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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25 15 11:56 am    Post subject: Meatloaf question Reply with quote

I've been cooking meatloaf on the smoker and the Weber for awhile. Its just a simple one with 1 pound Italian sauage and 1 pound Costco hamburger with some onion, tomato paste, salt, pepper, bread crumbs, 1 egg. No bell pepper or carrots. Mix it up good and form into a loaf. No pan. I set it on foil with some holes punched in for drainage so it gets some smoke flavor. The problem is that it falls apart somewhat when you slice or eat it. Some come out better than others and it tastes good. Not dry either. Its just that it crumbles. Any ideas on whats going on?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25 15 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's mine http://www.thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=64998

Normally if it's falling apart, either you have too much breadcrumbs or not enough binder, try 2 eggs and work the meat together more.

The other thing I always do is chill the meatloaf in the freezer before I smoke it, 30 - 45 minutes is enough.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25 15 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just add an egg and you will be fine.
Here is my version of a great meat loaf...stays together with the two eggs.
http://www.thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=67928&highlight=meatloaf
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25 15 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What these gents said. I also make mine the night before and let it set up overnight I have never had a problem with it falling apart. Link below.

http://www.thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=38653&highlight=meatloaf

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 26 15 6:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, possibly more egg, less breadcrumbs, maybe even substitute tomato BASE for the paste.....if the paste is for flavor, it also adds a different kind of moisture......see this post I just stuck up for a fella looking for something new for dinner.....

http://www.thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=68236&highlight=personal+turkey

fine chopped mushroom adds the right kind of moisture, but somehow doesn't interfere with the binding.....

A slightly higher heat, slightly shorter cook time might also help some?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 26 15 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks all for the help and the links. I'm going to try one thing at a time and see how it goes. I'll have pics and update in the near future.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 30 15 5:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jeepdad's meatloaf recipe was life-changing for me. Follow it and you can't go wrong!!!!! Smile
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