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First Meatloaf

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So I gave a meatloaf a try tonight.

Smoked it at around 250 for about 90 minutes, then finished it off in the oven at 450 for a few minutes to crisp up the bacon. Cooked it to an internal temp of 163.


Not the best meatloaf I've ever made, but the first one I ever smoked.
I have to say, after tasting meatloaf with a bit of smoke, I'll never make a meatloaf again without smoking it.


Meatloaf itself included some bread crumbs, roasted red pepper, caramelized onion, roasted carrots, a little cayenne, thyme, garlic powder and salt and pepper.


Unfortunately, I'd already gotten the idea to make meatloaf when I realized I didn't have any eggs.

In the end, it turned out okay, but you can see it didn't hold together too well, falls apart a bit when you slice it.


Thanks to all the past members here who posted about their meatloaf smoking, otherwise I may never have tried it.




post #2 of 4
Looks tasty.

I never use eggs in my meatloaf. For a binder I'll use cooked quinoa, or cooked rice. Never had a dry meatloaf.
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Originally Posted by dirtsailor2003 View Post
For a binder I'll use cooked quinoa, or cooked rice. Never had a dry meatloaf.


Good idea - I've never heard of using quinoa or rice as a binder.

I'll give that a try next time.

post #4 of 4

We use quinoa as a filler in quite a few dishes. Stuffed peppers, cabbage rolls. We also use it in place of rice when stuffing game hens or pork roasts.
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