How To Cook On Your Snowmobile And Be The Envy Of Your Friends.
HOW TO COOK WITH YOUR SNOWMOBILE AND HOW TO BE AWESOME AT IT!
By Simeon Park: Here at evo, we find after hours of riding in the cold, a frozen sandwich just doesn’t cut it. Same with the thousands of energy bars you’ve devoured over the years; cold food just doesn’t hit the spot when you’re hungry. Behold, there is a solution to your hunger problems when you’re deep in the backcountry with no stove in site. Your sled…this is how to cook with your snowmobile!
Sure you might have your doubts by thinking cancer, exhaust fumes, partially cooked meat. Yes, yes it can cook your food, and no, you won’t taste the exhaust fumes. Snowmobile cooking has already been established as a great way to eat a hot meal without having to lug around a heavy stove or build an elaborate camp fire. Some smart person has already figured this out for us a few years back. Thanks man.
No longer do you have to attract all the bears on the mountain just to fill your empty stomach, just ride, wait, and eat. When done right, you can make some pretty decent meals. Even when it’s done wrong, your food will still be warm, still better than the frozen sandwich and tasteless granola bar that you don’t really want to eat. With some creativity and some patience you can turn that sweet ride into your own personal mobile kitchen.
While your buddies are eating frozen tasteless foods, crack open that engine and pull out your warm dish that’s been slow roasting and reward yourself for keeping up with the evo blog. Here’s how you do it.
First you have to plan on what you’re going to cook and about how long you plan on riding. Next you should decide on how you’re going to keep the food from being exposed to the engine fumes. There are many solutions to this problem. Specially designed products such as the Muffpot we found on Ebay (would you expect any other name?) are a great way to cook your food in an enclosed space that will keep your food from tasting like gasoline.
You can also securely wrap your food in aluminum foil, or place your food in an empty soup can and seal the can to keep any fumes from reaching your food. With this method of cooking, there are an endless amount of possibilities on what you might eat at the peak.
Cooking hotdogs, burritos, scrabbled eggs and beans are just examples of some simple items that you can cook while riding. This is a list that will make you a gourmet chef to all your buddies when you’re deep in the backcountry…remember to throw some veggies in to make your Mother proud.
1: The Dog: There’s nothing wrong with a good hot dog. Take that normal dog and pimp it out by chopping up some onions and throwing it in a marinade. Cooking a hot dog in awesome chicken stock with some spices and vegetables will only make that dog taste better. This is great for shorter trips.
2: The Bird: If you’re going on a long ride, then take your favorite uncooked poultry, rub it down with some spices and herbs, wrap that baby up with aluminum foil, and place it near the muffler without clogging up the engine. To get an even cook, try throwing that bird in the Muffpot or a soup can filled with some liquids. Make sure you bring some wet-naps.
3:The Burger: Burgers are a staple American food served almost everywhere in the world, so why not in the backcountry? Unless you’ve got a mini grill attached to your engine, making the perfect burger might not be so easy. Attach this special burger griller to your exhaust and cook the perfect patty every time… just make sure you bring all the fixings.
4: The Pig: Cooking slow is basically the same thing as braising. If you’re a top chef at snowmobile cooking, try braising a pork tenderloin. Get the perfect sized tenderloin, marinate it in some barbecue sauce, wrap it up in foil and throw it near the muffler for a long ride. Careful on where you throw the pig, too close to the muffler and you might overcook one side.
5: The Leftovers: Someone already did all the hard work of cooking that delicious food; all you have to do is reheat it. The snowmobile method of cooking is a great way to reheat yesterday’s steak, burrito, Gallo Pinto (for those who have been to Costa Rica) or anything else that might fit securely near the exhaust for quick trips. We think this is the best option to experiment with until you figure out how hot your sled runs and how fast the food cooks, before trying to cook with raw meet.
Moral of the story, be creative and eat well. It would be irresponsible not too cook food with your sled with all that useful energy radiating from the muffler. With hot tasty food, you’ll be the envy of all your buddies.
Thanks to Nimbus Independent for the snowmobile photos!