This delicious and decadent brownie recipe was developed by author and open fire excerpt, Sarah Glover in partnership with Kodiak. A Utah neighbor, Kodiak creates pre-made baking mixes, waffle & pancake mixes, oatmeal packs, and more, rich with protein and whole grains.
How to Make
Salted Caramel Kodiak Brownies
Serving: 6-8 | Prep Time: 1 hour | Cook Time: 40 min | Total Time: 1 hour 40 min
- Oil spray
- 48 soft caramel candy cubes
- 1/2 cup heavy cream, plus extra to serve
- 1 box Kodiak Brownie Mix
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)
- Sea salt (to taste)
- 30” Cowboy Grill or fire pit
- Cast Iron All-In-One Skillet
- Enamel Mixing Bowls
- Cowboy Grill Chef Spoon
- Folding Shovel
- Light a fire and let it burn down for 1 hour or until you obtain medium heat. Set the grill grate 12 inches above the coals and set a 12" All-In-One Cast Iron Skillet above the grill. Line a lidded cast iron skillet with enough baking paper to overhang the side by 2 inches.
- Place the caramel candy cubes and the cream in a small saucepan and cook over the fire, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until the caramels are melted. Add a big pinch of salt and set aside to cool.
- Combine the Kodiak brownie mix, eggs, butter, oil, and 2 tablespoons of water in a large bowl. Stir in the chocolate chips (if using), then pour the batter into the prepared skillet. Using a spoon, dollop the caramel sauce over the brownie and gently swirl it into the batter; don’t over-stir.
- Cover with the lid, then hang the skillet from the tripod and shovel some hot coals on top. Cook the brownie for 15–20 minutes, until the top is lightly cracked, but still with a little wobble. Carefully remove the pan from the fire and remove the lid. Let the brownie cool in the skillet for about 15 minutes, then cut into slices and serve with cream and coffee.
Sarah's Tips for
Build your fire correctly
Source slow-burning wood (oak and hickory are great) and good kindling (you can usually forage this). Think carefully about the best spot to build; a pre-dug pit or cast iron fire pit are excellent as they shelter from the wind. Aim to start your fire around one hour before cook time; once the wood has burned down to coals, you're ready.
Meal plan to the max
Out in the wild, you can't pop over to the shops, and you might not have all your fancy utensils on hand. Check, then double-check your ingredient list and see what you can prep beforehand. Kodiak Cakes' pre-made mixes are a great product to take the pressure off. I also recommend pre-marinating in a zip lock bag. (Who woulda thought you could marinate in your backpack while hiking to your camping spot!?)
It's about quality, not quantity here. A good quality cast iron pan with a lid means you've got a frying pan, a saucepan, and a Dutch oven. Good knives, a chopping board, a spatula, a spoon, and enamelware are everything you need for cooking outdoors.
Invite your mates
There's something about campfire cooking that creates connection and compels people to dish out some good stories. A campfire draws people together, removes them from technology, and helps them focus on nature and each other. (Plus, if you cook, then they're on washup duty.)
Don't underestimate bread on a stick
Sometimes it's the simpler recipe that shines with this type of cooking. One of my all-time faves (and crowd-pleasers) is a simple bread dough on a stick. Just make a basic dough, add a bit of cheese, garlic, olive oil, and salt, wrap around a stick and rotate in the fire. The smoky flavors will do the rest.
Sarah is an inspiring nature chef. Her recipes celebrate beautiful, healthy, food cooked outdoors. Recipes are accessible, adaptable and you’re encouraged to bring your own individual flair and sense of adventure to the kitchen.
Kodiak began in 1982 when Penny Clark sent her 8-year-old son into the neighborhood with a red wagon full of paper bags that were filled with her father’s heirloom flapjack mix and simple instructions written on the bags. He returned with an empty wagon and lifelong plans.
Over the years the company has expanded to sell all kinds of hearty and nutritious goods based on simple ingredients like whole grains and added protein. Their mission is simple: to inspire healthier eating and active living with nourishment for today's frontier.
Kodiak is dedicated to encouraging healthy ecosystems, be it in your kitchen or wherever the frontier still thrives. They annually donate a portion of their profits to conservation efforts, including to organizations that work to preserve native bear habitat.