The Most Dangerous Way to Cook SPAM


Dan is an outdoorsman who often writes about healthy living.

Canned foods can be dangerous if cooked wrong. Read on to learn more.

Canned foods can be dangerous if cooked wrong. Read on to learn more.

Cook Time

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10 min

10 min

1 can may be scrounged to feed one hungry person


  • 1 SPAM, 12 oz can

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You can't go wrong with SPAM; it is consistently delicious, lasts for years, and cooks up easily. I bet you never knew that cooking SPAM can be dangerous. Though this article is published under the guise of a recipe, it is more of a cautionary tale than a practical method for preparing this delectable meat.

It all started when I was a 12-year-old Boy Scout on a Troop campout.

Granted, my Troop was a little different than those depicted in Norman Rockwell prints. During the day we donned camouflage and played Capture the Flag with tactics that special operations teams would be proud of. At night, we retreated into our tents and played Dungeons & Dragons or some other role-playing game, often until we were too tired to go on. The thing is, we always had fun and were generally safe.

Then, however—I tried cooking.

Our Scoutmasters didn't cook our meals and our mothers didn't pack our lunches, we were on our own in exploring self-reliance. Usually we cooked as a patrol, but this time we were individually cooking for this camp's duration.

I have never been exceptionally gifted with culinary greatness, most of my cooked meals consisted of cup-of-soups or Spaghetti-Os. Even as an adult, I managed to bake my toaster at 350-degrees inside my oven.

This time though, I was determined to cook one of my favorite things—fried SPAM. I had planned to fry it up over the campfire with the skillet from my mess kit, I should have stuck to my plan.

Who knows what danger lurks inside this can of SPAM?

Who knows what danger lurks inside this can of SPAM?

Where Things Went Wrong

Earlier that day, in between our tactical forays, we were discussing our meals. I was already dreaming of eating a whole can of crisp SPAM. Then someone told me, an older Scout, that I could keep my pan from getting dirty, by cooking the meat while it was still in the can. All I had to do was place it in the fire. Well, at least that was what I heard.

I don't remember whether he told me exactly how to cook the SPAM or not. Most likely it was an adolescent's propensity toward fits of selective attention. As I crawled through the bushes, I knew one thing was certain—when I got back to camp, I was going to lob my can of SPAM into the fire to let it cook.

For those of you familiar with thermodynamics, you probably know where this is going.

The autumn sun was barely over the treeline when we arrived back in camp to start our meal preparation. The fire we started at noon had died down to a hot bed of coals—it was perfect for cooking. The other boys in my patrol of six were cooking everything from foil dinners to ramen noodles.

As everyone was mucking about preparing their supper, I dug my can of SPAM out of my food bag, walked over to the fire, and buried it in the searing coals. Then I walked away to mess about with my gear in the nearby tent, I would check on it in a few minutes.

A few other Scouts had taken up residence around the campfire, both cooking and staring into the mesmerizing spell of dancing flames. It had been a great day, full of play. It was just cool enough to ward off the sweat, though no chill was in the air. After about ten minutes, I started returning to the fire ring, when... Boom!

A typical campout with my Troop back when I was a Scout.  I'm the one peering around to the far left.  Yes, I know I am wearing tiger stripe pants with Nike sneakers - an early fashion faux pas.

A typical campout with my Troop back when I was a Scout. I'm the one peering around to the far left. Yes, I know I am wearing tiger stripe pants with Nike sneakers - an early fashion faux pas.

After the Explosion

The three other Scouts sitting by the fire and I ducked as if under an artillery attack. Did somebody bring fireworks to the campout? Our Scoutmaster was going to be furious.

We looked around, surveying the area and checking ourselves for gaping holes. Then we saw that blue and yellow can. My SPAM had blown up sending its can flying 15-feet out of the fire ring past the heads of those sitting there. Little pieces of SPAM shrapnel dotted the campsite. My technique had gone totally wrong.

The other Scouts glared at me with contempt like I had just tortured a kitten. I picked up the can with the gaping hole blown through its side and stared down at it wondering what I had done wrong. One of the older Scouts asked me, "Did you open up that can before throwing it in the fire?"

