Camping Food: Hobo Meals

As summer is approaching, I'm getting excited about all the camping opportunities we have.  One of the best parts of camping is the food!  For some reason, when you are in the wilderness, you give yourself permission to eat things you would normally stay away from (like s'mores with homemade graham crackers).  And I think every thing just tastes better when your camping.  Hobo meals are something my mom made when we camped.  I guess they are named this, because Hobos ate these?  Or they would have been a good meal for a hobo, no pots or pans or stove necessary.  Just tin foil and a fire with good coals.  

Hobo meals usual consist of meat and lots of veggies.  Then they are wrapped up and cooked in the coals.  The steam that gets locked in the foil cooks the food, and it stay moist and flavorful.  This is my new twist on the traditional Hobo Meal - Sweet and Sour Meatball Hobo Meals.  This meal is now our  new family favorite camping meal.

Sweet and Sour Meatball Hobo Meals
2 lbs of ground beef
1 egg
a couple dashes of maggie sauce
1 garlic clove
1/4 rolled oats
salt and pepper

1 can of pineapple pieces (don't you love the cute Trador Joe's can of pineapple)
red, yellow, orange, or green pepper cut into pieces
1 red onion cut into wedges
Teriyaki Sauce (I used Lawry's)

Make the meat balls ahead of time and freeze them.  Mix together the first 6 ingredients.  Then roll the meat into 1" meat balls.  Freeze in a ziploc bag until you are ready to go camping.

When you are ready to cook the meals, cut two 12" pieces of foil for each hobo meal (I made 4).  Divide the meal balls and veggies onto the pieces of foil.  Pour at least 4 tbsp. of teriyaki sauce on each meal.  Roll up the ends and seal the foil well, then just to be safe, seal each meal with a second piece of foil.  Place the meals in the hot coals of the fire.  These meals cook in 15-20 mins depending on the heat of the fire.  

Serve with rice.  I used instant brown rice, because it's fast to make.  Eat them right out of the foil, no dishes necessary. 

I actually had made my own sweet and sour sauce before we left, but it got left in the fridge.  So, on the way to our campsite, I stopped at a little shop and found this teriyaki sauce.  It worked well and tasted great, so I think this is what we'll use from now on.  And it saved me some work.  

Here's some of the fun we had.


  1. Looks delicious and I want to go camping with those kiddos! GMA M

  2. Holy moly that looks good. Reminds me of good home cooking that my dad makes!! Definitely inspired me for dinner tonight.

    Looks like a great time.

    Nook & Sea

  3. Yum. I can't wait to try this! Julia

  4. Did you cook the rice in foil too? Just curious? :) Julia

  5. @julia, no I just used instant rice. I've used those bags of cooked rice when camping before too. But, I think you probably could cook the rice in the foil too, especially if it is minute rice or instant.

  6. Perfect. We are leaving tomorrow morning and I wanted some tin foil meal ideas! Great minds :)

  7. Really love the picture of the kids climbing in the rock and the one with Riley in the background. Trying out this Hobo recipe by our tent tomorrow night! Thanks Jeran! -HEIDI

  8. I love this idea!

    Little individual campfire meals..gonna save this for the summer trips for sure.

    amelia from hks

  9. We are all over this one for the next campout!

  10. We are seniors who are still camping. Love this idea and will certainly try it in April when we go out again. So nice to find someone who is still back to nature, good times, and great memories.

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