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« on: April 29, 2005, 09:01:00 PM »
The recipie forum doesn't get a lot of use so I thought I'd stir the pot a little bit.  I love cooking while camping and enjoy it more when there is a four star appetizer upon arrival to the destination.

Rosemary-garlic Pork tenderloin a-la petrol engine:

For the real adventurer...

Marinate a pork tenderloin with fresh rosemary, garlic, pepper, onion powder and a tablespoon of olive oil.  Refreigerate for at least 6 hours.
Quadruple wrap pork tenderloin in heavy duty aluminum foil.

3 hours prior to reaching your destination:  Place aluminum foil packet on intake manifold of your tow vehicle.  (I use a 1973 SIII Land-Rover.  2.25Liter petrol engine that puts out about 70HP when running well)

1.5 hours before reaching your destination, rotate package. Use insulated gloves.  (I usually stop in in N.C traffic just before I-40)

Upon arrival to the campsite, remove package and thin-slicee pork tenderloin.  Serve to intriguied onlookers.

I've done this 5 times in the past year with excellent results.  How does it work?  At least with the carburated 2.25 gasoline engine, the exhaust temperature reaches maximum 300°F at speed.  The food is slow cooked in its own juices.

Disclaimer: I wouldn't recommend performing this with fancy EFI engines.  Some engines do not have a decent area to place a foil packet which would increase the risk of losing your meal on the highway or trail.  Juices may drip out onto the exhaust manifold and you'll have the best smelling vehicle on the road.  I suspect a Buic V6 or GM inline 6 could produce simlar results.  Always keep a fire extinguisher close at hand.  You do have one in your tow vehicle don't you?.

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« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2005, 09:38:45 PM »
Ya know you're a red neck when... Know seriously this is so funny! But has this been tried in bear country? You could end up with a convertable for the trip home.
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« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2005, 10:13:07 PM »
Thanks for the recipe Jude.
A friend of mine has a muffler pot on her snowmobile and is always looking for new recipes.


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« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2005, 01:56:54 PM »
being in the trucking world for most of my adult life and working career, I have warmed many baby bottles,on the manifold of just about every tractor I ever  owned, Cummins runs about 180, older Cats 210-220,water temps not exhaust manifold  , just right for coupla mins of warming .   Wheels had to turn to make payments ,my kids traveled alot when they were little. :)
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« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2005, 04:04:18 PM »
Many years ago traveling across Europe with only a tent and a rental car called an Opal, we would put a can of beans or a can of ravioli or a can of soup on the manifold and when we stopped we could have Hot food to eat instead of only cold cheese and bread.

Your food on the engine story brings back many fun memories of travels when I was young and very poor.


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« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2005, 04:52:07 PM »
As opposed to today, where you're very old and very rich?? :wink:

Actually, you must be up there if you drove an Opal.
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« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2005, 04:57:11 PM »
Quote from: "araden"
As opposed to today, where you're very old and very rich?? :wink:

Actually, you must be up there if you drove an Opal.


Well older and less poor, but no where close to rich!

The little two door Opal Corsa cost us $100 a week with unlimited miles.

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« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2007, 10:50:42 PM »
Heard of this but never really tried it!  Maybe next trip. :)
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« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2007, 03:07:58 AM »
Could you please help me with the conversion for a HEMI Jeep Commander?  LOL  Tom
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Re: Engine manifold cooking
« Reply #10 on: June 18, 2010, 08:25:16 AM »
I had done this back in the early 80s ,I had a ford escort efi and made a carrier to hold the food and put it above the exaust manifold ,this is all a guess for how it would work so I had a back up plan of a secound dinner. I cooked cod with butter and garlic. I was guessing it may take about 45 min and that was about the distance I was going. I was going on a sailing date and the person I was with had no idea what was under the hood ,about 10-15 min from are destination you could start smelling the garlic butter smell comming in the vents ,it smelled very good ,and she asked what is that smell? I didn't want to blow it so I played it off . Then we got there and I popped the hood ,and she didn't know what to think,some people walking by found it interesting ,but couldn't get anyone to try it. It tasted as good as it smelled.

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Re: Engine manifold cooking
« Reply #11 on: July 19, 2010, 08:37:56 PM »
"Back in the day", when we were working checkpoints for road rallys, we would wrap ham in aluminum foil and wire it to the intake manifold of the AMC Hornet.  After about six hours of driving and idling, the aroma of ham would be wafting through the air, and we knew we were ready for hot ham sandwiches.

Back in the 60's or 70's there was a recipe book for cooking on your engine entitled "Manifold Destiny"  It has been out of print for many years, but my brother found a copy and gave it to me for Christmas a couple years ago, as a reminder of that bygone era. 
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« Reply #12 on: July 19, 2010, 09:03:48 PM »
I have one on order from eBay.
I hope to use it soon.
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Re: Engine manifold cooking
« Reply #13 on: June 28, 2011, 06:59:41 AM »
Another good item for manifold cooking is ham n cheese sandwiches, I always take a few of these when I take my son fourwheeling. After about 45 minutes on the intake of the bronco the cheese is nice and gooey, and the bread just slightly crispy. Mmmmmmmmmm

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Re: Engine manifold cooking
« Reply #14 on: June 28, 2011, 07:44:09 AM »
On a construction job I was on, one of the guys put a can of soup on the manifold of a large generator without putting a hole in the can. I don't remember how long it took but all of a sudden we all heard a load (((BOOM)))  and there was soup all over that generator. that can of soup had exploded and scared the you know what out of us. We got quite a laugh out of that. :D :D
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