I looked back down at the can, then at my supper that was scattered in bits and pieces. About that time, our Scoutmaster emerged from the bushes looking for the culprit that brought firecrackers with them. I turned and showed him my can and he began to laugh.

Everyone had a pretty good laugh at my expense that night and luckily other Scouts shared their supper with me so I wouldn't go hungry. The chuckles about Dan and his SPAM still creep up in conversations twenty years after the incident.

One thing is for certain—no other Scout in the Troop ever threw a sealed can into a fire again.

How not to Cook SPAM!

  1. Build a roaring campfire.
  2. Let the fire burn down to a hot bed of coals.
  3. Insert unopened can of SPAM into bed of hot coals - please see safety considerations.
  4. Find cover and wait for loud bang.
  5. Gather bits of SPAM from fire and surrounding area.
  6. If still hungry, begin begging food from other campers.
A single serving of SPAM is a great treat on a backpacking trip.

A single serving of SPAM is a great treat on a backpacking trip.

A Safer Way to Cook SPAM

After that day, many years ago, I never attempted to cook anything in the can again. However, I've been assured by many people that venting the can will avoid any sort of explosive pressure build up.

Despite nearly killing my camp mates, I still do eat SPAM when I am both indoors or out. Now however, I dump the meat-product out of the container first and then fry it up on a skillet. It only take about 5 minutes on a medium heat to bring a slice of SPAM to a crispy golden brown.

Over the years, the design of the SPAM can has changed too—from rolling back a strip of metal with the attached key, to the current pull tab.

Most recently, single servings of SPAM in foil packages have flooded supermarket shelves. These 3 oz. 250 calorie packages are great for canoeists and backpackers when size and weight is an issue. The nice thing about packing SPAM is that you can eat it cold (if you want to). Adaptable meals are great when you run out of fuel or your stove malfunctions. Luckily, I've never managed to blow up a stove.

For now, it is lunchtime and time for a SPAM sandwich.

The preferred method of cooking SPAM without any loud bangs.

The preferred method of cooking SPAM without any loud bangs.

I Couldn't Resist: The Monty Python SPAM Skit

© 2012 Dan Human


James Wielander on June 07, 2020:

I like it baked in the oven;scored on top,slathered with duck sauce and cooked until golden brown,well charred and the glaze bubbly.Allow to cool about 10 minutes and thin slice for sandwiches or cut a thick slice to make a Spam-burger.The next day,it is even more delicious cold or fried-up with eggs for breakfast...so versatile and delicious !

Edith on July 24, 2019:

You are a fantastic writer. I thoroughly enjoyed your article about spam. Wish I could have been there.

Chil on January 04, 2019:

Many Thanks for your Story, I will tell this to my Scouts.

Sean on May 05, 2017:

Why is the article so long?

AsiaJennifer on April 11, 2017:

Death by Spam

Dennam James on April 08, 2017:

Trick: Punch a hole in the bottom of the can and that side goes facing up in the coals. That way, you still have the tab side intact, to open it with. Flip it over in the fire for a couple of min. to let the liquid drain out and remove the can. Let it sit for 10 min. or pour water over it to cool it down some.

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on August 23, 2016:

Me again! Just wanted to congratulate you, Dan, with this hub being selected for the Delishably niche site. I enjoyed the humorous read back then and I enjoyed re-reading it again today. Still thinking of all that Spam all over the campground.

Dan Human (author) from Niagara Falls, NY on July 02, 2014:

I was hoping that my immersion of a sealed can into a hot fire would serve as a bit of foreshadowing for some of my astute readers Glenn. Though none of us were hot by the sharp pieces of the can, none of us were hit by the SPAM debris miraculously either.

Thanks for commenting Glenn!

Also, thanks for sharing @Kierstin!

Kierstin Gunsberg from Traverse City, Michigan on June 29, 2014:

Ha, nice! Sharing :)

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on June 26, 2014:

Spam shrapnel? I was actually thinking of the "Can shrapnel" itself, and anticipated that as soon as I got to the part where the fellow told you to put the can in the fire. Well, all I can say is that I'm glad to hear that non of the Scouts got hit by sharp pieces.

