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Campfire Packets

By August 25, 2015November 25th, 2023Camping and Travel, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Main Dish

Campfire Packets


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No carb loading for our keto family! Even on our camping trips!


I adore camping. Everything about it… everything down to the dirty ketchup. My birthday always lands around Labor Day and I always ask to go camping for my present.

When I first watched this comedian talk about how goofy the idea of camping is I laughed so hard my belly hurt! It is so true how she jokes that people leave their nice comfy homes with large kitchens and soft beds drive hours into the woods to live in a community in tents with no running water, a campfire to cook over and dirt everywhere. Yep, I love it.

When I was a teenager my parents understood my love for camping and you could often find me and my dog Teva camping alone. My parent’s friends often second-guessed their judgement and my safety but my mom said at least we know what she is doing and she isn’t partying or drinking. Of course, this was before cell phones so when I think about it, I probably would have been nervous of my teenager camping alone but I am grateful for the trust of my parents.

One thing people find difficult is eating keto while camping or on vacation. So for those of you camping this weekend here is my idea for you… Campfire Packets. We always made these when I went to Camp Forest Springs as a child and here is our easy twist.


Someone commented that I should use parchment in between the aluminum foil is so the heated aluminum doesn’t leach into the food. It is now updated.

Sausage and Braised Cabbage

Maria Emmerich
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 medium head purple or green cabbage
  • 1 pound Kielbasa sausage
  • ¼ cup diced yellow onions
  • 1/4 cup butter or other fat if dairy sensitive
  • 2 teaspoons Redmond Real salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper


  • Start campfire or grill so it has established coals.
  • Lay out 2 sheets of aluminum foil that are 12 by 12 inches as well as 2 sheets of unbleached parchment paper that are 12 by 12.
  • Lay 1 sheet of aluminum foil down on a counter topped with parchment. Liberally grease the parchment or if doing in the oven a 13 by 9-inch baking dish with bacon fat.
  • Cut the cabbage into 6 wedges, keeping the core attached so the leaves stay intact after cooking.
  • Lay the wedges in the greased tin foil or dish in a single layer.
  • Cut the Kielbasa into 1 inch long pieces and place in the foil. Add the diced onion. Cut the butter into 1/4 inch pieces and place all over the cabbage.
  • Season well with the salt and pepper.
  • Seal tightly with a layer of parchment then aluminum foil wrapping the ends tightly and place over hot coals in the fire or in the oven. Cook for 10 minutes.
  • Gently flip the packet and cook another 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat. Once the foil is cool to the touch, unwrap and enjoy right out of the packet if desired!


Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • Sandra Wells says:

    Thank you as always for the wonderful recipes and life changing books! Your hard work and knowledge are a gift to all of your readers. I would like to suggest you might be interested in learning more from Dr. David Perlmutter and others regarding the breakdown of aluminum foil at temperatures of 350 f and over and the ease of assimilation of aluminum into our bodies. Thank you again!!
    I always use organic unbleached parchment in a few layers as a liner inside my foil cooking.

  • Awesome! I’ve recently been struggling with how to get enough nutrition while being keto and backpacking! It’s hard to find the balance of nutrition while being out in the woods for several days. I’m afraid the sausage would go bad if I’m not cooking it the 1st night. Any suggestions for keto backpackers?

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      Thanks! Maybe more cured meats and jerkeys? Also things made with coconut oil will last longer (fat bombs, etc.).

  • I almost never go camping so I’ll just try this on the barbecue.

  • Peggy Deichelbohrer says:

    This sounds great! I will definitely try it when we camp in a couple of weeks. We have often made what we call “Girl Scout” dinners in foil over the fire or a grill. Raw hamburger, and a variety of veggies. I like mushrooms, onions, zucchini & tomatoes. And thanks Sandra for the suggestion to use parchment inside the aluminum foil. I will try that also!

  • krickt says:

    My family went on our “Last Great Camping Adventure” This year, to Glacier National Park/Yellowstone. My baby girl is 21, and my baby boy is 18. This is probably the last time we can all find the time to go on a great and glorious camping trip. They resist greatly my new way of eating, so campfire packets (or hobo packets) were the way to go. They put potatoes in theirs, I put broccolli in mine. We used a variety of meats, ground beef, sausage, chicken, bacon. They all turned out fantastic. And for most of the trip, they didn’t even notice they were eating gluten free, and very, very low or no sugar. These are the BOMB for camping, especially when you have a 18 year old fire bug who couldn’t get enough of starting and keeping fires going!

  • DonnaZ says:

    This is a fun, laughable, great post… Esp for me

  • Barbara says:

    Hey Maria….Loved this post! I remember camping out so many times as a kid in the woods behind our house….nothing like it for a kid experience! We still love it. Curious as to what brand kielbasa you use….will you share?

  • Diana says:

    Thanks for the great idea! We used to do this with fish or chicken & veggies when camping with our kids (eons ago). I had entirely forgotten about it. Your combo sounds wonderful, and we’re definitely going to fix a few of these up for our upcoming trip with our kids and grandkids. I like them because you can individualize them for everybody.

  • Candace says:

    Please, please, please do a series on camping foods!!! I have an entire pinterest board dedicated to camping tips and tricks. This is going on it immediately and I’d love to have more!

  • Lorrie says:

    Agreed! I came here looking for travel friendly and camping food ideas! 🙂
    Thanks for all you do, Maria!

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