For years we cooked with charcoal. Then I got lazy and went gas but since that rusted through, its been all open fire. I prefer the flavor and smell. Always fun to hang with the kids at the pit also.
What's your preferred method?
Ya I lay out a layer of bacon. Diced onions, I like red, others like something a little more mild like Vidalia. The more the better IMO. then potatoes. Red are softer and absorb more flavor, as well as cook faster - important so you don't burn the bacon. Then a layer of onions again, then bacon. No butter or olive oil needed, plenty of lubricant in the bacon and onions lol. I cook on low to medium heat for an hour to an hour and a half. Mmmmmmm bacon :)
Im with you chuckr, I like the open fire as well. Started learning the dutch oven last year. Made my daughters three year birthday cake in it. Turned out amazing.