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jeepdad
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 04 13 8:35 pm    Post subject: Grandpa's 75th and Stuff Reply with quote

I've been on the road the last three weeks. Was suppose to be on the road next week too but it was cancelled, thankfully.


My rental cars are typically just a little bigger than a bean can. Imagine my surprise when the rental car guy pointed to a Dodge Challenger! My first thought was this could end up badly! Thinking there is no way to avoid getting a speeding ticket.


Luckily, I got thru the week without a speeding ticket! Whew!


Picked up a used bow excited about getting back in the woods.




Technology has changed so much since I bow hunted 25 years ago. And the prices!


Was enjoying a cigar sitting out in the yard and looked up and saw these cool clouds. Never seen clouds exactly like these before. Cool.




Making meatloaf for Grandpa's birthday. The family is coming over for supper.


Fresh veggies.


Oats and carrots waiting to be mixed in.


Herbs and fresh garlic.


Everything now gets mixed in to the ground beef.


Meat gets put into plastic wrap lined dishes and placed in the fridge overnight. It helps the loaves not to fall apart during smoking and helps the flavors to meld well.




The next day they easily pop out onto the cooling rack and ready for the smoker.




Onto the smoker.








Glaze added the last thirty mins.




My Honey made two tomato tarts for an appetizer. By the time I got to them this was all that was left. These are sooooooo good. Especially with tomatoes and basil from the garden!


The other appetizer, guc and tomatoes.


The meatloaf with the chopped up bacon and sliced.




Roasted carrots.




Mashed taters.










Toot's birthday was also this week we had already celebrated her birthday but she wanted a butterfinger cake so we made it as well.


Grandpa loves loves loves chocolate cake with chocolate icing!

It was a very busy but great day. Grandpa had a blast and so did we. Hope all are well. Take good care.

--jeepdad


SmokeHound’s Meatloaf

Ingredients:

3 lbs ground chuck or 85/15 ground beef
¾ C rolled oats (or bread crumbs)
½ C. grated carrot
2 Tbsps dried oregano
7 cloves garlic
1 med green pepper (cored, seeded and quartered)
1/3 C. tomato juice (V8 will work)
3 Tbsps Worcestershire sauce
2 pkgs onion soup mix (~8 Tbsps)
2 Tbsps onion powder or granulated onion
3 Tbsps ranch dressing mix (dry)
1 medium onion (white or brown) (quartered)
3 eggs

3-5 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

Preparation:

Put ground beef in a very large mixing bowl. Put oats in food processor and process several times to break up oats (about 20-30 seconds) – pour into bowl of meat. Add in grated carrot.

In the food processor, pulse the dried oregano and garlic until garlic is finely minced. Add in the green pepper and pulse 4-5 times. Add in the tomato juice, Worcestershire, onion soup mix, onion powder and ranch dressing – pulse several times, then add in the onion and process until the onion starts to break down to a DICE. Add the eggs and pulse 3 times (do not over pulse with the egg in it).

Pour this mixture into the bowl of meat, oats and carrots. Mix well by hand, ensuring everything is mixed together very well. Turn loaf out onto a baking sheet lined with plastic wrap – then form the loaf to the desired thickness and shape. (alternatively, you can line a loaf pan with plastic and stuff the loaf pan with the meat). Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight (or put in freezer for 2-3 hours).

Next day prep the smoker coals. Use a large drip tray of some kind to capture all of the meat drippings – one of those cheap-o aluminum baking tins from the dollar store works great or even HD foil (make a lip). . . just position it right under the loaf.

Remove plastic wrap from loaf, put the loaf on a cheap-o cooling rack (dollar store!) and place that right on the grates in the center of the smoking compartment. Insert digital thermometer, propping up with foil-ball. Keep the smoker around 250°F. Start basting the loaf with the glaze (recipe below) when the internal temp hits 155°F – 2 or 3 times is enough. Continue smoking until internal temp hits 165°F. Pull loaf off the smoker and allow to rest covered in foil for 20 minutes before slicing.

Sprinkle with crumbled bacon, then slice and serve with additional glaze on side. Serves 6-8.

Glaze:
½ C BBQ sauce
¼ C tomato juice
2 Tbsps honey
2 Tbsps brown sugar
2 Tbsps Worcestershire

Mix everything together in a small saucepan and cook on low until sugar is dissolved.

Butterfinger Cake

Ingredients
1 box German Chocolate Cake Mix (baked according to package
directions.
5 Butterfinger candy bars
1 jar caramel ice cream topping
1 can sweetened condensed milk
Cool Whip for topping
Chocolate Syrup

Preparation

Bake the cake according to package directions and in a 13 x 9 inch
pan. When it's done, and while it's still hot, punch holes in the
cake and pour the sweetened condensed milk over the top making sure
some of it sinks in the holes.

Do the same with the caramel ice cream topping. Sprinkle on some of the broken candy pieces.

When it's cool, spread the Cool Whip topping on the top, and then
sprinkle the rest of the broken bars. Then drizzle more caramel all
over and then drizzle chocolate syrup all over in zig zags.

Hint! Put all your candy bars in the freezer. When you're ready to
use them, take them from the freezer. Leave the wrappers on and take
a mallet or a hammer and smash them inside the wrappers. Keep cool
until you need them.

Jerri Anne’s Tomato Tart

Bake pie shell

Put ½ cup mozzarella cheese on bottom of shell.

Cut 4-5 tomatoes in wedges and layer over cheese.

Layer ~1/4 cup fresh basil and 1 garlic clove, chopped, over tomatoes.

In a bowl, combine ½ cup mayo, ¼ cup parmesan cheese, ½ cup mozzarella cheese plus ½ teaspoon pepper, spread over tomatoes.

