Promised the wife I'd make a smoked meatloaf tonight along with the ribs I was doing. So I thought I'd add a little twist and mix in some bratwurst meat to enhance the flavor.
Here's what I'm starting with. 2lbs 80/20 ground beef, using 3 of the brats, will be mixing in, garlic powder, worcestershire sauce, eggs, onion flavored crackers, sweet yellow onion, and some salt and pepper.
I slit the skins on the bratwurst and took the meat out.
Add 3 large eggs
Then get messy and mix it all up to get everything evenly distributed
You can leave out the milk and I would actually recommend it if smoking on right on the grates. Mine was a little too wet so I added in some bread crumbs so it wouldn't fall through the grates. Then I put into a loaf pan to form.
I didn't put any ketchup or BBQ sauce on the top because my kids hate the chewy texture it gets. I did sprinkle on a little rub though. The flash on my camera ruined this picture. But it came out really nice. I smoked this at 260* for around 3 hours until my Thermapen said I hit 170* internal.
It had a good flavor. I think next time I'll add even more bratwurst meat. It wasn't quite as pronounced as I'd hoped. But still pretty darned good.
Thanks for looking.