5@5 - Pete Evans
May 13th, 2011
05:00 PM ET
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In the summertime when the weather is fine, we've got fishing weekends away, al fresco boozy brunches and barbecues on our minds - sorry Mungo Jerry.

It's the season to pack the whole Griswold clan into the station wagon, get away and add a little fuel to the fire.

And it seems Pete Evans, Australian chef, restaurateur and author of "My Grill: Outdoor Cooking Australian Style," is just as fired up about the art of outdoor cooking as we are.

There's nothing like - and as delicious as - the great outdoors.

Five Ways to Bring Typically Indoor Meals to the Great Outdoors: Pete Evans

1. Get set, get away
"Good food outdoors is easy to do if you're set up for it. Invest in a cast iron camp oven that can cook, roast and poach just about anything you want. All you need is a fire and hey presto!

Also, get yourself some sturdy garden gloves to lift the cast iron pot with if it gets hot -  and a good long pair of tongs to use over the fire. Oh, and don’t forget to take matches!"

2. Be prepared
"Pre-chopping vegetables and marinating meat will go a long way for your outdoor cooking adventure. Choose an easy menu that will not give you too much grief at the last minute.

Stick to easy braised dishes such as lamb shanks, or quick flash in the pan items like fish from the river with butter, capers and a splash of white wine. If you're bringing meat or seafood along, a good tip is to freeze it the night before in a Ziploc bag so it stays chilled and fresh."

3. Go wild!
"Make sure you take some fishing gear if you are near the water. There is nothing more satisfying than catching and preparing fresh fish from the great outdoors. Learn the art of scaling and preparing fresh fish - it's easy when you know how and the rewards are worth the blood and guts. Crab traps are easy to set too."

4. Pack down
"Don't forget to put a pot of water on when your meal is ready for the washing up afterward. To keep the soap clean, put it in a sock and hang it from a nearby tree."

5. Great company and good wine
"These go without saying indoors and outdoors. If there will be mosquitoes, maybe a good citronella candle too."

Is there someone you'd like to see in the hot seat? Let us know in the comments below and if we agree, we'll do our best to chase 'em down.

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  1. Soleada

    Love cooking outdoors... especially with mesquite chips thrown into the mix! I used to fish with my grandfather (on my dad's side) – he taught me how to cldan & cook a fresh caught fish when i was young. It's something I no longer do – I never did that with anyone else – not even my dad. I dont think he even knows how to clean a fish. Anywho, there's nothing like grilling outdoors on a warm afternoon/evening w/ close Family & friends & beer – not wine lol

    May 17, 2011 at 2:19 am |
  2. JP

    ahh yea, nothing beats campfire cooked bacon and pancakes in the morning :)

    May 15, 2011 at 9:34 pm |
  3. Dr. Deb

    Pete, will you marry me??? LOL

    I've been looking for a man like you my whole life. I just love the outdoors, enjoying nature....and love to cook out.

    May 15, 2011 at 11:47 am |
  4. T3chsupport

    Can't wait to get my fish on this summer!
    My favorite way to do it is to just gut/behead the thing, stick some butter, salt, pepper, and a slice of lemon in the cavity, wrap in tinfoil and stick under coals for awhile. Turns out superb! I can think of nothing more soulfully fulfilling than fighting a healthy fish onto the land, cooking it in a fire, and eating it out in the open air with your favorite people.

    May 14, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  5. Campstove Jack

    Hey! Pete must have been take'n notes at our camp.
    Spot on Petey, Spot on!
    http://www.funrestarea DOT com/pages/beer.shtml

    May 13, 2011 at 7:04 pm |
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