Backcountry Cookbook Recipe Request

The Backcountry Cookbook was first created years ago to provide Philmont’s backcountry staffs with a resource useful for preparing meals using items provided in a the typical commissary. The first edition had plenty of SPAM recipes. The latest revision of the cookbook was done in 2009.

Now is the time to update the cookbook again. If you have recipes that were used in backcountry camps, please send them in to be added to the newest version of the Backcountry Cookbook. We are looking for recipes for entrees, appetizers, desserts, drink concoctions (non-alcoholic), dips and other edible treats that have graced dining tables in the Philmont backcountry.

To submit your recipes, send them to: or mail to: PSA, 17 Deer Run Road, Cimarron, NM 87714.

The new Backcountry Cookbook will be available for purchase in the Spring of 2016.

Cookbook photo courtesy of Jenn (Pink Polly-Anna).

2009 Backcountry Cookbook

Tired of Spam?

…Well, the backcountry staff is!   The original and now outdated PSA cookbook is overloaded with recipes that include ingredients no longer available at the Commissary (i.e. SPAM!).

We are looking for recipes to include in the new PSA Backcountry Cookbook to be distributed this summer to the backcountry camps.  Wouldn’t you like to share your favorite peach cobbler recipe?  Pork and beans?  Wood burning stove biscuits?

Please send in your favorite recipes for:

  • Soups
  • Starters
  • Salads
  • Main Dishes
  • Side Dishes
  • Desserts
  • Breads and Rolls and
  • Anything else edible and delicious

Please keep in mind that backcountry cooking is rustic. Many camps cook on a wood-burning stove and prefer as little measuring as possible!  With any questions (ex: available ingredients) please contact Randy Saunders at the PSA Office 575-376-1138 or email to:

Submission deadline is March 6, 2009.

Thank you in advance for your contribution, backcountry staff members will be well fed for years to come.

Here is a basic list of ingredients that the Commissary delivers to backcountry camps weekly:


  • Chicken Breast
  • Ground Beef
  • Steaks
  • Pork Chops
  • Ham Steaks
  • Bacon
  • Sausage

Fresh Produce:

  • Tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Bell Peppers
  • Avocados!!
  • Asparagus
  • Garlic
  • Lettuce/Spinach
  • Celery


  • Cheddar
  • Mozzarella
  • Cream Cheese
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Butter

Canned Goods:

  • Assorted Beans
  • Assorted Vegetables
  • Assorted Soups


  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Baking mix
  • Corn-bread mix
  • Oatmeal

Thanks to Meg Graham and Blake Butler, current Phil-staff and PSA members.