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What came first… the chicken or the camp oven?

What Came First? The Chicken or the Camp Oven?

The answer really doesn’t matter, but without both, you would not be able to cook up the simple, yet tasty, apricot chicken that Ryan from the Cast Iron Boys has served up at Upton’s Camping and Disposals Store at Browns Plains over the last few months.

But the story doesn’t start there though. It all started a couple of years ago when Mick and Nick decided they’d have a bit of fun filming some cooking videos using a cast iron camp oven. At the time, they never thought it would turn into an internet sensation! Mick approached Ryan at the end of 2012 to come on board to lend a hand. There were ever-increasing demands placed on the boys so they could use more help!

Ryan, armed with the primeval instinct of the need to eat and a repertoire of culinary delights that he’d sampled around the world during a 12-year career in the navy, never left. Ben O’Reilly, the Proprietor at Upton’s, contacted the Cast Iron Boys in early 2013 about doing cooking demonstrations (read catering) for an upcoming customer appreciation day.

Challenge Accepted

The boys accepted the challenge and set to work on preparing how they would feed the fans. As the event would be held on a Sunday, traditional beef, pork and lamb roasts all got a look in. You’d be crazy to think that the Cast Iron Boys signature Sticky Cola BBQ ribs weren’t on the menu as well.
This was all well and good, but what about those chicken only people. Well, conveniently enough Ryan had an ace up his sleeve. It was a super easy dish from his childhood which tasted great! It could be changed by increasing the basic ingredients, from a dinner for two to a feast for 200. Make sure you have enough camp ovens!

Upton’s invited Mick, Nick and Ryan back on the last Sunday of each month, following the success of the first customer appreciation day. This as a great sign of where the camp oven cooking scene is heading. Like all good things, businesses can only survive if they adapt to change, and to this end, Ben and his staff recently ran a competition to rename the customer appreciation day with the winning entry being UHAD or Upton’s Honorary Allegiance Day.

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