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Campfire Beer Battered Fish

We use our Paul Bunyan sized 21" cast iron skillet oyster pan to deep fry fish while camping. The pan also fits on a large Weber grill perfectly for cooking for large gatherings like office parties and family get-togethers. The secret to this procedure is the can of Crisco shortening that is melting. When it melts completely the oil is at a perfect temperature every time.

2 packages pancake mix, add water only type
beer
fish fillets
3 pound can of Crisco vegetable shortening

Make a multiple batch of pancake batter to the same consistency as for making pancake batter, using beer instead of water as per the package instructions but by adding the beer gradually until the batter is the same consistency used for making pancakes. Season if desired. Stir the lumps out of the batter. Place 21" skillet on fire, grate or grill when coals are ready andlevel frying pan. Allow pan to heat for a few minutes. Open can of Crisco. With a church key style can opener punch several holes on the rim side of the opposite end. {This prevents an explosion and makes it easier to remove the can later. } Heat shortening until entire amount is liquid. Leave in can as long as possible as it is easier to handle. Remove can with utensil or stick by inserting into holes. The oil is perfectly ready for frying. Dip fish in batter and place in pan not touching each other. Cook about 5 minutes on each side. You can tell the side is done by the bubbling of the batter.} Drain on paper towels and serve. This batter is excellent for any deep fried fish .

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