Any one have any experience cooking on engine? About to start pheasant hunting a hot meal in the middle of day is nice. Thought about trying this when out. Sometimes a decent drive from one property to the next and could have something cooking on the drive. Would be interested in either cooking something totally or things that a precooked then put in a ice chest and warmed up at lunch.
My wife and I did a late season elk hunt for our honeymoon we were dirt floor poor couldn’t afford a stove or bbq ect so for our entire hunt we cooked cans of soup on the motor then cans of soup in the camp fire at night lol. That’s the extent of my engine block culinary skills though.
We do it all the time. The key is finding a place hot enough. We do breakfast burrito in foil, regular burritos in foil, corn dogs, and anything else you can pre-make and wrap in foil. I have done hot ham and cheese sandwiches, This is all on my older jeep and on my blazer. We have done some on a newer vehicle, but it is a lot harder finding a spot hot enough and where you can put food.
Barbecue chicken, sausages and sour krout, pizza (gets tricky because you need tooth picks to hold foil up from cheese, pizza bites are better,
I can keep going but those are all things we have done on our engine...
I was thinking on the lines of preseasoning some deer, antelope, elk, or sheep steaks. Maybe adding some onions, peppers, or potatoes and cooking raw in tin foil. Or buying some tamales or burritos and then warming up in foil. But open to any ideas. Although can soup does not hit the spot!
If you have the spot to cook it steak would not be bad. I am always cooking for 4 when we do it so I always look for individual things I can wrap and share... Things that take less time and can be easily rotated... We usually use it to reheat not cook, however one time we did cook trout with onion and butter on it.
When I was running a dozer for a living I warmed many a meal on the manifold. Lost a couple in the belly pan too. Bummer ! I don’t think it will get hot enough to actually cook, but I’ve been wrong before.
When I was in Viet Nam, we make a wire basket that we hung on the exhaust manifold. We would throw our cans of C's in the basket in the morning and then have a hot lunch. Didn't work so well with the spaghetti though, the cans would explode.
There was a someone...maybe Fred Trost in Michigan(??) who cooked some straps and taters wrapped in aluminum foil with some butter. He put them on the block by the carb, drove on a tank of gas and when he stopped for the next fuel stop, pulled the package out and it was done.
This is a little off topic but When I was in college, I worked on a road construction crew. We had to “patch” the county roads with blacktop to prep them to be stone and oiled. We would walk behind the dump truck full of blacktop and shovel it off as we went along. Anyway we would take turns bringing in lunch everyday to be cooked in the dump truck. We would wrap steaks, chicken, khilbossa as well as corn on the cob and baked potatoes in tinfoil, give them to the drivers. when they went to the plant to load up with blacktop they would throw the “special of the day“ in as the blacktop was being dropped. By time they drove back to the construction site and we shoveled the blacktop off, our lunch was cooked.
We used to do a lot of 4 wheeling. Tried a bunch of different things, but the trick seemed to be somewhat thin meats. Not like a roast or anything. The best we came up with was a slab of those precooked ribs from the grocery store wrapped in foil. Turned out awesome every time!
Back in the 60's my buddy and I were hunting Caribou on the Denali Highway west of Paxon. We were driving a 52 Willys Jeep wagon. It was bitter cold and in the morning, we put C rations on the manifold to thaw them out, not necessarily to cook them, that is after we had to build a small fire under the block to get the jeep started.