Dennis Hoyman from Southwestern, Pennsylvania on April 08, 2014:

Hi Dan great job on the Hub! I liked the story and keep up the great work on writing on hubpages! Gardener Den

Dan Human (author) from Niagara Falls, NY on July 03, 2013:

Ha jpcmc! Yep- camping, D&D, SPAM and explosions pretty much sums up my adolescence.

JP Carlos from Quezon CIty, Phlippines on July 02, 2013:

Camping, Dungeons and Dragons, Spam and Explosion...my kind of hub. :)

Dan Human (author) from Niagara Falls, NY on June 14, 2013:

That video is one of favorite Monty Python skits - I just watched it again for about the thousandth time (this year). Isn't it funny that in the history books discussing the repercussions and effects of the second World War that SPAM is never mentioned?

Thanks for the comment ladydeonne!

Deonne Anderson from Florence, SC on June 14, 2013:

A delightful story! When I visited my daughter in Hawaii, I learned that spam was and had been a favorite food there since WWII. Loved your video. It was hilarious.

Dan Human (author) from Niagara Falls, NY on June 14, 2013:

Ahh the candle cooker - it has been a while since I used one of those (the Boy Scouts used them too). If I remember right, it was a poor cooker but one heck of a warmer. I think we used it to keep butte soft during winter camping.

I'm glad you liked it Phantasia Scribe!

Phantasia Scribe on June 13, 2013:

SPAM is a guilty pleasure I don't indulge in often but enjoy when I do. This was a funny story and I am glad it turned out okay in the end. I think the extent of my girl scout cooking was cooking a grilled cheese sandwich on top of an upside down coffee can covering a lit candle.

Dan Human (author) from Niagara Falls, NY on June 07, 2013:

SPAM and eggs, green or not, is a fabulous breakfast on lazy Sunday mornings. Also, SPAM bandaids are the perfect gift for that hard to shop for person in your life. My Dad may be getting a box for Father's Day.

Thanks for the votes and I'm glad you liked it Victoria.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on June 07, 2013:

This is so, so funny! I eat fried Spam occasionally. It's pretty decent with eggs. Hey, I had no idea there were Spam bandaids. Seriously? :-)

Great hub. Many votes, including very, very funny!

MacyOsoria on May 15, 2013:

lol no SPAM in my kitchen. Good article though.

Arizona's Restoration Experts, LLC on May 14, 2013:

Never thought of SPAM as a delicacy. Good article - definitely "food for thought". Have been involved with scouting and will pass this info on. Glad no one was hurt.

Kenneth C Agudo from Tiwi, Philippines on May 14, 2013:

Oh surely it will explode because of the to much heat of fire. It was also dangerous in doing that better be cautious at all times

Dan Human (author) from Niagara Falls, NY on May 07, 2013:

From what I've heard about Hawaii, many things are expensive anyway. I can only imagine that the demand for SPAM would shoot the prices up even more. Here in Western New York, we can pick up a can for around three dollars - so I have a bunch of it for survival and camping.

Thanks for the insight mercuryservices!

Alex Munkachy from Honolulu, Hawaii on May 03, 2013:

Being new to Hawaii, I see spam everywhere! Unfortunately, because it is considered such a delicacy here it is quite expensive, making it not so ideal to have on hand for camping.

bradley brown from Harrow Middlesex on April 27, 2013:

You were very lucky, i got the idea it was going to blow up great read.

Dan Human (author) from Niagara Falls, NY on February 20, 2013:

I'm sure your wife was just as thrilled as mine was after presenting her with a crispy toaster. My own incident too, happened in the midst of a preheating cycle. Remember to remove the toaster during the pre-preheat phase.

Thanks for stopping by markmic36!

Mick Smith from Warwick, RI on February 19, 2013:

Ha ha funny I actually cooked my toaster in the oven also. Well I shouldn't say mine it was my wifes. Right after I moved in with her, yup I turned the oven on to preheat, to cook something, forgot the toaster was in there and destroyed it. Yeah ten years later its still a joke in my house, and I have yet to live it down.

aykianink on February 18, 2013:

"You'll be surprised what Scouts can find that will explode, even when it is accidental." Hahaha. Now I want to read an entire hub on this.

