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Meat Loaf & Green Beans (Low Sodium)

post #1 of 12
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I wanted to try something new so I decided to give meat loaf a shot. I also tried smoking some green beans. I used my favorite meat loaf recipe that I have been tweaking for awhile. I used lean hamburger and a couple of mild Italian links plus some pepper jack cheese to spice it up. Lots of onion and garlic. I can't cook without garlic.

Put it all together in a roasting pan. I skooched it away from the edges of the pan to get the most smoking surface area possible.

For the green beans I added onions, garlic, some low sodium spices, pepper, and tossed with olive oil.

Put it all in another roasting pan.

I put the beans on the lower rack and the meat loaf on top.

To make sure I had good contact for the thermometer tip, I cut a slit in the edge of the roasting pan and then poked some holes in the edge of the pan so that the fat could drip down into the water.

Cooked the meat loaf to 160 degrees and left the beans in for the same amount of time. The beans came out crispy but done.

Added some sauce to the top of the meat loaf and cooked for about 20 more minutes.

This turned out to be the best meat loaf I have ever eaten. I used Cabernet soaked Oak chips. The meat had a nice smokey flavor. The beans were pretty tasty.

Added a little homemade mac 'n cheese that my daughter made and then pigged out. Had to go back for seconds on the meat loaf. Can't wait for lunch tomorrow!!!

The only sodium in the meat loaf is from the Worcestershire sauce and the Italian sausage. No sodium added at all to the green beans.
post #2 of 12

Gonna have to give the meatloaf thing a try!
post #3 of 12
Everything looks delicious. Nice job! icon_biggrin.gif
post #4 of 12
I've considered doing a meatloaf, but would have never come up with the idea of smoked fresh vegie's. Thanks for the idea it looks great.
post #5 of 12
Looks great. Smoked meat loaf is excellent. Thanks for the Qview.
post #6 of 12
Now that looks like a winner! Fresh green beans are coming into season pretty soon...I may have to try that. Thanks for the QView!
post #7 of 12
That looks awesome. I need to try that out very, very soon!
post #8 of 12
Smoked meatloaf is awesome. I will never bake a meatloaf again.
post #9 of 12
Boy, there's some fine vittles. Tell me about those beans. They look delicious. How long did you have them in the smoker?
post #10 of 12
Everything looks delicious; Thanks for sharing the QVIEW with us.

post #11 of 12
PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif looks great, thanks for sharing
post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 
The beans were in the smoker about 1 hour and 15 minutes. I use an electric so my cooking temp is around 250. I didn't use any salt on them and I could tell they needed salt. They would have been much tastier with salt.
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