Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Hobo Packets

I was wondering what to do for dinner... something different...somthing other than the same old thing....thought I have these boneless pork chops,  & some vegetables..hmmmm... got it.. Hobo packets... my mom used to make these when we would go camping.. sometimes she did it with hamburger patties for the meat, sometimes chicken... I have made these countless ways with almost every type of meat and sauce, pork chops (both boneless & bone in) chicken (again, both boneless & bone- in), hamburger patties, cube steak patties (use what you have)... I would not recommed doing this with fish fillets though, the fish cooks much quicker than the vegetables and you end up with mush for fish (I have done vegetables in their own packet and cooked them for about 45 minutes, and then cooked the fish in their own packet for the remaining 15-20 minutes and that has worked just fine, it just means that each person won't have their own packet (which is no big deal). 
I have used every vegetable imagainable as well, potatoes, carrots, onion, celery, peppers (green, red, yellow whatever works,) summer squash, zuchinni, aspargus, baby tomatoes... use what you have on hand and like... if your not using really hard vegetables like potatoes and carrots you can adjust the cooking time (less cooking) for the vegetables that you choose.
Also for the seasonings sauce, this is just the start, I have put just worchester sauce, and a pat of butter, put just ketchup (on the burgers), or just a little BBQ sauce, I have mixed it up like here.. it all works.. for an Asian flair, I have used soy and a couple of drops of Sesame oil... again mix up and use what you like...
For the dried seasonings use what you like, mine is just a suggestion I have used every imaginable seasoning, seasoned salt, red pepper flakes, rosemary, parsley, thyme whatever, again use what you like... Make these soon.... you will love them:)

Hobo Packets

4 meat servings  (meaning 1 pork chop, piece of chicken, hamburger pattie per person)
1 potato, quarted and thinly sliced per person
vegetables of your choice ( I used 1onion, cut in half then quartered and thinly sliced, 1 stalk celery thinly sliced,1/2 green pepper thinly sliced, 1 1/2 cups baby carrots sliced)
1 pat of butter per packet,
seasonings ( I used garlic & herb no salt, pepper, & seasoned salt)
seasoning Liquid mix ( I used worchester sauce, steak sauce, BBQ sauce & Lawry's sesame ginger marinade about 2 T. each)
1 T. water per packet
1 clove of garlic for each packet, cut in half lenthwise, then thinly sliced

Using  Heavy duty aluminum foil ( or you can double regular foil) cut 4 pieces big enough to be able to wrap up and items won't fall out.... spray foil with nonstick spray.  Place piece of meat on foil sprinkle with seasonings.  Divide vegetables up by 4 and place vegetables on top of meat.    Drizzle with seasoning liquid mix, spoon 1 T. of water over veggies & place pat of butter on top.  Sprinkle with seasonings.  Taking the foil , fold both sides together and crimp down sealing the packet and twisting both ends.  Continue with remaining packets.  Place packets on foil lined baking sheet and bake for about 1 1/2hours at 375.  Remove from oven and open one packet check for vegetable and meat doneness.  Enjoy


  1. Oh my bring back memories for me. My family used to make these over the fire when we would go camping. They are wonderful cooked over a hot bead of burning wood. They are really good with smoked sausage too. You've got my taste buds in a flare again Joelle....I am going to have to make some of these.

  2. Yum... with smoked sausage huh... sounds like I am going to have to make these with that..yum... these are so very good cooked over a campfire.. makes me wanna go camping:)