Cooking with Coulee: Rethinking Food over the Flame

Cooking with Coulee: Rethinking Food over the Flame

Coulee Outdoor is all about re-imaging the 'traditional' for a better and more sustainable future. A sustainable future starts with our products and translates into how we move and use the product. First the airflow system and design to last a lifetime, then the fuel for the campfire, to now, rethinking food over the flame. Eating plant-based has been proven to support a more sustainable planet and is an excellent way to fuel your outdoor adventures. While not everyone will be open to shifting fully to plant-based, we want to provide substitutes and options for a diverse range of cooking. "Cooking with Coulee" will promote a range of diverse cooking options for all lifestyles and personal preference. 

 In our own discovery of plant-based options, we found that starting with swapping our go-to meals with plant based options was the easiest transition. And now with some foods that seem 'impossible', your options to shift from the 'butcher' really do go 'beyond' our belief! 

When thinking about the classic campfire meal, nothing quite beats the good 'ol wieners and beans meal. In this version, we take the seemingly simple recipe and turn it on it's head (read: turned it plant-based). 


  1. CouleeYard 19" Dome Airflow Smoke-Less Fire Pit OR CouleeYard 19" 2in1 Smoke-Less Fire Pit
  2. Coulee Grill & Post 
  3. Cast Iron Pan (with lid)


  • Your favourite plant-based wieners (or hot-dogs, as some like to say) 
  • 2 cans of navy beans

Kitchen Prep Bowl 1 - Base:

  • A drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil (we never measure)
  • 1 medium yellow onion 
  • 4+ cloves of garlic (another ingredient we play it fast and loose with)
  • 1 red bell pepper 

Kitchen Prep Bowl 2 - Sauce:

  • 1 small can of tomato paste 
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup 
  • Dash of salt
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 
  • A few drops of liquid smoke (this stuff is liquid gold!)


Cooking outdoors can take a bit of prep in the kitchen prior to taking your ingredients outside (or, if you are lucky enough, you have an outdoor kitchen!)

Kitchen Prep: Chop base ingredients into a bowl. Whisk sauce ingredients into a bowl. Rinse and drain beans. 

Campfire Cooking: When you are ready to cook your beans, bring out all of your prep bowls and fire up your CouleeYard. Bring the fire to an optimal burn reaching peak temperature (approximately 15 minutes). 

Place your cast iron pan onto the sear lip of the fire pit and heat for a few minutes. Add your prep bowl with base ingredients and sauté until onions and pepper are softened. Add the prep bowl with sauce ingredients - stir and let cook for approx. 5 minutes, stirring as needed. Add beans, stir and cover for 30 minutes. *the firepit gets hot so make sure you watch the pan and stir as needed so the beans don't burn to the bottom*

Once your beans are almost done, set your Coulee Grill approximately mid-way down the Coulee Post, place your wieners on your Coulee Grill & Post and rotate over the fire. Cook for 5-10 minutes until browned to your liking.

Once wieners and beans are done, safely rotate Coulee Grill off the direct flame and serve as desired. (We like to add the wieners and beans to a bun and enjoy together!)

For an additional side dish, you can grill veggie skewers or sauté veggies on a cast iron griddle. 

 Let us know below what you think of "rethinking food over the flame" and this recipe! 

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