The best outdoor cooking gear should be easy to use, portable, and efficient.
We test outdoor cooking gear such as skillets to prepare meals for a large group to utensils and local spices to bring on your outdoor adventure.
This is the best outdoor cooking gear for 2020
|LEM Products MaxVac 250 Vacuum Sealer
This unit works well to seal fish and game. Our tester used it extensively in 2019 and reported that the seals are looking good on frozen fish. The unit is designed to seal up to 250 times without stopping, has a locking lid that you only need one hand to operate, has both automatic and manual sealing modes, and includes both a roll holder and cutter.
|Smokehouse Products Big Chief Drying/Grilling Screens
This is a must-have for those that like to smoke their own fish and game, and for those chefs who like to cook fish on the grill. Safe to 550°F, these screens are non-stick, dishwasher safe and made from PFTE Teflon. We used them when smoking salmon in 2019 and they worked great. In the past, our smoked salmon strips would stick to the racks, and it would take a bit of time to get them clean. Using these screens has eliminated the cleanup, and the fish strips slide easily off the screens.
|LEM MaxVac Quart Vacuum Bags
These 8” x 12” bags are well suited to accommodate a pound of fish. They are made from tough, 3.5 mm, puncture-resistant plastic and are reusable. This size bag features an easy-open tear notch. Bags will work in most sealers (not chamber machines), and feature a parallel channel design which helps remove all the air when vacuum sealing. Bags have a space for labeling date and contents.
|Salmon Sisters Taco and Fajita Seasoning
Our tester likes the flavor produced from this combination of salt, garlic and chili. Try some the next time you want to make fish tacos. It is comprised of cayenne, chili flake, mild chili powder, coriander, cumin, garlic, oregano, paprika, salt, and Malabar pepper, and comes in a two-ounce resealable jar.
|Summit Spice and Tea Company Smoked Salmon Dry Brine
This 22-ounce bag includes brown sugar, kosher salt, bay leaf, clove, garlic, ginger, and juniper. It’s a unique combination that gives your smoked salmon a sweet and savory flavor. Our tester is a big fan of Summit Spice and Tea Company’s products and this one is a keeper, just like the smoked sockeye that resulted from using this brine.
|GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Base Camper Medium Cookset
This cookware stacks together neatly in a mesh bag. It is very light and portable. It is a great set for cooking a fabulous outdoor meal. The lid and pot handles are well insulated and stay cool to the touch. These stainless-steel dishes clean up very easily. The vents on the lid are designed for draining pasta on the spot.
|Lodge 7 Quart Oval Oyster Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven
This Dutch oven has become a primary cooking tool for a wide variety of meals. It is extremely versatile and has a large capacity, perfect for family or entertaining guests. It is attractive enough to leave on the stove between uses. Heat spreads evenly across the Dutch oven; it is nonstick, and easy to clean up. The enamel cooking surface does not react to ingredients. It can be used in marinating, roasting, baking, sautéing, frying, cooking in the oven, as a serving vessel and storage container in the refrigerator. Our testers love the look and versatility.
|Coleman Roadtrip X-Cursion Propane Grill
Our tester loves using this grill. It is very portable. It is designed to be collapsible and rolls on wheels. The DripTrap removable water pan works well for catching drippings. The drip tray and grills are easy to clean. It closes down securely for travel or storage. The controls are easy to use, and the grill provides even heat.
|Camp Chef Pro 90X Three-Burner Stove
This unit is an indispensable tool for cooking for a large group in basecamp, making it a pick for best outdoor cooking gear in 2020. The three burners are powerful, putting out 30,000 BTUs each, and allow you to cook multiple items at once. The three-sided windscreen aids in protecting the burners from wind, and the matchless ignition makes it quick and easy to light them. We like the leveling feature in each leg and the folding side shelves. It’s built well, and some might consider it heavy at 59.5 pounds, but the legs fold in and the whole unit becomes compact and fits in a carry bag. We’re sure that this stove will be the foundation of our base-camp kitchen for many years to come.