Put tin foil over outside edge of crust to keep from burning.

Bake at 375 for 35-40 min. until bubbly.

Serve at room temperature.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05 13 12:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW!! That looks great!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05 13 1:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those clouds are called mammatus. They form when there are huge up and downdrafts in the atmosphere and are named for their similarity of shape to the human breast. Nice score on the car. I rented a Camry last week and got upgraded to a new Camaro. One fast ride, for sure. I gunned it on an onramp and was above 70 MPH halfway down the ramp. The four post design make it hard to get in and out of and huge blind spots on all 4 corners. The rental agent said the Challenger was the best of the muscle cars and cited visibility as a key issue.

Oh yeah, the food looks good too.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05 13 1:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yet another one I'll send people to for tips on how to make it come out right !!!

Thanks for ALL of your posts & most recently....this one !!!!


PS: Cool Clouds!!!!!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05 13 3:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Those clouds are called mammatus.


I live 20 miles south of Jeepdad. I took a photo of the clouds too. I have never seen them. Now I know. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05 13 3:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow that spread looks great, especially the meatloaf. I looooooves smoked meatloaf! I just ground up 10 pounds of piggy to make meatballs (with ground beef) and now you've got me hankering for a loaf. I don't know what to do now Laughing . The smoker's warming up and I need to make a decision...Ahhhh....If this is the biggest decision I have to make today then life is good Laughing

Wish Toot and Grandpa a Happy Birthday from me and the missus!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05 13 3:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MGeslock wrote:
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Those clouds are called mammatus.


I live 20 miles south of Jeepdad. I took a photo of the clouds too. I have never seen them. Now I know. Very Happy


I'm kind of a weather nut myself and I've only seen them in pictures. Bucket list material.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05 13 6:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Super WOW JD. Great looking cook. I thought that meatloaf looked familiar as I use smokehounds recipe also. Great looking carrots and corn also. Happy birthday to your
Dad and wow again for the desserts. Tom
Added: Too much great looking stuff. The tomato tort sounds and looks great as well. Tom
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05 13 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow great looking spread Dan those meatloaf's look fantastic.
Great pics of those clouds...never seen anything like that myself.Just had my first feed of fresh Ontario corn...man I love fresh corn.....Pass on my Happy Birthday wishes to Grandpa. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05 13 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

8fishermen Thanks.

BO I gotta say I thought you were pulling my leg with boobies and clouds, brotherman. And Dang it if Wiki didn't confirm that there really are boobie clouds! Too dang funny. And no wonder I liked'em! When I get home I will post all the boobie cloud pics I took. Yep, the Challenger was fun to drive and she would go when I had an opportunity to open her up.

1buckie Thanks for the kind words.

MGeslock We should get together sometime soon.

BUGSnBBQ Thanks bro. I hope whatever you smoked was dang tasty!

texbbqpits Thanks. It was all tasty you gotta try that tomato tart! It is addictive.

Thanks CB. Hard to beat fresh corn love the stuff. Hope all is well up North bro!











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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11 13 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dan the first thing I thought when I opened this thread and saw the Challenger was "no he did not just do that", "mid life crisis, I've seen it a million times".....then I got the 411 and see the rental agency showed you some love!! Probably best that way!! Shocked

The birthday dinner looks fantastic. Man it's hard to beat some good ole meat loaf and comfort food. I'm sure your grandpa's heart and tummy were content as could be after that feast. Those meatloaf's are came out beautiful. Great job and thanks for sharing the recipes as usual.

Are you ready for some football!!!!!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11 13 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dan, I am just trying to play catch up before hitting the shop. What an awesome looking spread you put down my Friend. Very Happy The meat loaf looks spot on I could have hurt myself at that table. Very Happy Nicely done my man. Very Happy
I hope your days with the race car were uneventful Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12 13 1:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the kind words my k.c.hawg brother. YES, I am SO ready for some football!!! At least we have preseason then the REGULAR season!!! Can't wait! We open against Philly, an NFC East division game off the bat then we go on the road into Lambeau!

Thanks kevin. I hope all is well down Texas way, brother.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12 13 1:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jeepdad, this is another post that slipped by me. Embarassed

That is some fine looking food right there. Very Happy

Tell Grandpa, happy birthday, I hope you get to cook many more birthday meals for him. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12 13 2:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great cook Dan, that meatloaf looks fantastic Very Happy

I too, have always been a fan of Mopar muscle.
My buddy has a Challenger and a Charger and
they can really snap your head back Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12 13 6:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like a great birthday dinner, and a great time with the family. I am about to let the meatloaf I have in the smoker burn and come by your house.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12 13 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

G'day Dan!
Its been a while Mate!
Every thing looks exceptional as always Cool
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12 13 8:49 am    Post subject: B day spread !!! Reply with quote

Awesome spread man, the meat loaf looked awesome !!! And I guess I wil be the only one to point out the butterfinger cake!! Neve had it but if looks great.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12 13 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks GF I hope so too.

Gray Goat Yep, I found this out on Interstate 95...that car will get up and go!

stingerhook Haaa! Don't do that! Very Happy I'm sure your meatloaf was outstanding!

Brinnie !!!!! My brother! Good to hear from you. I was just thinking of you the other day and was wondering whatever happened to you. If memory serves you were flat out busy with work. I hope all is well and again great to hear from you my friend.

Thanks chaney1320. That cake is always a hit folks love it.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13 13 12:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice ride and bow and some great looking meat loaf right there..

A darn sight better than the stuff my Ma tried to pass off on me this past weekend.. Laughing Laughing
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