Rec Tec meatloaf

Discussion in 'Beef' started by velvetant, Sep 20, 2017.

  1. All these meatloaf threads got me hungry so.......another meatloaf thread.
    Got my Rec Tec 680 grill a week ago and learning to cook all over again by smoking, the family is giving me a lot of leeway to try just about anything.
    So I'm posting for the experts to keep me on the right path.
    This is what I'm trying this weekend.
    2 lbs ground beef
    1 pound ground Italian sausage
    Small Vidalia onion
    1 Egg
    1 1/4 cup Milk
    1 1/14 cup Crushed Ritz crackers
    Salt, pepper, garlic powder.
    The top is getting serrated them an apricot glaze mix will go on at 135, 145 and 155 IT
    Since it has pork I'm running the IT to 165 before I pull it.
    Using Cookinpellets in the main hopper, the perfect pellet mix and using the Amazn smoker tube with equal parts Lumberjack 100% apple, pecan, maple for this run.
    I'm thinking about 5 hours for a 3 pound meatloaf at 235.
  2. xray

    xray Smoking Fanatic

    Sounds like a solid plan. It's funny how threads show up in groups here. I guess everybody gets hungry for the same thing.

    It's good to plan on 5 hrs. I'm thinking you will be done in 4. Most of my meatloafs are 3lbs. and smoked in your temperature range.

    Let us know how it turns out and don't forget to post pictures.
  3. gmc2003

    gmc2003 Master of the Pit

    Meatloaf does seem awfully popular these days. Are you going to pan it or directly on the grate. I normally cook meatloaf directly on the grate so it doesn't sit in all the fat, and smoke penetrates the whole loaf. Sounds like your on the right track - enjoy!!!

  4. Rings Я Us

    Rings Я Us Smoking Guru Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Last edited: Sep 20, 2017
  5. Now that the weather has cooled down I'll be working on a pavers porch in the back so I figured it would be a good time to do a smoke.
    The wife or I will get some pics for sure.
    It will be directly on the grill for all around smoke
  6. Rings Я Us

    Rings Я Us Smoking Guru Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Stuff is really good.. sandwiches are also..
  7. I did some 1/2 pound bugers with 100% mesquite in the Amazn tube, 1.3 hours at 235 with 160 IT.
    Added some chipotle bbq sauce at 145 IT then flipped and added more bbq sauce then pepperjack cheese added and melted at the end.
    Best burgers ever made.
    Can't wait to taste the meatloaf.
  8. The big day is here.
    Got 2 loafs made, 1 at 3 pounds and the other at 2 pounds, the smaller one I left out the sausage.
    Dried out the pellets for the smoke tube at 200 for 1 hour in the oven. Using equal amounts of apple, pecan and maple
    Wrapped up some potatoes in foil.
    I'll get some pics snapped and posted later on.
  9. Put on apricot glaze at 133 and 137, thought there would be a bigger difference on IT temp between the two.
    Tossed on the potatoes at this time.
    xray likes this.
  10. Little ones done. Nice smoke ring
    Took 7 hours
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2017
  11. Bigger one was 7 3/4 hours and as much as I love sausage this one wasn't quite right. Very good but the one without sausage was better.
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2017
  12. xray

    xray Smoking Fanatic

    Good looking loaves! I also prefer making mine with out sausage too.
    Points for your first.

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