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There’s an age-old misconception that cooking and camping don’t conveniently pair well together. Put your hot dogs and s’mores aside; we’re setting the record straight. You can cook and eat just as well while camping as you can from the comfort of your own home. Stir up your campsite culinary inspiration with two of our favorite make-anywhere dishes, courtesy of the Mountain Side Camp Chef. We hope you can learn to make cooking and eating while camping and backpacking one of the most enjoyable parts of your outdoor excursions.

Mountain Side Gear Rental inventory includes traditional stoves perfect for camping as well as ultralight versions for backpacking. Plus, we’ve got cooking utensils; medium and large cook-sets with a pot and strainer lid; and stainless-steel coffee makers – a must-have, even in the great outdoors. When completing a gear rental order online, keep in mind Mountain Side is unable to include propane in your shipment; propane is available for purchase at most sporting goods stores.

Remember to take a look at Mountain Side’s Camping Gear and Backpacking Gear Checklists to ensure you’ve thought of everything for your trip, including the essential cooking supplies. No one likes a hangry camper!

Beer Brats with Rum Sauce

Recipe Courtesy of Camp Chef
Meaty links gently simmered in a pan of beer and onions. Topped with delicious rum sauce,then finished up on the grill. Easily prepare this recipe prior to your trip or at the campsite.


  • For the Bratwursts:
  • Bratwursts – 6-8
  • Onion, sliced – 1
  • Beer (Amber-type preferred) – 36 oz
  • For the Rum Sauce:
  • 14 oz can of fire roasted tomatoes, drained – 1
  • Tomato sauce – 1 cup
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • Rum – 3 Tablespoons
  • Apple cider vinegar – 1 Tablespoon
  • Worcestershire – 2 Tablespoons
  • Horseradish – 1 Tablespoon
  • BBQ Rub – 2 Tablespoons
  • Ground all spice seasoning – 1 pinch
  • Salt and pepper to taste


For the Rum Sauce:
Cook onions in rum, add more rum is needed, until onions are transparent. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer until thickened, about 30 minutes.

For the Brats:
Grill. Pany-fry or cook brats over the fire until the internal temp reaches 150 degrees
Heat a pan of beer and sliced onions to 175-185 degrees.

Add smoked brats to beer and hold until ready to grill. Grill on sear box on high heat and
serve with rum sauce, sauerkraut, mustard, jalapenos, or whatever else is a favorite topping.

Shrimp Tacos

Recipe Courtesy of Camp Chef
These spicy shrimp tacos are perfect for any campsite. Try mixing and matching ingredients to make the taco to your liking. Try marinating the shrimp for a bit of added flavor.


  • Shrimp, peeled & deveined – 1 lb
  • Onion, chopped – 1/2
  • Red bell peppers, chopped – 1-2
  • Jalapeño pepper, sliced thin – 1
  • Sour cream – 3 T
  • Salsa – 5 T
  • Limes – 2-3
  • Butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • Mexican Seasoning
  • Taco Sauce
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Flour tortillas, 6-inch – 6

Using the grill, preheat your Flat fry-pan to medium-low.

Season shrimp with Mango Chipotle Seasoning and set aside. Saute chopped onion in butter, and season with salt and pepper. Set to the side.

Cook the shrimp about 1 minute per side, until the meat is opaque. Then add sour cream and salsa. Mix together on the fry-pan until combined.

Add red peppers and cook for about 30 seconds.

Warm tortillas over the open flame of the grill then set aside until ready to build.

Place about 4 shrimp in the tortilla then top with onions and peppers. Garnish with taco sauce, cheese, jalapeños, sour cream and lime juice. Serve warm and enjoy!