Thread: Not your Momma's meatloaf
#1 Not your Momma's meatloafgatorGuest10-11-2010, 07:17 PM
I decided to do a meatloaf on the Big Green Egg.
I used Alton Brown's recipe, which I kinda like.
I cooked it for 1.5 hrs at 350 degrees on the Big Green Egg.
It turned out excellent. It was very moist and had a good background hickory flavor. Even a litle smoke ring. Probably the best meatloaf I ever had.
Meatloaf for supper tonight and grilled meatloaf sandwiches later in the week.
10-11-2010, 11:57 PM
Disclaimer: I'm a Yankee
What's a smoke ring?
10-12-2010, 12:49 AM
/me bites his tongue"Our president delivered his State of the Union message to Congress. That is one of the things his contract calls for -- to tell congress the condition of the country. This message, as I say, is to Congress. The rest of the people know the condition of the country, for they live in it, but Congress has no idea what is going on in America, so the president has to tell 'em." ~ Will Rogers
gatorGuest10-12-2010, 04:52 PM
A smoke ring is a pink discoloration of meat just under the surface crust (called bark). It can be just a thin line of pink or a rather thick layer. A good smoke ring is around 1/4 inch in thickness. The smoke rings is caused by nitric acid building up in the surface of meat, absorbed from the surface. This nitric acid is formed when nitrogen dioxide from wood combustion in smoke mixes with water in the meat. Basically it is a chemical reaction between the smoke and the meat.
So how to do you get the best smoke ring? Opinions vary. Generally water soaked wood produces more nitrogen dioxide loaded smoke. If you really want to make sure you get a smoke ring then cheat. Coating meat with a salt tenderizer link Morton's Tender Quick, will load up the surface of the meat with nitrogen dioxide and give you a great smoke ring. Because of the prevalence of this kind of cheating, smoke rings are no longer taken into consideration in barbecue competitions.
10-12-2010, 08:53 PM
It's a meatloaf. :DMay the FORCE be with you!
10-12-2010, 09:02 PM
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I saw a cooking show where they used crushed soda crackers (saltines to all the yankees out there) mixed with milk as a binder. Supposed to be really good for moist meatloaf. I plan to try it.Hey careful man! There's a beverage here!
10-12-2010, 10:49 PM
I have a charcoal grill, a small one that I only used a few times to grill some thick cut rib steaks....Nothing beats charcoal flavored bar b q in my opinion. I won't buy a gas grill. I like to smoke artichokes at the end of grilling. I place the artichokes right into the coals, close the lid, and let it smoke in the smoldering flames for an hour. Best artichokes you will ever eat!
Now that the summer is close to be over, I will start grilling again...I hibernate in the summer down her in Floriduh!
10-13-2010, 08:31 AM
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What else do you use in meatloaf besides saltines and milk? I guess I use breadcrumbs sometimes, but I was raised on the saltines and milk.
BTW, the best meatloaf is KPauls.
My favorite K-Paul recipe. Makes great meatballs too!
2 bay leaves
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp black pepper
½ tsp white pepper
½ tsp cumin
½ tsp ground nutmeg
4 tbs butter
¾ c finely chopped onions
½ c finely chopped celery
½ c finely chopped green pepper
¼ c finely chopped green onions
2 tsp minced garlic
1 tbs Tabasco sauce
1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
½ c evaporated milk
½ c ketchup
1½ lb ground beef
½ lb ground pork
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 c fine bread crumbs
Combine the seasoning mix ingredients in s amall bowl. Set aside.
Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions, celery, green pepper, green onions, garlic, Tabasco, Worcestershire and seasoning mix. Saute until mixture start sticking excessively, about 6 minutes, stirring occasionally and scraping the pan bottom well. Stir in milk and ketchup. Continue cooking for about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and cool for 20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place the ground beef and pork in a large mixing bowl. Add the eggs, the cooked cooled vegetable mixture, removing the bay leaves, and the bread crumbs. Mix by hand until thoroughly combined. Put into a greased loaf pan. Bake uncovered for 25 minutes.
Raise the oven temperature to 400 degrees and continue cooking for an additional 40 minutes.
gatorGuest10-13-2010, 11:56 AM
Throwing a few woods chips in gas grill or even a charcoal grill will not do it.
Some people like to pretend that they are smoking by buying a smoker box to put into their gas grill but they are only fooling themselves. The smoker box or sometimes foil with a few soaked chips in it will give off a smoke smell to the person operating the grill but it does not permeate the food. Not by a long shot.
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