Dan Human (author) from Niagara Falls, NY on February 18, 2013:

You'll be surprised what Scouts can find that will explode, even when it is accidental. Good luck and keep your head down if you go camping with them Bugg Adventures!

Bugg Adventures from Arizona on February 18, 2013:

Cute story. " Now I know and knowing is half the battle" Definitely will help when my son starts Scouts. lol. Thanks.

Dan Human (author) from Niagara Falls, NY on February 18, 2013:

Ha! I stopped buying those decorative burner plates after I scorched through two sets. You think they would add a light to the stove when the burner is on. Not just a little light either, a big flashing strobe.

I can't say I've ever accidentally burned a dish towel, and I prefer to remain commentless on the exploding spray paint can. But if that did happen, it would have happened at summer camp.

Thanks ever so much for the share and the chuckle at some of your dangerous culinary follies Sharkye11!

Jayme Kinsey from Oklahoma on February 17, 2013:

Fun hub! I love SPAM. I love fire too. I am glad I have never though to mix the two, since I have very bad luck. I've never managed to bake a whole toaster oven, but I have blown up plenty of those decorative burner plates, pans and glass cookware. I recently baked a pancake griddle and spatula while pre-heating.

I have also melted a cutting board on a burner, blown up spray paint cans (accidentally!) while burning trash, and caught a dishtowel on fire. So I can totally relate the hilarity and danger of this hub! Voting and sharing!

Dan Human (author) from Niagara Falls, NY on February 16, 2013:

Though this happened many years ago, I'm lucky to have escaped unscathed from all further canned meat cooking adventures. Thanks for reading Anna!

Anna from Malaysia on February 16, 2013:

A great story and a lucky escape from eating the spam:)

Dan Human (author) from Niagara Falls, NY on February 10, 2013:

Glad I was able to tickle your funny bone torrilynn! Thanks for reading and good eating to you!

torrilynn on February 10, 2013:

Very interesting hub and very funny. I enjoyed reading and I do enjoy Spam on occasion. Thanks. Voted up.

Dan Human (author) from Niagara Falls, NY on November 16, 2012:

I am one of those people, that stops to have fast food before going out to one of the fancy places so I hear ya' aykianink. Thanks for stopping by!

aykianink on November 16, 2012:

Spam shrapnel:-)

I've eaten expensive meals and thought..."Man, spam and rice would be really nice right about now..."

Dan Human (author) from Niagara Falls, NY on September 24, 2012:

You are quite welcome and I thank you for the compliment greeneryday!

greeneryday from Some tropical country on September 24, 2012:

Dangerously real life funny story, for those who are going out for camping, this cooking unopened spam is something that should on top of the list. Thanks for sharing this real life experience with us...

Dan Human (author) from Niagara Falls, NY on August 30, 2012:

Well I don't know about "informative" but it's alright. You are quite welcome however, and thanks for reading idigwebsites.

idigwebsites from United States on August 30, 2012:

Good Informative hub. I never knew before that Spam could be dangerous. Thank you very much for the information.

Dan Human (author) from Niagara Falls, NY on August 28, 2012:

I hear the Monty Python Spam song every time I pass the canned meat section in the supermarket. Sometimes I even hum it as I stroll by and reach over for a can or two.

Thanks Christopher!

Christopher Price from Vermont, USA on August 27, 2012:

Great story. The Monty Python skit was the topper...and that's saying a lot 'cause it's hard to top SPAM!


Dan Human (author) from Niagara Falls, NY on August 18, 2012:

The few Hawaiians I know love a well-prepared SPAM. I can bet that there is a secret doomsday storage facility somewhere on the Islands.

From what I remember of SPAM lore, yes WWII did have a lot to do with GIs spreading canned meat all over the Pacific.

Thanks for reading and commenting benisan!

