Monday, September 25, 2023


How often do you cook outside (grill, BBQ, campfire-cooking, etc.)?

Cooking outside, whether it’s on a small camping stove, a big grill, a BBQ, or over a campfire, is something that goes hand-in-hand with camping and RVing. Oh, and how could we forget those deluxe outdoor kitchens some RVs have these days?

How often do you cook outside? Every night? Once a week? A few times a year? Never? After you vote in today’s poll, tell us how and what you usually cook outside. Make us hungry!


  1. More when traveling in the RV than at home. At least once every three or four days when traveling. When home, it is seasonal. Grilling during the winter takes a lot of propane, so we do it infrequently (even more so when traveling). Spring through fall, we grill more at home, probably weekly, and a bit more if traveling. In any case, my answer was “sometimes.”

  2. Rarely at home, and sometimes when we go camping. If we go to a park for a week or more, then I set up the canopy and Coleman outdoor kitchen station. The propane grill (fire hazard restrictions) is on the nearby picnic table, and the griddle, Instapot and air fryer are all under the canopy portion. We cook outside to keep the AC’s from having to work even harder (it gets H – O – T in Eastern WA) and to lessen the power load on our breakers (can use the 110V outlet to a cord reel with multiple plugs). I still carry a bin of charcoal and fire starters for steaks and chicken, but most of the time we cook more standard fare. Bonus points for being ‘that guy’ who cooks bacon outside and drives the neighbors crazy!

    • Hi, Jeff. Your mention of Eastern Washington reminds me of when I was growing up. We’d go visit my grandparents in Pomeroy, in the southeastern corner of the state. If it was summer, it could be 110. If it was at Christmastime, it could be 10. A little different than the mild temps I was used to in the Seattle area. Have a good night. 😀 –Diane

  3. My answer changes dependent on if we’re in the RV or at our home base. I cook out a lot when we’re traveling. My preference is over a camp fire. I grew up camping in the 50s when all the cooking was over a campfire. I honestly can’t remember anything being cooked in the RV. When we’re at home, I cook out 2-3 times a week. It really is “weather dependent”.

  4. I cook before I leave home and have the freezer packed with meals (solo traveler). I went 21 days and spent less than $6 eating out.

  5. I love camping out with nature so I cook most everything outside on a Weber BBQ. For breakfast, I set a small cast iron griddle on the grill and cook bacon, eggs, even pancakes on it. For other meals, meat, veggies, and most anything else right on the grill. In bad weather, it’s usually something quick on the stove inside the MH.

  6. On average we spend about 5 months per year in our MH. We cook on the grill 3-4 times per week. At home we grill 4-6 times per week.

  7. Outdoors – As much as possible!
    I often do a “hybrid” cooking. Anything smelly onions, bacon, etc. outside on an induction top, and then, it’s either the Blackstone flat top or the BBQ for almost everything else.
    Occasionally, boiling vegetables inside, or keeping something warm in the oven.

  8. When we vacation in our RV we always go out to eat, that’s part of the fun of a vacation. Now at home we have an outdoor kitchen and my husband uses it more than cooking inside in nice weather. We don’t eat out much at home, we live out in the county and too far to drive,

  9. I use my grill to cook or reheat food at least 5 days a week when parked for more than 2 or 3 days. Steak, pork chops, chicken, hot links, asparagus, zucchini, mushrooms, potato skins, packets, etc. Keeps the smells out of my small Cls C and easy clean up. Just aquired a small cast iron pan so will try that when boondocking in campfire approved areas.

  10. I would grill at 40 below in Alaska. When camping, 4 of 5 meals are grilled outside, at home at least once a week sometimes 2-4 times a week.

  11. Other than using the microwave to reheat something, I don’t recall cooking inside in the past 30 years while camping.

  12. if it’s grilled outside, not only does it taste better, we’re more prone to throw veggies on the grill with it, and there’s less clean-up! in the summer, it’s almost every night. burgers, chicken, pork chops, pizza…anything! in the winter, not so much, but still about once a week.

  13. I have been carrying a portable grill (charcoal or propane) for the better part of 43 years. Most of them have rusted away, I would say maybe 2 times each year it is used to grill a couple of steaks. To me it is a waste of space, time, and anything else you can think of negative. It is far more time consuming than it’s worth.


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