Okay the trout wasn't originally part of this meal idea but at less than $4.00/lbs. I couldn't pass it up. I've been toying around with meatloaf for some time now being overwhelmed by italian styles and disappointed by lipton soup mix loaves (mostly from the in-laws, lol) I've finally developed a recipe I'm happy with, which means it was time to throw it in the smoker with some taters to be mashed on the side! This was all done with pecan wood, which is my personal favorite.
The trout was marinated in a mixture of olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and dill weed at room temperature for 1 hour.
Next comes the potatoes; rubbed with olive oil, salt, and chipotle chile powder
Finally the meatloaf; I'll let 'yall be the judges of it by the recipe below. In the future I hope to have a cast iron loaf pan instead of the disposable aluminum one shown.
1.25 lbs. lean ground beef
0.33 lbs. plain ground pork sausage
1 and 1/3 cups rolled oats
1 small onion, finely chopped
6 garlic cloves, pressed
1/3 cup milk
1 6 oz. can tomato paste
2 TBS. brown mustard
2 TBS. worcestershire sauce
1 and 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. cayenne chile powder
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tsp. marjoram
Throughly mix all ingredients in a large bowl (except for the ketchup and marjoram) and transfer to a loaf pan and pack it down well. Spread the ketchup evenly on top and then sprinkle the marjoram on top of the ketchup. Cover with foil and bake at 375F for 1 hour, removing the foil in the last 20 minutes of baking.
This also cooks well in a smoker. Smoke uncovered at 240F for 2-3 hours and letting the internal temperature reach 165F. Add the ketchup and marjoram in the last 30 minutes of smoking.
And the magic, the potatoes were foiled after an hour...
And the results (money shots included at no extra charge)...