Ka'imi'loa from Tucson, AZ. on August 17, 2012:

Yes, us Kanaka Maoli (Hawaiians), love this stuff. We have the "Fort Knox" of SPAM surplus on the islands. So much in fact, it's a side at McDonalds in Hawai'i. If I am not mistaken, I believe WWII had a lot to do with the locals indoctrinating it jnto our diets. Go figure, but if prepared correctly - Ho! Wop Yo Jaw, Ono (delicious).

Dan Human (author) from Niagara Falls, NY on August 16, 2012:

Hmmm .... canned sardines - those wouldn't go over very well with most of our scouts. Ramen noodles however, that is a Scouting staple.

I have cooked eggs on top of the coals (and also in orange peels) but never underneath the coals.

Thanks for sharing your experience and I appreciate you reading travel man!

Ireno Alcala from Bicol, Philippines on August 16, 2012:

Lol! Can't help but laugh with your experience. During my scouting days in elementary grades, I can only cook Ramen noodles and canned sardines in tomato sauce.

The let the sodium benzoate (preservative) content evaporate, our scout master instructed us to open the can of sardines and let its bottom part heat up on the burning coal.

Have you tried cooking eggs underneath the hot ashes of burning coal. It sure is an exciting way to count how many eggs will burst with popping sound (lol!).

Dan Human (author) from Niagara Falls, NY on July 11, 2012:

That sounds like one of those moments when you wish nobody else was in the lunchroom and you just sulk away as if it never happened - just blame the new guy.

I won't let you know what the inside of my microwave looks like.

Thanks for the story and for commenting MizBejabbers!

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on July 11, 2012:

Hilarious, and I can certainly believe it. Another caution: You know those bags of veggies that are supposed to steam in the bag in the microwave? The ones that say not to puncture the bag? Don't believe it! I blew up a bag of green peas in the microwave at work. Thank goodness it was only a single serve. I held up the chow line to the microwave long enough cleaning all those peas up.

Dan Human (author) from Niagara Falls, NY on July 11, 2012:

I never heard that one - some pigs are missing - makes sense though. I had a similar experience years ago baking potatoes in tin foil inside the campfire. After a while I figured they were done then realized how difficult it was going to be actually getting it out of the hot coals. I ended up making a pair of tongs out of a branch.

It is the way of things though to be prepared after the fact and when the situation is not likely to repeat itself. The next time you have baked beans you'll be all set though.

Thanks for stopping by Rust!

rust from East Texas Woods on July 10, 2012:

I always thought SPAM stood for "Some Pigs Are Missing." It's good stuff when you're camping. Once cooked a big can of beans in the can over an open fire and it worked but was hard to handle because the can got HOT. A small pair of pliers from the dollar store joined the camping supplies list after that - but of course we haven't brought along canned beans since then for whatever reason.

JS Matthew from Massachusetts, USA on July 07, 2012:

So many fun weekend outings...fond memories...I really enjoyed this refreshing Hub!


Dan Human (author) from Niagara Falls, NY on July 07, 2012:

Capture the Flag and wearing camo is one of the things that made Scouting fun. There is nothing like executing a midnight raid on a neighboring troop to retrieve their flags.

I'm glad my Hub rekindled your Scouting memories.

Thanks for reading and sharing JS Matthew!

JS Matthew from Massachusetts, USA on July 07, 2012:

This brought back some memories from my scouting days! Although I have cooked canned foods in the coals, I Did know to vent the can before adding to the fire! We did the same activities-capture the flag, manhunt, etc. and we always wore camouflage! Boy I miss those days! Thanks for the nostalgia! I enjoyed reading this and it is very helpful to those who may be cooking outside this summer over an open fire. Voted up and shared!


Dan Human (author) from Niagara Falls, NY on July 04, 2012:

You are right there Jean, there are some foods that simply excel only while you are camping. And it can't be just in the backyard either, it must be in the fresh air of a true camp.

I think for many people that SPAM is one of those camping foods. Granted for me, I eat SPAM all year around.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment Jean!

Jean Rogers on July 04, 2012:

There is something special about eating SPAM while camping. I would never eat it at home, but I crave it while camping!

