Jetstream RV Resort at NASA

Thanksgiving and RV Camping

So much to be thankful for at this special time of year. The RV roof over your head, your family or RV companions, the food on your table, and your dear little furry traveling pal – your doggie.

But unless you are ‘camping out’ in the biggest RV on Earth, you probably don’t have room in your li’l RV oven to make a great big turkey, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes with those gooey marshmallows, and a couple of pies. If your RV does not have an oven, or if you are not convinced you can actually get a good result in your RV kitchen, help is here. And it’s more fun anyway.

Thanksgiving and RV Camping | Dutch Oven Turkey | RV Turkey

Step 1 – You Need A Dutch Oven

What’s a Dutch oven, you ask. It’s a heavy, cast-iron pot with a tightly-fitting lid. Big enough for your turkey, and strong enough to withstand the direct heat of a campfire. Some of them even have little legs. The best ones for camping have a flattish, ridged lid so you can pile coals on top to equalize the heat throughout.

Step 2 – Cook That Turkey

First of all, buy a turkey that will fit in the Dutch oven with the lid on so the bird will be covered completely. Build a fire in your fire pit, making sure the base of the fire is flat. Hardwoods – like oak or maple – burn longer and more evenly than softwoods.

Dutch oven Turkey Recipe
  • Turkey, 12 pounds or less should fit. Try to get a fresh one – thawing a frozen turkey takes a long time.
  • Apples, sweet or tart, whichever you prefer.
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Chicken broth
  • Salt & Pepper or Soy Sauce
  • While the fire is turning itself into coals, go back to your RV kitchen and wash the turkey thoroughly and remove the gizzards.
  • Cut the apples & vegetables into thick pieces.
  • Stuff the apples & vegetables (minus the potatoes) into the turkey’s cavity and place it in the Dutch oven.
  • Pour on a cup of the broth with salt or soy sauce and place the gizzards and potatoes in the broth.
  • Put the lid on the Dutch oven so that the heat and steam cannot escape.

Pro Tip! Saute’ a little piece of the gizzards on your range top for the doggie!

  • Place the Dutch oven on the fire, making sure to surround it with as many hot coals as possible.
  • When the liquid begins to boil, keep an eye on the turkey to make sure all the liquid doesn’t evaporate before you’re finished cooking. Add more broth when it runs low. Cook for 3 to 4 hours, depending on the size of your turkey.

Step 3 – Organize the Neighbors & Drink Beer

Since cooking the turkey will take at least 3-4 hours, assign the side dishes to the neighbors. You already have potatoes in the Dutch oven, now you need green bean casserole, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, cranberry sauce, and pie. Send somebody to the grocery store for pies and beer.

Here at Jetstream, we have everything you need for a festive Thanksgiving gathering RV-style…

  • Gas grills
  • Electric grills
  • Picnic tables

…and plenty of seating in the Beer Garden.

The weather is usually around 70ᵒ on Turkey Day, so relax with your family and RV friends, have a few more beers, and use a turkey thermometer to make sure the bird is fully cooked. Once the thermometer reads 165ᵒ when inserted into the thickest part of the breast, it’s ready. Place the turkey on a serving platter and allow your delicious turkey to rest for about 20 minutes. Sit back and enjoy living the good life in the USA.

Give thanks for Jetstream – the best RV resort ever! Reserve now for turkey day and the whole weekend – We fill up fast! Book Now!