I’ve been wanting to cook a pot roast over the cowboy cooker for a while now.

But every day something thwarted my objective.

Basically, you must have the day to build and tend the fire —

and I had no idea how long it would take to cook the pot roast.

So around noon, I built the fire base out of palm fronds, kindling and a fire starter square.

It took off and I kept feeding it until it was strong enough to sustain a big chunk of hickory.

Then I put the pot on to heat it up.

When we used this cast iron pot on the stove, it took a long time for it to heat up.

But outside on the fire – not so much!

It was time to sear the meat and that went quickly as well, given the heat.

Then I poured in the citrus marinade and canned tomatoes and let it cook for an hour or so.

The pot hung not far from the flames and, in retrospect, I think that was about 375-425 degrees because the meat was nearly done in 75 minutes.

Of course that makes sense, because what cowboy would be willing to wait 3 hours for a slow cooking potroast after a day on the trail.

Then I put in the potatoes and onions but I raised it too far from the flames – and I had to make further adjustments.

All throughout this, I was having a blast.  Really!

Then a new friend came by and joined us for supper and a long into the night stimulating conversation.

Our New Friend Shari

About Angels, and the end of the world and an earthquake on March 12 and where the waters will go and other solar systems that have sustainable life and why aliens heads are so big and what do they want with us and the intrigue of the art world and life on Cedar Key for a New Yorker, through and through, who came here temporarily – a year ago.


Our Neighbors, Chick and Marsha (we amuse them)

Anyway, IMHO, it was a great and interesting day and I can’t wait to try something else in the pot over the grill.

xo Laura

Bushed after a long, fun day!


5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by benita ryan on February 15, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    ummmmmm……..I am noticing that you are still wearing warm clothing!! So, I guess a day over the hot fire is a very good idea!…..you didn’t say whether your pot roast was delicious ……….of Course It Was!!!

    We are having a heat wave here……..so it is too hot to even go out…….or cook! cold pasta anyone???



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      LAURA Laura Matson Hahn New Hope, PA http://www.conversationfarm.co



    • Benita — Yes it was cool. The storm in Chicago swept a north west wind over us all for a few days. The, like magic, it warms up. We were having a fire last night b/c it was cool and by 8, the air temp was much warmer on its’ own. At our latitude we stay in the 70’s on a good day – and that’s good for me! xo LAURA Laura Matson Hahn New Hope, PAwww.conversationfarm.co



  2. Posted by Harald Poth on February 21, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Reminds me of camp cooking in Boy Scout days. It was as much an event as a meal.


    • Harald that is the truth. Last night, we made a fire with some new friends who were over for a drink. After they left, we just put the cast iron pot on the grill, browned the chicken breasts in the pot, added crushed tomatoes and cooked up some plump juicy chicken breasts with pasta. yum. and fun! LAURA Laura Matson Hahn New Hope, PAwww.conversationfarm.co



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