Dan Human (author) from Niagara Falls, NY on June 28, 2012:

Though I know you aren't supposed to play with your food, you can't beat carvable meat product. If anyone ever asked what kind of animal it was, you could always say it was a wild SPAM. Sounds like good times!

Thanks for stopping by paxwill!

Dan Human (author) from Niagara Falls, NY on June 28, 2012:

I softly sing the SPAM song every time I walk down the aisle in the supermarket where SPAM is sold. I'm pretty sure my family too is tired of my Pythonesque humor.

Thanks for reading and commenting Jennifer!

Jennifer Stone from the Riverbank, England on June 28, 2012:

Thanks to cclitgirl for sharing, I needed a good laugh! :-) In all seriousness though, I will now be driving my family mad with spam jokes and quotes from Monty Python all evening... excellent! :-D Voted up and stuff, Jen

Dan Human (author) from Niagara Falls, NY on June 28, 2012:

Yeah after baking my toaster, I remembered to always check inside the oven before preheating it. The cord and plastic parts were a little ... squishy.

SPAM is one of the great contradictions of my life: I refuse to use power equipment to mow my lawn, eat fresh veggies from the farmer's market, yet love my meat out of a can.

Thanks CC for reading and sharing!

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on June 28, 2012:

Adolescent propensity toward fits of selective attention...hehe, I was definitely guilty of that! And...um...how do you cook a toaster in the oven? Did it melt? I also admit I've always been afraid of SPAM - I'm not much of a meat eater. My hubby used to it eat more, before I took over the role of cooking - his meat and potatoes all the time drove me crazy. Haha. I haven't exploded food in a can, but I've done plenty to contribute to the collective knowledge of what not to do outdoors. Fantastic hub. Voted up and shared. :)

Dan Human (author) from Niagara Falls, NY on June 26, 2012:

Though as any Scouter will tell you, an occasional bang is no stranger at a Scout campout. Generally, it is the banging of pots, the smashing of sticks, and the occasional smuggled firecracker. This however, was quite the surprise indeed.

Thanks CF!

Dan Human (author) from Niagara Falls, NY on June 26, 2012:

Though you won't find SPAM at a backpacking store, I've always had great luck with it. Plus, it is pretty inexpensive.

Thanks Brenda!

Dan Human (author) from Niagara Falls, NY on June 26, 2012:

I hope anyone that plans on taking a cooking shortcut will heed my humorous, yet potentially dangerous, tale of SPAM woe. Thanks for reading Modern Lady!

Liam Hallam from Nottingham UK on June 26, 2012:

That bang must have been one hell of a shock! Great hub CF

brenda12lynette from Utah on June 26, 2012:

That is a great story Dan! I haven't had SPAM in so long I forgot about it, and never thought to bring it backpacking.

Modern Lady from Chicago, IL on June 26, 2012:

This is a very funny story, and I'm glad no one got hurt. It someone had, it wouldn't be so great. I hope campers take your advice to heart!

Dan Human (author) from Niagara Falls, NY on June 26, 2012:

As you can see, leaving the SPAM in the can is a rather explosive situation. Pan sear it, the next time you go camping - it is deee-licious.

Thanks Teresa!

Dan Human (author) from Niagara Falls, NY on June 26, 2012:

I'll admit, I have a few cans of SPAM in my bugout emergency kit. Yes, meteors may be falling from the sky, but I have canned meat.

Many people of the Pacific Islands love SPAM - it has become a part of their culture. If I remember the story right, it was introduced by GIs after WWII.

Thanks for reading moonlake!

Dan Human (author) from Niagara Falls, NY on June 26, 2012:

@bankscottage Like I say, the great thing about this story, is that nobody else from my Troop ever blew up another can of food.

Well my math was a little off, I was an anthropology and English major - this would have taken place 23-24 years ago. It's strange to think of that much time passing. It seems like just yesterday I was camping with the boys.

Though SPAM was referred to as Special Army Meat, it is a portmanteau of Spiced Ham.

Thanks for the comment Mark!

