For some reason, I had yet to smoke a meatloaf. I don't know why. I love meatloaf and I love smoking. I just never got around to it. Circumstances changed that.
My Warba potatoes are the first ones ready in my garden. It was time to harvest some of them. I dug some and made some mashed potato casseroles to freeze for use this winter.
Of course, I had to boil potatoes. As I was about to drain the water off I thought of something our mothers always did. They used the water that boiled vegetables to make gravy and sauces. I had to do it. Also, She Who Must Be Obeyed likes gravy on her meatloaf. It was obviously time to smoke a meatloaf.
I mixed the following together:
1 kilogram (2 pounds) ground pork
500 grams (1 pound) ground beef
75 ml (1/3 cup) chopped green onion
1 clove garlic, minced
250 ml (1 cup) dried bread crumbs
125 ml (1/2 cup) red wine
5 ml (1 teaspoon) fine grind black pepper
5 ml (1 teaspoon) dried oregano
5 ml (1 teaspoon) dried parsley
5 ml (1 teaspoon) dried thyme
5 ml (1 teaspoon) dried rosemary
5 ml (1 teaspoon) beef base
250 ml (1 cup) grated cheddar cheese
I formed it together and put it on a rack over a roasting pan. I put a strip of foil under the meatloaf. It makes it easier to take off the rack when cooked.
I preheated my pellet smoker to 325 F and put the meatloaf in.
It took 1 hour 20 minutes to get to an internal temperature of 165 F.
I transferred it to a cutting board to sit while I made the gravy.
I melted 50 ml (1/4 cup) of butter and sauteed 250 ml (1 cup) of coarsely chopped onion for about 8 minutes over medium heat. I added 1 clove chopped garlic and sauteed one minute longer.
I stirred in 50 ml (1/4 cup) of flour and mixed to make a roux.
I whisked in 750 ml (3 cups) of the water from boiling the potatoes and whisk until it started to thicken.
I added 15 ml (1 tablespoon) of beef base, 50 ml (1/4 cup) soy sauce, 10 ml (2 teaspoons) Worcestershire sauce, and 3 ml (1/2 teaspoon) pepper. I lowered the heat and simmered the gravy for a few minutes.
I sliced the meatloaf and put the gravy in a gravy boat.
We served it with potato salad and coleslaw.
I even got a little smoke ring on the meatloaf!
I really shouldn't have waited to smoke a meatloaf. It really adds to the flavour! I will be doing more.