Find ideas for a camping charcuterie board that's perfect for snacking or as an appetizer on your next outdoor adventure.
It's no secret that here at Champagne Tastes, we love campground cooking.
There's just something special about cooking delicious food over a campfire and then sharing that meal with friends.
Sometimes, however, it's nice to have a quick and easy, no-cook camping food option. This camping charcuterie board is perfect as a grazing board while the main course cooks, or as a light (and portable!) camping meal.
Camping Charcuterie Board Essentials
The nice thing about charcuterie boards is that they're so versatile! Don't like something? Skip it or swap it. No biggie.
Here are our grazing board staples.
If I'm making a grazing board while we're camping, I prefer to use meats that are shelf-stable to help minimize how many items need to be kept cold. Once the packaging has been opened, these meat options typically need refrigeration, so I try to only open what we'll use.
Great options for shelf-stable meats include summer sausage, some smoked fish (the type you buy in the canned food section), and jerky.
Our favorites include Trader Joe's turkey summer sausage and Epic smoked salmon.
Of course, if you don't eat meat, skip it! You might enjoy adding some vegan jerky instead.
The typical advice for charcuterie cheese is to serve at least one hard cheese and one soft cheese. I say, serve what you like.
Pick one or two cheeses that you enjoy and use those.
Keep in mind that hard cheeses will do better in the heat than soft cheeses, so keep your cooler situation and the weather in mind when selecting cheeses.
This marinated feta would be a perfect addition.
Olives (Or Something Briny)
We love the briny brightness that olives add to a charcuterie board. We especially love marinated olives.
Don't love olives? Or want even more briny options?
You could also add stuffed pickled peppers or gherkins.
Nuts (Or Trail Mix)
Use whatever nuts you prefer (or already have on hand!).
Trail mix is perfect for a camping charcuterie board, because you probably have some amongst your hiking snacks anyway.
The options for crackers are nearly endless, so choose ones you like! We've found that Trader Joe's has a nice selection, including gluten-free crackers.
If you prefer something saltier, small hard pretzels could be a nice addition to crackers.
Jam or Honey
Don't forget a little something sweet to pair with the meat and cheese! Our favorite is honey, because it's shelf-stable, but jam also works nicely.
We especially love this Mike's extra-hot honey.
Camping Charcuterie Board Extras
Want to add a few extras to your board? Here are some of our favorite options.
Dips (Like Hummus)
We like to include some type of dip on our camping charcuterie board.
Hummus is usually a crowd-pleaser, but if you have a dip you prefer, use it instead! Dips usually need to be stored cold, so store it in a cooler until you're assembling the board.
Fruit can add a light, fresh and flavorful pop to your grazing board.
Try to stick to fruits that are easy to eat without much prep work and that aren't extremely delicate. We love using grapes or mandarin oranges.
Desserts or Popcorn
Want to add a little something extra to your board? Cookies or chocolates are easy ways to add sweetness.
Want to fill up some extra space on the platter you're using? Try adding popcorn!
What Serving Dishes Will I Need For a Camping Charcuterie Board?
The good news is, you can make this as fancy or basic as you want.
For a full camping charcuterie board, we used this Hydro Flask cut and serve platter.
Another option is to simply pack all the ingredients separately and use your regular camping plates to serve.
Will I Need a Cooler To Make A Camping Charcuterie Board?
Probably, yes. We store our cheeses and dips in this Igloo BMX cooler.
If you're packing everything up to eat on a hike, we've used this picnic backpack (that includes an insulated section) and it worked really well!
Camping Charcuterie Board
- camp serving platter optional, use plates instead if needed
- sliced meat, such as summer sausage or salami I like summer sausage because it’s typically shelf-stable until opened
- 2 cheese wedges, cut into thin slices or small cubes See note "What kind of cheese?"
- olives or gherkins (small pickles)
- nuts or trail mix
- crackers or flat bread cut into small wedges
- honey or jam
More Charcuterie Ideas:
- hummus or another dip
- stuffed sweet peppers
- grapes, mandarin oranges or other small fruit
- sweets, such as small cookies or chocolates
- Place nuts, olives, honey, or any other ingredient with liquid in small containers, such as small bowls, camp mugs or small glass jars. Add utensils as needed.
- Arrange ingredients on a platter or plate.