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post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thought I would share my first Dutch Oven experience. We are camping on the Jacks Fork river this weekend and for my first try I did an Apple Cobbler. I used a simple recipe of pie filling and yellow cake mix that I found in the Boys Scouts Dutch Oven Guide...google is your friend! I also used some tin foil to aid in clean up.

I managed to burn the top where I had Country Crock...didn't have real butter but everything below was excellent.

I should have pulled it off here and let it coast but you live and you learn!

post #2 of 6
Practice makes perfect, next time you will know. I wonder if brushing egg whites on top would help, they do that on bread I think...
post #3 of 6
At a glance I'd say you have about twice as many coals on the top as you needed. Near the end ( about where you were in the second picture ) move the coals to the outer rim of the lid. You can also just place a piece of tinfoil on the top of the cobbler after it has browned.

Nice try for your first though.

Check this link to see baked bread in the DO and how many coals I used to achieve 350f ambient temp inside the DO.

There is a pic of how many coals I used and how I placed them round the rim at the end.
I used a probe stuck thru a tater to check ambient temps several times till I got so that I could get the Oven to bake at 350f .
Warm day and I used 10 coals on the bottom and 12 on the lid.

There are also some other really good posts in the thread with some terrific tips.

post #4 of 6
Here are a couple of links you might find useful...

This one has a chart showing how many briquettes to place on top and bottom for different temps...



Hope that helps you a little...PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
Cool! Thanks for the thoughts and links. I pretty much flew blind on this one, no temp gauge with me and so on. I started taking coals off but it was late in the game. Just the very outter top layer got scorched and that was really where the margarine was for the most part.

I had 12 coals underneath and few extra on top...was planning to use 24 but threw what I had left in the chimney on top...doh!
post #6 of 6
Yup... A little heavy on the coals on top. Just the same it looks very good.
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