My Fantastic Meatloaf Recipe

Discussion in 'Beef' started by solar, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. solar

    solar Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    This is a meatloaf my uncle use to serve at his restaurant, we never had any leftover, it was always a huge hit on Friday nights special. It took me a while to figure out a smaller portion of mixture because we did about 20lbs at a time. I've made this about 30 times so far and I guarentee, this will be one of the best meatloafs you've ever eaten, ketchup won't even enter your mind. [​IMG]

    This is a oven recipe, but I'm sure it will transfer well to the smoker.

    1lb ground beef or chuck
    ½ lb ground pork
    ½ lb ground lamb
    2 eggs slightly beaten
    1 cup of corn (frozen in bag works fine)
    1 medium Onion chopped
    ½ Red Bell Pepper chopped
    1 package sliced mushrooms
    1 cup Vigo Italian Bread crumbs (or regular bread crumbs)
    1/3 cup of BBQ sauce, I find the sweeter sauce works well
    1 teaspoon of Chili powder
    3/4 teaspoon of salt, or to taste
    1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    8 cut to fit strips of bacon

    Preheat ove to 350°

    First spread corn over a large buttered sheet pan and roast corn in oven as it preheats for about 20 minutes or until some kernels start to turn brown and smell sweet.

    Saute onions, red pepper, and mushroom in butter.

    After all the veggies are cooked lay them out on a large paper towel and pat dry, then mix together the sauted veggies and corn in a medium mixing bowl and place in the freezer to cool.

    In a large mixing bowl, combine the beef, lamb and pork and mix lightly with hands (latex gloves are nice for this) don't squeeze or mash the meats together. Then add about 1 egg and half the bread crumbs and again mix lightly. Once the veggies are cool, slowly mix in the veggies, other half of bread crumbs, the other egg, BBQ sauce and the chili powder and salt and pepper until it's mixed well. This may take a little time, just be sure to use your fingers to toss the ingredients, like Mr. Whiple said, "no squeezing".

    Place in a ungreased 11" x 7" baking pan and pack mixture in tightly and evenly, then using your fingers, press in a gap all around the loaf, so there's a gap between the loaf and pan edges, this gives the fat and other liquids somewhere to go. Then lay the bacon strips side by side across the short side of the loaf, there should be one piece of bacon on each slice. I get 8 slices out of my loaf using a 11 x 7 pan.

    Bake at 350° for 1½ hours or 165° or a bit more.

    Remove from oven and remove the fat and liquids using a baster and let rest of at least an hour, this is very important, because if you try to serve the slices right away they will just crumble and fall apart.

    You can add or subtract any of the veggies, just remember that whatever you decide to use, make sure it's cooked or blanched. If you use raw veggies the moisture will make the loaf into a soup.

    Enjoy!! [​IMG]
  2. chef_boy812

    chef_boy812 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    with ground lamb too. was he world famous or what.

    I am going to try that on my next bachelor night dinner. The wife despises meat loaf, but she like fatties. go figure

    Thank you,

    Family recipes are more precious than photos and often stand the test of time without any fading.
  3. brandsbay

    brandsbay Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    sounds real good,will put on my to try list (in my head) thanks Solar
  4. Yeah, that sounds deelicious!
  5. monty

    monty Master of the Pit Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Solar, have you tried to smoke this recipe? Do you think it will convert from oven to smoker?

    Recipe sounds stupendous but we need a bit more!

  6. solar

    solar Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I'm going to us this recipe in a fattie this Sunday, I'll make sure to post my results with Qview.
  7. wutang

    wutang Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Are you gonna just do a fattie/loaf ?? Or are you gonna roll out the meatloaf mixture and then stuff it and re-roll it fattie style? Either way sounds pretty good to me
  8. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    sounds like a Good loaf-I do 1 real close to that
  9. solar

    solar Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I'm going to do two, one fattie style with the meat mixture minus the veggies rolled out and all the veggies on the inside with a little cheese to hold them all together. The other one is going to be done like a normal meat loaf with everything mixed together but in a shallow pan. I really wanted to do this today, but I have to much going on so it will have to wait until Sunday.
  10. solar

    solar Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Came out great, regular pan style or fattie style, it smoked up great, so yes this recipe transfers well to the smoker. I posted Qview in the Fattie section.
  11. Deffinately going to give it try.

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