A Message From Mom For Y'all & A Smoked Meatloaf (Long Read & Some Pics)

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Apr 14, 2013
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Whew....the past couple of weeks have been an absolute whirlwind. As some of you know, my only sibling has taken it upon himself to rid mom of pretty much everything: all of her money and almost everything of value she owned. For several months she has had no means to pay her bills or buy food. She had been living off one leftover meal a day that one of the neighbors brought her and living like a pauper after an entire life of working...then ending up with nothing. I'd been hinting at her coming to TX for a long time but there's no pressuring her. She is independent, proud, and there was no way I was going to compromise that or her dignity by pushing her into it. It was a decision she had to make on her own. She called me a little over two weeks ago and asked if I could come get her and move her down here from Northern VA. Two days later I was on a plane to do just that. Got her here after a horrific drive in a dilapidated old U-Haul truck and she was in love the second we pulled into the driveway. It took about 3 seconds for her to feel comfortable and at home. Tracy and I have since then made sure that she has everything she needs to be happy and she's happier than ever, loving the environment, the patio (which she now calls home), and the scenery....oh and the food I've been cooking for her :emoji_wink: Now to the part about the message. She has never owned a computer or a cell phone but had friends that have clued her in on Internet sites like FB and a few others which don't exactly have the best of reputations. Needless to say, there was a very negative impression she had about forums and newsgroups. When we got home I opened the thread I posted about the situation and she was completely blown away by the outpouring of support from all of you. Literally, she was standing here crying as I read the replies to that thread. It was pretty amazing that so many people whom I've never met showed so much support for the situation. She asked me to convey a huge THANK YOU to each and every one of you for all the prayers, support, and well-wishes. It all meant more to her than I can possibly express.

Now to the meal. One thing she asked from me is to cook some nice stuff for her once in a while. Gee....no doubt that this was gonna happen :emoji_laughing: We have had several really nice meals but I've just been too bust to take pics of them all and document them. This one however I did manage to take pics as I went and it came out really well. Meatloaf was a staple growing up but it was kinda boring and not one of my favorites. I've started making them my way recently and have a whole new attitude about them. She asked for it one night last week so I did. A taste of home...Southern comfort food. Simple, well prepared, and delish.

She asked me to get this pic if I could. Was a bit tricky at 85 miles an hour. Had do duck between a couple of 18-wheelers and hope to get the shot without smashing into anybody :emoji_laughing:

Getting it all together. A pound of 80/20 CPB ground beef, a pound of my sweet Italian sausage, bread crumbs, celery, red bell pepper, one egg, bread crumbs, and some seasonings.

Mix it all up and loaf my meat. Seasoned with a sprinkle of my beef rub.

Onto the Hy Fyre at 200* running pecan.

Mom had never seen a smoker at work nor had she ever seen TBS. This was quite the experience for her.

At the 90 minute mark I basted with a glaze I made using beef gravy, beef broth, rum, and another dose of my beef rub.

She loves green beans but for many years it's only been from a can. Did some fresh beans for her in the steamer with homemade bacon crumbles.

Meatloaf all done and ready to slice. Pulled at an IT of 165*.

Sliced and looking really good. Hey Eric ( SmokinEdge SmokinEdge ) do you see something really pretty here?? :emoji_wink:

Plated up with some homemade sour cream, garlic, and chive mashed potatoes, beef gravy, and the beans. Weather is finally cooling down a bit so dinner on the patio.

Here ya go David ( DRKsmoking DRKsmoking ) and Jim ( JLeonard JLeonard )

And mom chowing down.

Yes folks, it's been quite the ordeal but mom is happier than she's ever been. Nice surroundings, people who love her and care about her, good food, and a fat dog to dote on. After months of not eating she is now starting to gain some much needed weight and her strength is coming back in a hurry. Happy, healthy, and loaded with everything she could ever need or want. The original plan was to sell her house and move her into an assisted living facility (her request) but after being here a week we all talked about it and decided she would rather stay with us for as long as we can care for her....which does not take much. She is still very independent and pretty much takes care of herself and is a dream to have around. We've had a few friends over and all have fallen in love with her. Now she feels even more grounded here having friends and not still being in a holding pattern waiting to move again into an assisted living facility. Within less than a week of signing the listing agreement to sell the house, we got two solid offers, one of which has been accepted and closing is next week....for more than $35K over what we were willing to accept. That is a HUGE win for her and when closed, it will give her a sense of having something again after a lifetime of work then ending up totally broke. Life is good and God is smiling on her!!

