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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Getting smokey

Wow, 2 years since I did anything with the blog...I've been very slack in adding cooks and I hope to rectify that from now on. It won't be every week, but maybe once a month or so.

If anyone can remember way back in 2011 my post on ribs: http://mattcancook.blogspot.com/2011/07/ribfest.html 

The smoker I had was bought for me by Mum and it was a good intro into American BBQ. I have since retired that cooker and have actually built a smoker called a UDS (Ugly Drum Smoker).






If you want to know more about these or how to build them, the best source of information is here: http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=23436 and here: http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=43943

These are very fuel efficient, very versatile smokers and I have a lot of cooks under my belt with this one.

Anyway, I'll be doing a lot more smoking and will be sharing the cooks here, so here is the first one in this "series".

Smoked Meatloaf...yes, smoked. It's pretty much the same as your normal oven cooked meatloaf but cooked in a smoker for a really good flavour.

Ingredients:

1lb ground beef
1lb ground pork
1/2 a green capsicum
1 onion
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 cup bread crumbs
2 eggs
1/4 cup of ketchup and steak sauce combined (so, 1/8 cup of each)

Dice the capsicum and onion into about medium sized pieces.





Saute these in some butter over a medium/low heat for about 5 minutes, then add the garlic and continue sauteing until the veggies are soft but not mushy.






While the veggies are softening, put the remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl and add the veggies when they're done.



Mix well to combine, then put on a pan (I happen to have one that has holes in it to allow the smoke to get on the bottom of the meatloaf as well) and shape into a loaf. (You could also put it into a loaf pan) Cover and put in the fridge for 30 minutes or so to firm up. If you use a loaf pan, carefully remove the meatloaf before putting on the smoker.



While the meatloaf is in the fridge, get your smoker going. (These take a while to get up to temperature, so now is the time to light it.) I cook the meatloaf at about 310°F.

When your smoker is at temp, throw in the meatloaf, stick your temperature probe in it (if you have one...they're really a great thing to have to monitor the temperature of the meat and the cooker. This is the one that I have: http://www.maverickhousewares.com/digital-remote-bbq-thermometers#/et-733-wireless-food-thermometer-set/, you can get these on Amazon.)

Now, with smoking, if you're looking you're not cooking, but this is about halfway through the cook.


When the temperature of the meatloaf hits about 130°F, I put on the glaze, which is another 50/50 mix of ketchup and steak sauce.





I keep cooking until the internal temperature hits 165° and it's ready to come out.


We had this with some brussel sprouts, peas and scalloped potatoes.

Here's a rundown on the scalloped potatoes.

Ingredients:

4 cups of thin (3mm) sliced yellow potatoes
4 cups of thin (3mm) sliced onions
3 tbsp margarine or butter
3tbsp plain flour
1 1/2 cups of milk (we use 2%)
1/4 tsp salt
1.5 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Set your oven for 425°F.

Melt the margarine/butter in a saucepan over medium/low heat. Add the flour and whisk for about 1 minute.


Whisk in milk and salt and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking frequently.




Reduce heat to medium/low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, for about 5 minutes.

Remove from the heat and stir in 1/2 a cup of the cheese.





Get a 2 quart/1.8 litre baking dish and spray some cooking spray around the inside. Layer the potatoes and onions alternately until the dish is half full.





Pour 1/2 the mixture over the potatos/onions.


Continue alternating the potatoes and onions to the top of the dish, pour over the remaining mixture.


 Put on the lid (or cover with alfoil) and cook for 30 minutes. When your 30 minutes are up, spread the remaining cheese over the top.


Put it back in the over for another 25 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.





Here's the result...Chanin reckons this is the best scalloped potatoes she's had and maybe the best meatloaf too. Connor also like the potatoes, so they must be OK if he eats them.






Stay tuned for more BBQing and I'm also working on another type of cooker that I'm very excited about...uses fire and spins.

Enjoy!

Matt

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