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  • Writer's pictureMari

Campfire French Toast PBB&J Sammies

Updated: Jun 7, 2021

The best part (and only reason I go tbh) of camping? The food!!! I love cooking over a fire outside, it really is my fave way to cook. More easy campfire recipes to come!

The key to these? Beef bacon! I don't eat pork, and I never thought there would be a spot on alternative to the ever popular bacon. Until I discovered this beef bacon from the Meathead Butcher in Ontario. Wow wow wow, game changer. It produces it's own grease, like real bacon, which makes it so easy and convenient for outdoor cooking! You could sub turkey or chicken bacon in this recipe too, and then just use some oil or butter to cook your sandwiches at the end. But if you have the choice, GO GET SOME BEEF BACON!


Campfire French Toast PBB&J Sammies

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Yield: 4 servings


  • 8 slices of thick day old french bread

  • 4 tbs peanut butter

  • 4 tsp fruit jam of your choice

  • 2 bananas, sliced

  • 4 slices of bacon (I used beef bacon)

  • 1 egg

  • I can (350 ml) evaporated milk

  • 1/4 maple syrup

  • A pinch of sea salt


  1. Start by cooking the bacon. Put a cast iron skillet on the grill over a campfire. Once the pan is hot, add the bacon to the pan and cook it until crisp and cooked. This took 7-10 minutes for me, but cooking time will vary depending on how hot your fire is. Once cooked, remove the pan from the fire and set aside. Do not disgard of the bacon grease.

  2. Make the sandwiches. Divide and spread the peanut butter and jam evenly between all of the bread slices. Divide the sliced bananas between 4 slices, and then top each sandwich with 1 slice of bacon. Close your sandwiches so that you have 4 sandwiches.

  3. In a bowl or deep plate, add the egg, evaporated milk, maple syrup, and salt. Whisk well to fully combine. When I'm camping, I use disposable chopsticks to whisk.

  4. Return the cast iron skillet with the bacon grease to the grill on the fire. Dip each sandwich into the evaporated milk batter, making sure each side is fully soaked in the french toast batter. Once the skillet is hot, add the sandwiches to the pan*. Allow the sandwiches to cook until golden on each side. For me, this took about 4-6 minutes on each side, but cooking time will vary dependning on your fire. Serve immediately.


  • *If your pan is too small to cook all sandwiches at the same time, cook them in batches by removing the bacon grease from the pan, and adding a little back to the pan in between cooking batches.


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