Smoked meatloaf (not the crap your (my) ma made)

12/10/14 @ 8:14 PM
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migr8r
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USER since 2/8/11
I looked up recipes for this and used a combination of them and improvised some. I have never once liked meatloaf in my life. This is a different story. The recipes I looked up used 3/4 ground beef and 1/4 ground pork, which I'm sure would work good. I just happen to be in possession of a bunch of ground bison, which is by far superior to ground beef. Ground venison or elk would be an excellent alternative to bison. Smoked meatloaf- 1 1/2 lbs ground bison 6 oz bacon 1 smallish onion 3 fresh jalapeños 4-5 garlic cloves 2 eggs 1 qt size ziplock lightly filled with Ruffle brand potato chips (use a ruffle type potato chip) 1/4 cup BBQ sauce Dice bacon, onion and jalapeño into 1/8" pcs and mince garlic. Lightly sauté (just slightly browned) bacon, onion, jalapeño and garlic. Crush potato chips into oblivion. Beat egg. Gently mix all ingredients (including BBQ sauce). Lightly oil a piece of foil and form meatloaf into a 2" high oblong shape. Prepare grill for indirect cooking with charcoal shoved to each side of grill. Place a handful of soaked wood chips on charcoal and place meatloaf (on foil) in center of grate. Add wood chips every 20 minutes or so. Maintain grill at approx 225-250*. Cook meatloaf for about 1 1/2- 2 hrs until internal temp reaches 155*. Remove from heat and tent in foil for 20 minutes. If using ground beef, I personally would use ground pork instead of bacon because of the fat content of the beef. Bison or venison can handle the fat from the bacon.
Edited on 10/18/17 5:30 PM
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10/19/17 @ 6:22 PM
lazyfishr
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USER since 5/29/06

It's the only way to eat meatloaf.  We now smoke a few of them before the winter and freeze them. 

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10/18/17 @ 2:38 PM
ttreebark
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USER since 7/6/06

Smoked meatloaf sounds great, will definitely try it. For the record my mom's meatloaf was tasteless , wife's good, puts ham, chilies and Swiss cheese in it. Also I put potato chips on my sloppy joes, Alton Brown rocks!

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10/17/17 @ 7:16 PM
migr8r
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Just bringing this back TTT. 

Its been awhile since I've made this but made some tonight. Figure some of ya might need a good way to use up some ground game. 

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8/2/15 @ 7:44 AM
lazyfishr
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USER since 5/29/06
Smoked meatloaf is amazing. If you already have a recipe you like just use that. Most of the flavor with this comes from the smoking. I have done beef, turkey and a beef/turkey mix and all turn out great. It will be hard to eat meat loaf from the oven again.

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12/12/14 @ 7:54 AM
migr8r
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If you take the pithe and seeds out of the jalapeño, it won't be as hot. Cooking jalapeños takes a lot of the heat out anyway. A poblano would be a good alternative or eliminating altogether wouldn't hurt.

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12/12/14 @ 5:58 AM
B Fish
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USER since 6/26/10
hey migr8r

I would like to try that but I am not a fan of hot food as in spicy. How spicy was it with the Jalepenos and do you think a guy could leave them out?

Thanks

Turn your messanger on too. Big Smile

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12/11/14 @ 8:38 PM
NiteMite
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USER since 9/16/01
While in Texas a few years ago I stopped for a driving break. The couple that lived in the house I was parked in front of invited me for dinner(making a long story very short). Smoked Brisket, Smoked Quail, Smoked Quail eggs and Smoked Meatloaf stuffed with quail. All Mesquite smoked. Yum! There was a water pan under. The coals were all Mesquite, too. I ate well and brought some home. Texas hospitality. Smile

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12/11/14 @ 5:37 AM
migr8r
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Tuna and peas on toast should be considered child abuse.

With all the other ingredients there was plenty of moisture and no need for a water pan.

And if Alton Brown says add potato chips, I'll add potato chips. It's just a binder like bread crumbs are in most other meatloaf recipes.

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12/10/14 @ 10:07 PM
river_chaser
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USER since 10/3/12
For the record I liked the meatloaf my mom made. At least it was better than tuna and peas served on toast.

Smoking the meatloaf sounds interesting. I wonder if the recipe would be improved by puting a pan of water under the meatloaf,in between the 2 coal piles. I always smoke using this pan of water and it serves well to keep the meat moist and tender, especially bison meat.

Just a personal prefernece here but if I am going through all the trouble to smoke meat on the grill I wouldnt use crushed potatoe chips in any recipe.

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