The class can prepare you to enter the Dutch Oven Cooking Competition at the Old Fort, hosted by Nevada State Parks on Saturday, March 26th, 2022. For more information on the competition, please email Carson at:
Dutch Oven Cooking Class at the Old Mormon Fort Nevada State Park – Las Vegas, Nevada
On a beautiful fall day in November 2021, at the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort, the air smelled wonderful. Of freshly baked bread, chili, pineapple cake, and cinnamon rolls. Just a few of the Dutch Oven dishes being prepared at the Dutch Oven Cooking Class. Presented by Russ and Susan Richins.
Russ and Susan Richins are owners of Rocking RR Chuck-wagon.
Friends of the Fort, a non-profit, is a group that supports the Old Mormon Fort The Fort is a Nevada State Park, located in Las Vegas. Friends of the Fort hosted their first Dutch Oven Cooking class.
14 fortunate students got hands on coaching and experience, learning everything about Dutch Ovens and how to master the art of cooking in them.
Susan and Russ traveled from Phoenix, AZ, to present this full-day class. They have been cooking in Dutch Ovens for about 57 years and have been teaching classes for 20 years. Susan and Russ have participated in Dutch Oven competitions throughout Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Colorado, and won an Arizona State Championship.
The class was a full-day. Students learn how to select Dutch Ovens, how to care for them, and how to cook and bake in them. Along with how to regulate the heat, and various cooking methods.
Each student made a yeast and sourdough bread from scratch. A main dish. Also a side dish or dessert. Susan and Russ provided all of the cooking equipment and all of the ingredients for the recipes. After the class, there was a pot luck for everyone to share and enjoy the dishes that were prepared.
We received much positive feedback about this class. It was a great introduction to cast iron cooking for those with no experience. It was also well received by those that wanted to hone their skills.
Reserve your own spot in the up coming class, or come out to observe. Watch for detailed info we will post in support. Or contact the Old Mormon Fort. The next scheduled cooking class is scheduled for February 2022.
You can also sign up now through the Eventbrite Website the Friends of the Fort uses to collecting payment.
The class can prepare you to enter the Dutch Oven Cooking Competition at the Old Fort, hosted by Nevada State Parks on Saturday, March 26th. For more information on the competition, please email Carson at
The Nevada State Parks “Cathedral Gorge Annual Dutch Oven Cook-off 2020” is canceled due to Covid.
This event is always held in September. Those that have it on your schedule for 2020 need to remove it. We just received official confirmation back from a Cathedral Gorge State Park spokesperson this morning.
We will be updating our various social media locations and websites. Please spread the word to others you know may have had plans to attend, and not see this changes.
Just when we thought we had seen them all, another unknown is found. We only say that with tongue in cheek because there seems to be an endless list of Cast Iron Manufacturers. It is fascinating how many existed in the late 1800’s up until the mid 1900’s.
This Hollands #9 Pot was purchased at a garage sale. Possible Circa 1890’s to Early 1900’s? This one is in very good condition. Valued at $100-$150.
A donation to TheDutchOvenCook.com today. (A big Thank You to Ed McCormick of Las Vegas)
This came short notice….the way things like this often do. In hindsight had I had more time to think about this, and known some of my contacts would not be as interested as I had hoped. I may have passed.
The timing was good for me to do the pick-up. It was an adventure none the less.
We shuttled broken and torn bags of charcoal, from the back of a semi-trailer for a good two hours.
Moving all the charcoal onto my (Tri-axle) dump trailer. Pallet after pallet of boxed up ripped bags. Each pallet and cardboard container was wrapped in shipping shrink plastic. There was two layers of pallets so the cardboard containers on the bottom were crushed. (Thank you John/ with Ed) for helping dig through all of that and for slinging lots of charcoal.
Somewhere about a quarter of the way into the semi-trailer the bee’s showed up. I took three hits. Two Benadryl later I was back in there. I hate those little buggers. They left stingers so they were some kind of bee and not yellow jackets. We never did figure out were we stirred them up. We thought maybe they were under the trailer?
What do you do with several thousand pounds of charcoal? That was an initial eye ball estimate. After unloading much of it in buckets and garbage cans later in the day, I believe it may have been in excess of 4000lbs.
What started out as a gifting idea to supply 3 state parks we attend Dutch Oven Cook Off events at, with free charcoal. Turned into they either didn’t want any. Or they only want a mere couple hundred pounds.
I needed to get the majority of this off the trailer before I drive a load up to Cathedral Gorge State Park. Too much weight, and they didn’t want the volume I have anyway.
The Old Mormon Fort SP in Las Vegas took as much as they wanted. We had hoped double or triple of what they took. LOL
We put the word out to our Dutch Oven friends, FB Market Place and Craigslist. Thankfully enough people showed up at my house to get this down to a manageable load. I think 3000 lbs or so was off loaded. We stopped at 6:30pm and put the trailer to bed. Thanks to all that toted some away!
The remainder of the charcoal I am hauling up to Cathedral Gorge SP next week (165 mile on way). Perhaps tent camp a night while I am there to give this adventure an ending bright spot.
ELIGIBILITY: The contest is open to individuals or group cook/teams. Anyone under the age of 16 entering individually must have a parent or guardian’s signature.
ENTRY FEE: $5 per team, cash only. Fee waived with pre-registration. Participants are allowed unlimited dishes. The entry fee will be used to help fund future cook-offs, demonstrations, and other interpretive park programs. Participants have until the start of the competition to enter.
PROCEDURE: Entries fall under one of the three categories:
Entrants are responsible for providing all food items and supplies required for preparation of the entry. Entrants are also responsible for cleanup of their immediate area after cooking. Charcoal will not be provided. Participants may set up their own hot water stations if desired.
All individuals and teams participating will be required to display a sign (no larger than 8-1/2” by 11”) that states the name of their dish. If the dish is especially spicy or contains foods that many people are allergic to (such as peanuts) that information should also be included on the sign.
All cooking must be done in a Dutch oven and everything must be cooked on-site (i.e. no pre-cooked items or ingredients may be used). Participants are responsible for keeping refrigerated items cool prior to serving or mixing into the recipe.
For public health reasons, pets will not be allowed in the cooking area during the cook-off. Only those involved in preparing dishes will be allowed in the cooking area. Participants must follow proper sanitary procedures when handling food and cleaning cutting boards, mixing bowls, and any other utensils used during the preparation of the dish. Tasting of dishes (for adjusting of seasonings) should be done only with a disposable spoon.
SCHEDULE: The event schedule will be as follows:
8:00am: Park opens, participants may enter and begin setting up.
12:30pm: Tasting and voting begins
1:00 – 1:30pm: Winners will be announced
4:30pm: Park closes.
AWARDS PROCESS: Awards will be given to the top three dishes in each of the three categories. Award winners will be decided by a panel of three judges. Each category will also have a popular vote winner. Event attendees will have one vote to cast per dish category.
While this is a competition, everyone’s goal should be to have fun and learn some new recipes and techniques!
Contact us using one of the following, to obtain an Entry Form.Entry forms may be submitted one of three ways:
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