Missing the summer camping months already? Cheer up! Even with autumn weather chilling things down, you can always move your family camping plans indoors. And have just as much fun (minus the bug bites!).
Choose a spot in your family room or kids’ play corner where you can bring the outdoors in. Then, assemble a makeshift tent or two and even a faux campfire that’s sure to thrill the little ones. Finally, set out your campfire cooking and serving gear for this indoor BBQ menu we’ve put together for you (recipes below). And there you have it, as close to an outdoor camping experience as you can get while warm and snug at home! (*this post contains affiliate links)
Indoor BBQ Ideas & Recipes for Indoor Camping
Here’s how to keep your camping menu simple and hassle-free, but still with those classic campfire faves!
Treat the grownups and older kids to small juicy steaks cooked on an electric indoor searing grill (1) like this one from Hamilton Beach (via Amazon). Then, for everyone, prep handy bags of Frito Pies (3) a.k.a. Walking Nachos, filled with homemade chili (recipe from Yo Quiero) and all the fixins’ and a crunchy topping of Fritos!
The younger kids would love these Easy Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (4), courtesy of Foreman Grill Recipes, paired with mini mugs of Copycat Campbell’s Tomato Soup (2), as found on Mantitlement. Plus, the forever-favorite—with a fun campfire twist—Cast Iron Mac and Cheese (5) thanks to Uno Casa.
And speaking of ever-popular picks, the camping dessert has still got to be S’mores. In this case, it’s Easy Grilled S’mores (6) in individual foil packets—a neat idea from Reynold’s Brands.
From Food to Fun
Aside from the food, don’t forget the indoor camping fun! Prepare a game board or two (like these choices from Amazon) to enjoy with the fam.
- Camp Board Game
- Trekking The National Parks – The Award-Winning Family Board Game
- Taco vs Burrito – The Wildly Popular Surprisingly Strategic Card Game
- Outset Media Family Charades [Amazon Exclusive]
- Do You Really Know Your Family? A Fun Family Game Filled with Conversation Starters and Challenges – Great for Kids, Teens and Adults
Or if movie-watching is more your thing, choose from these family-friendly films on DVD (also available on Amazon).