Dan Human (author) from Niagara Falls, NY on June 26, 2012:

SPAM sushi - ummm, yeah I like SPAM - but that sounds just a little too strange. You have to think, of all the ways to meet you demise - being struck by exploding SPAM would be just about the strangest.

Maybe, a campfire roasted piece of this wonderful meat is just the thing to get you to love SPAM.

Thanks for reading Arlene!

Dan Human (author) from Niagara Falls, NY on June 26, 2012:

Fell off your chair? Oh man, reading about SPAM can be dangerous too. Yeah, I figured this one will follow me around for years so I might as well put out my version of the story. Yes, there are several version...

Thanks for stopping by RTalloni!

Dan Human (author) from Niagara Falls, NY on June 26, 2012:

Just don't put the foil packets in the microwave ktrapp!

Dan Human (author) from Niagara Falls, NY on June 26, 2012:

I have heard stories of how Hawaiians love their SPAM and of the myriad ways that it is prepared. I think I would be home there on the Islands.

Thanks for commenting and sharing brittanytodd

Dan Human (author) from Niagara Falls, NY on June 26, 2012:

@ Ktrapp it would have been a very different story had someone been hurt, luckily nobody was and the story has continued on in Scout humor.

I figured that everyone could use a chuckle.

And yes, every so often a Scouting pal throws in a SPAM joke in an email - I enjoy it though.

Thanks for reading!

Teresa Coppens from Ontario, Canada on June 26, 2012:

Awesome story. Use to eat SPAM a lot as a kid but never cooked in the can. Glad no one ever tried it on any of our camping trips.

moonlake from America on June 26, 2012:

I have tried to eat spam but I just can't. I heard Hawaiians have a love affair with Spam. Why I don't know. I think I saw it on one of the food shows. If it was the last thing in my pantry I would eat it. I think everyone should have it in their basement in case of an atomic bomb attack it will last forever. Voted Up on your hub. Glad no one was hurt.

Mark Shulkosky from Pennsylvania on June 26, 2012:

Great story Dan. I can see how a 12 year old scout would want a fast easy meal that they didn't have to clean up and miss the part about opening the can. Luckily, nobody was hurt.

I think SPAM was the precursor to MREs. What does SPAM stand for?

I'm working on the math here. 12 when it happened, talking about it 20 years, that makes you 32. The profile picture with the hat on makes it hard to guess your age, but with all of your experiences I would have guessed you were a few years older ;-)

kmnfive from California on June 26, 2012:

hmmmm interesting

Arlene V. Poma on June 25, 2012:

I HATE SPAM, and I am grateful that someone never tried to fix it YOUR way when I went camping. I mean, I didn't go on my first camping trip until I was 40, so there was plenty of time for someone to kill me off some other way than exploding a can of SPAM. Unfortunately, the rest of my family uses SPAM for sushi recipes. Ick!!! So maybe I'd be better off dodging exploding SPAM around the campfire???

RTalloni on June 25, 2012:

Oh me, where to begin. Yep, that one's gonna follow you a long time. You'll have to outlive all the other scouts and then some. Spam shrapnel--I almost fell off my balance chair! Danger inside a can of Spam--who'd a thunk it?

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on June 25, 2012:

Hey Brittany ... I'm still laughing to myself about this story- funny stuff. If I were one of Dan's old Scout buddies I would be sending him the single serve bags as a joke. I doubt those explode.

Brittany Kennedy from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on June 25, 2012:

Hahaha! Totally, ktrapp!

Brittany Kennedy from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on June 25, 2012:

This is so funny! Coming from Hawaii, I eat spam a lot and have definitely done the same exact thing on a camping trip! The way you told the story was hilarious and then giving the proper way to cook spam at the end was a nice touch. Thank you! Tweeted and shared on HP.

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on June 25, 2012:

This is absolutely hilarious - Dan and his can of SPAM. You seriously could have killed someone or wounded them horribly, yet I'm still laughing. I think these days exploding SPAM cans and SPAM shrapnel would get you kicked out of Scouts for good. Funny story about a funny food. I'm sharing this one for sure because everyone needs a good laugh and I guess to know how to fry SPAM.

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