I've rambled long enough. Thanks once again to all of you who showed such an amazing outpouring of love and support. SMF remains the absolute best forum on the planet and it's because of you all.

Robert well done all around! That is a comfort meal for sure (and at it’s best!), tell momma R welcome and hope your family is blessed together….. I’m thinking you are going to share many many meals together…… we have a sign in our home that says “The kitchen is where families are made”
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Glad that story came to a satisfying end!! All the best to your mom! Sometimes a person just needs a few hugs and some good food.
A beautiful post! Glad mom is settling in and happy. Tell her I'm jealous she gets to sit on that gorgeous patio, eat that great food, and love on Bianca.

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Robert, I envy you so much getting to to care for your mom. I was looking forward to doing the same but the Lord had other plans. Thank you for sharing your situation with us, it's truly inspirational.
That meatloaf is pretty phenomenal as well. :emoji_thumbsup:
Meatloaf looks superb and smoke ring is spot on, what a plate shot! The best part though is your mom being loved and respected as she absolutely deserves to be. You are a good boy Robert, God bless your family, and may you enjoy each other for many more years to come. Also glad that Mom will get some of her hard earned investment back into the bank account. This will help her gain that sense of independence back. That’s a wonderful thing.
Your mom deserves nothing less then the best Robert and I'm sure you and wife will see to that. Now get her signed up on smf and get her smoking😉.
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Great write up. Glad she is settling in. Meatloaf is one of my favorites and yours looks fantastic! Looks like you have that smoke ring thing perfected. I been struggling getting it lately since I stopped using water in the RecTec.
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Great to hear your mom is in a better place. Lost mine in 05.

Now about that meatloaf.. that looks perfect. I would eat the whole thing in one sitting just because.
Great story Robert, I am glad to hear mom is finally getting a life she deserves. It never ceases to amaze me what sibling can do (both good and bad) to their parents. She sounds like she will be very happy with you and Tracy... oh and the food of course.
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Talk about happy endings Robert!!! Happy to hear your mother is finally being taken care of the way she deserves. It's been a long and tumultuous journey but as you say you can finally see the light. EPIC meatloaf Robert. Between the chow, view and comfort of being spoiled I don't blame your mom for not wanting to leave.

Point for sure
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I have been a bit out of touch for a few weeks and didn’t know about this Robert. You are just one heck of a good Son! I am sure your Mom will gain a few more years of good living because of the person she raised. God bless you!
Such a good heart swelling story all round Robert. Glad you, Tracy and your mom ( and Bianca ) will be together as long as you can. Like said above and before , There is nothing better than the love and care for and from Family.
My parents have both been gone for years, But we just moved Mona's mom in here this summer ( Plus Mona's sister and Husband ) That's what family does.

So onto the meat loaf before I can't see my keyboard because there is something in my eyes.

Just great and with the adjustments your smoke ring is right on. And the gravy and close up shots heaven.
I can see in a month or so you will be telling us your mom wants to go on a diet from all the good foods Tracy and you are setting up for her , lol

Just Good On you and Tracy, " Family "

Just great and with the adjustments your smoke ring is right on. And the gravy and close up shots heaven.
I can see in a month or so you will be telling us your mom wants to go on a diet from all the good foods Tracy and you are setting up for her , lol

Diet?!?!? Heck no, I'd be telling Robert to take me shopping for clothes.....Keep the good eats coming!

Every thing about that post is awesome !! Wonderful meal and an even better story with a great ending .. I am so happy that your mom is happy... Tell her we all said to have an awesome day !
You are a great son my friend!! Now to that meatloaf, dayyyuummmm that makes my mouth water. I just picked up 25 lbs of 80/20 ground beef at $2.40 a lbs. I see meatloaf in my future as well as that of my small circle private customers haha
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