  Served with a sliced baguette it makes the perfect breakfast or light lunch.  Creating a tin foil packet to encase the dip in makes cooking and clean up a breeze!

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Grilled Flatbread / Grillede Flate Brød

A great Italian inspired flatbread recipe found on food52.comGrilled Flatbread / Grillede Flate Brød

Grilling is a stone age way of baking bread but don’t let that lead you to thing that bread baked this way isn’t just delicious. Particularly when using this Italian inspied recipe complete with olive oil, salt flakes and rosemary.

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