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Friday, February 24, 2012

Smoked Meat Loaf

Well Folks: Today I will tell you how I make a Meat Loaf on the grill. It isn't the easiest thing you will every do, but it is worth the effort. Every time I make this there isn't very much left over, which is a shame  because one of my favorites for lunch is a meat loaf sandwich. There are some things you will need to grill the meat loaf, one of them is a closed wire mesh tray. They make these for grilling fish and vegetables. The other thing you will need is a heavy duty spatula. With both of these tools you will be able to grill a meat loaf. For the meat loaf you will need.

1 Lb Ground Beef
1 Lb Pork Sausage
1 Lb Ground Chicken
1 1/2 Cups Seasoned Bread Crumbs
2 Eggs
3 Tbs of Mrs Dash Original seasoning
3 Tbs A-1 sauce
3 Tbs Mustard
3Tbs Worcestershire Sauce
3Tbs Minced Garlic
1 Cup Chopped Onion
1 Cup Chopped Celery
1 Cup Green Pepper
1/2 Cup Carrots

Start by sauteing the Onions,Garlic, Celery, Green Peppers and the Carrots in 2  to 3 Tbs of Olive Oil. After the veggies have gotten soft take them off the heat and allow to cool. Now you will put all 3 meats in a large bowl and add the rest of the ingredients  and the now cool veggies. Now you get to get a little messy,you need to mix everything together and the best way to do this with your hands. After every thing is well mixed form these into 2 or 3 loafs  the smaller the loafs the easier to  handle on the grill.

Speaking of the grill you need to set it up for indirect cooking, I like using Hickory for the smoke for the meat loaf.  Now put the loafs on the mesh tray. Coat the tray with cooking spray to help prevent sticking.Place the loafs directly over the hot coals. Let the meat stay over the hot coals for about 7 to 10 minutes don't worry about some flames kicking up and burning the meat loaf you want a nice crust. Now comes the hardest part, after about 7  minutes or so it time to turn the meat loafs.This is when you will need that Heavy Duty spatula because you want to turn the loafs over to get the same crust on the other side. After turning and let the second side cook over the hot coals for the same 7 to 10 minutes. After you have the same crust on this side, it is time to move these loaf to the cooler side of the grill.

With the meat loafs on the cooler side, close the lid and allow them just to cook until they reach a internal Temp. of 180 degrees. This is when  a remote thermometer comes in handy, just put the probe into the center of the loaf and sit down for a cold beer. Depending on how large you make the meat loafs will determine how long this will take. When they get up to temp I like to top them will some BBQ sauce and cook for about 10 minutes or so to set the sauce.. Let the finished Meat loaf rest for 10 to 15 minutes and slice into serving portions. Nothing better than meat loaf and Mash Potato's and Green Beans  and you have a meal fit for a King.

That's it for this week, you will want to check with me on Monday. I got some exciting News,well maybe not that exciting but it is news and it's exciting to me.