Cooking biscuits the old fashioned way seems to be getting harder in the digital age, but Wyoming’s “real deal cowboy” Ron is here to show you how it’s done.
Ron’s always cooking and baking outdoors, teaching passersby how to bake over an open fire, out in front of Buffalo Bill Historical Center. But just in case you can’t make it to the Equality State him live, this cooking cowboy also shows off his skills on YouTube via Buffalo Bill Center of the West, where’s he’s teaching the world how to make authentic Dutch Oven Biscuits.
Ron kicks things off by putting four cups of flour and two teaspoons of baking power into a bowl and mixing all the ingredients together. He then adds the shortening at a 4:1 ratio with the flour.
With a pastry cutter, Ron mashes and mixes the mixture together and adding around one cup to one cup and a half of milk (or water) to the dough. He then combines all the ingredients together with a wooden spoon.
The dough is then ready to knead, so (after washing his hands, of course) he adds just enough flour to stop the mixture from sticking to his hands and the bowl.
Then, the real cowboy cooking starts. Watch as Ron covers over the mixture and cuts some wood to bake the biscuits on an open fire using coals.
After preparing the fire, the cooking cowboy greases his Dutch oven with shortening and pulls balls from the dough that are around half an inch thick before placing them around the oven in a circle. After placing the lid on, he then puts the biscuits on the coals, adding few to the top of the Dutch oven.
Ron then bakes his delicious treats for 30 minutes — no peeking — while rotating the pan every 10 minutes.
Then, of course the very best part start lickin’ your fingers, because you’re ready now to eat some authentic cowboy-style biscuits.