my 1st Q'd meatloaf

Discussion in 'Beef' started by teacup13, Apr 29, 2007.

  1. teacup13

    teacup13 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    this is my first attempt at a meatloaf on my smoker... [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    the missus says that all meatloafs are banned in our house unless they come from my smoker....

    she already has plans for the leftovers in a nice sammie

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  2. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    Looks good teacup. We love smoked meatloaf. I do mine in a loaf pan so it fits neatly on bread but most people like them rounded. I am completelt out of meatloaf - gotta make a few more.
  3. wvsmokeman

    wvsmokeman Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    That is a mighty delicious looking meatloaf. From looking at the pics I never would have guessed it was your first!
  4. meowey

    meowey Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Drool! I did one last weekend and had sammies for lunch all week!

    Take care, have fun, and do good!


  5. linescum

    linescum Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    sure looks good teacup. i hope the ones i'm doing today turn out as nice
  6. peculiarmike

    peculiarmike Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Mighty fine looking for the first one! Yep, there's no going back. You are hooked now. [​IMG][​IMG]
  7. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Dang Jeff, that looks good, knew i shoulda came last nite, guess i'm coming for lunch, i hope you'll have the nascar race on[​IMG]
  8. hillbillysmoker

    hillbillysmoker Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Great looking meatloaf. Glad to hear of your adventures and appreciate your sharing the pics.
  9. teacup13

    teacup13 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    just logged on now.. the race is on, theres some meatloaf & fattie for leftovers...

    when the race is over we are moving a 57" big screen tv...still coming over??[​IMG]
  10. mysticalman

    mysticalman Fire Starter

    I was wondering does all of your meatloafs turn out very tender? I like my meatloafs a bit firmer any suggestions? When I made my meatloaf I used a full cup of bread crumbs..

  11. squeezy

    squeezy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice ring on that ... great thing about the meatloaf is how easy they are and fairly quick to smoke ....[​IMG]
  12. squeezy

    squeezy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    It would help if I knew your recipe, however I will say that if you are looking for a firmer meatloaf, you need to minimize the liquid ingredients not the eggs though. Also would cut back a bit on the bread crumbs. One of the reasons that smoked meatloaf is more tender is due to the lower cooking temps, so I think if you turn the heat up to 250º to 275º and still take it out when internal is 160º it should be more to your likeing ...

    Let me know how you make out?
  13. mysticalman

    mysticalman Fire Starter

    Just to let you know I used meowey's recipe. I think next time I will use 2 egg's cut the bread crumbs to 1/2 cup and cut the water in half.

    When i smoked meatloaf last time I cooked them at 300 and took them off when they hit 160 - 165 there was a bit of varied temps since i did up 5 of them at once.
  14. funk

    funk Smoke Blower

    Being a newbie, how long does it take to smoke? I am not a big meatloaf fan, but that looks great. I would like to try it this weekend.
  15. squeezy

    squeezy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  16. squeezy

    squeezy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'd leave the water out, I don't think it is needed. My opinion
  17. teacup13

    teacup13 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    i dont use water either...

    my recipe is simple... i never measure the amounts because the ground beef will tell you if it needs more moisture or needs more crumbs

    3 lbs ground beef
    seasoned breadcrumbs
    1 medium onion
    5 cloves garlic
    italian seasoning
    black pepper
    1 egg

    i mix everything together until it is just mixed up... the secret to not making tough meat loaf or meatballs is not to overmix it....if it needs more moisture you can add whatever you want, if its too wet at a little bit more breadcrumbs

    i never keep track of the time exactly, the thermometer tells me when it is done not how long its been in the smoker or oven
  18. squeezy

    squeezy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    1 egg seems a bit shy for 3 lbs to me, as most recipes call for at least one for 1 lb of meat. The remaining recipe looks great to me ... can never have too much garlic [​IMG]
  19. teacup13

    teacup13 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    well i had posted a longer message but my internet took a crap when i hit submit

    so here is basically what i said...

    to get a moist, rich tender meatball or meatloaf, this is a basic idea of what we use in ours

    3 parts ground beef
    1 1/2 parts lean ground pork
    1 1/2 parts lean ground veal
    fresh black pepper
    italian seasoning
    cajun spice
    seasoned bread crumbs

    mix, but dont overmix

    for a different spin on it, my mom use to put green/red peppers,mushroom or small cubes of sharp cheddar cheese in with favorite sauce

    hopefully this will work
  20. squeezy

    squeezy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yeah man! ... looks like a good recipe ... on my list of "To do's"

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