Skillethead Interview with Cast Iron Steve

As I recently announced, I’m currently working on a book called Skilletheads (Red Lightning Books, 2022), which will be the follow-up to Modern Cast Iron. This new book will dive deep into the world of collecting and restoring cast iron, and for that information I’m interviewing various cast iron pros, like foodie Cast Iron Steve.

In the video below, Steve shares why he loves cooking with cast iron, how he cooks with it indoors as well as outdoors, and how he seasons his pans and Dutch ovens. You’ll also hear him describe The Mountain Man Breakfast, which he makes every time he goes camping. For your convenience, I’ve included a printable version of that recipe below with an adaptation for home cooking.

For more cooking inspiration, be sure to connect with Cast Iron Steve through his YouTube Channel, Instagram, or Facebook. And be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you don’t miss any of these Skillethead interviews!

Mountain Man Breakfast (By Cast Iron Steve)

Adaptation of Cast Iron Steve's Mountain Man Breakfast, which he makes every time he goes camping.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American, Camping, Outdoor, Southern
Keyword: Budget Friendly, Comfort Food, Hearty, Southern Food
Servings: 4


  • Large Dutch Oven


  • Sausage or bacon strips
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • Garlic, diced
  • Potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 4-5 Eggs
  • ¾ cup Cheddar cheese or whatever cheese you prefer
  • Tortillas optional


  • Heat a Dutch oven over coals.
  • Add sausage or bacon and cook a couple minutes.
  • Add diced onion, garlic, and potatoes. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Place the lid on the Dutch oven until the potatoes are cook thoroughly (at least 30 minutes).
  • Crack a few eggs on top of the potatoes. Add cheese on top and let it cook, uncovered, until done.
  • Enjoy this hearty breakfast by the forkful or serve it on tortillas.


Although Steve makes this breakfast over hot coals at a campsite, you can easily make it at home. Start by heating your Dutch oven on the stove over love-medium heat. Cook your sausage, then add your potatoes. Transfer the pot to the oven and bake at 350-400 degrees F until tender (about 45 minutes). Then add the eggs and cheese on top and return it to the oven until the eggs are cooked to the desired consistency.

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Author: Ashley L Jones

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2 thoughts

  1. bUZZY WAX. Never heard of it before. I will have to find some of that. Really enjoyed this interview. I have one question. Can and how would a person do a deep seasoning on a charcoal grill?

    1. Charley, thanks for stopping by! You can find Buzzy Waxx at They have several different kinds. Very neat. As for the deep seasoning on the charcoal grill, I was wondering the same thing. I know you can season on a charcoal grill, but I imagine the temperature would fluctuate a bit more. I would suggest using a thermometer (maybe one of the laser thermometers) to make sure the temp stays within a desired range. If you try it, let me know how it works out for you! 🙂

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