Forget the fancy pricey Le Creuset French Oven when selecting a cast iron Dutch Oven.
This 8 1/2 quart Bayou Classic Dutch Oven with basket the one you want for cowboy cooking and camping, and it comes in handy around the house. It’s perfect for whole chickens or slow braising in the oven or in the grill.
You can even sit it on top of coals and shovel more coals on top of the flat lid with a raised rim, and you can cook classic chili, baked beans, cornbread, casseroles, and even cobblers.
It is 13 inches wide x 7 inches high, weighs 21 pounds and includes a perforated aluminum basket for steaming, frying, or boiling. Many other sizes and brands are available and prices vary accordingly.
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