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  • fzxdoc
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    Bacon-Covered Smoked Meatloaf on the PBC

    Kathryn's Bacon Covered Smoked Meatloaf on the PBC

    Makes three (3) 2lb 12 oz meatloaves

    (adapted from http://www.afeastfortheeyes.net/2011...-its-best.html)

    Ingredients:
    2 Tbl Olive Oil
    3 cups onion, chopped
    6 garlic cloves, minced
    4 large eggs
    1 cup milk
    4 tsp Dijon mustard
    2 tsp hot sauce
    1 tsp dried marjoram
    1 tsp dried thyme
    1 tsp salt (or more to taste)
    1/2 tsp pepper
    2 lbs ground beef
    2 lbs ground pork
    1 lb ground bison
    3 cups dried breadcrumbs
    1/4 to 1/3 cup dried parsley or 1 cup fresh parsley, minced
    18 slices center cut bacon, thin-sliced

    Instructions:
    1. Add oil to skillet over moderate heat. Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
    2. Add garlic and cook less than 1 minute, until you can just smell its fragrance.
    3. Set skillet aside to cool
    4. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, mustard, milk and hot sauce together. Add the marjoram, thyme, salt and pepper.
    5. In a large mixing bowl, combine the meats. Add the milk-egg mixture, bread crumbs, parsley and the cooled onion mixture and mix well.
    6. Optional: Take a teaspoon-sized lump of the mixture, flatten it and cook it in the skillet you used for the onions. Taste. Adjust seasonings.
    7. Line three pans with plastic wrap. I use Rubbermaid plastic storage containers, 2.2 liters in size.
    8. Evenly divide the meatloaf among the 3 containers, pressing down so that the mixture conforms to the container.
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    9. Put containers in the freezer for 1 hour while you prepare the smoker
    10. Pulling on the plastic wrap, remove the firmed meatloaves from the containers and turn them onto an oiled grate. The third meatloaf will be smoked after the first two are finished.
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    11. Place 6 slices of bacon on each meatloaf.
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    12. Place in smoker and cook until temp reaches 160 deg F. Pit Barrel Cooker at 315 ave temp: 1hour 15 minutes. After removing the meatloaves from the PBC, put the other one in. At a lower temp 270 deg F, the second cook may take 2 hours.
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    13. Place smoked meatloaves under a broiler for 1 minute to crisp up the bacon.

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    Enjoy!!!

    Kathryn

    P.S. I would like to give a shout out to Jerod whose bacon-covered meatloaf pictures over on the general PBC topic (not The Pit) several months ago inspired me to work up this recipe and technique. Thanks, Jerod!
    Last edited by fzxdoc; July 30th, 2017, 06:45 AM.
  • Jerod Broussard
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    #2
    You only have 86 more ingredients, and one more species than me.

    Forget Little Caesar's, "Pizza Pizza." You have, "Bison bison."

    Geez that barrel is CLEAN!!!!

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    • fzxdoc
      fzxdoc commented
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      You keep saying how clean my barrel is. I haven't cooked the equivalent of several full steers and hogs in it like you have! I'm always eating your dust, PBC-wise. Seriously though, thanks for the continued inspiration.

      K.
  • cdnichol
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    #3
    Looking nice Kathryn!!! Do you have pictures of it sliced up?

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    • fzxdoc
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      #4
      I have these photos, cdnichol, but you can't really see the nice smoke ring on it. It sure eats good!

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      Kathryn
      Last edited by fzxdoc; May 22nd, 2016, 05:37 PM.

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      • cdnichol
        cdnichol commented
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        It's looks incredible... I could go for a Meatloaf Sandwich right now

        Cam

      • The Burn
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        That plate was like an optical illusion to me - at first glance I thought those were probe wires running out of the meatloaf and potato :-)
    • _John_
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      #5
      Looks great, thanks for posting. My PBC is really pretty dirty though a lot has fused with the barrel. I got it in April and I calculated a little while that I've run through just about a half ton of food since then, mostly pork.
      Surprisingly the lid is what I have to clean the most, moisture gets on it and it will rain down when you heat it back up if you get too much.

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      • fzxdoc
        fzxdoc commented
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        Wow, half a ton of meat. I've had my PBC since June and I don't think I've cooked close to that much. I should tally it up and see, just for grins 'n giggles.

        How do you clean your PBC, John? Noah says it doesn't need to be cleaned but I wonder, especially since you make the comment moisture accumulates on the lid. I wouldn't want that residue dripping on my meats.

        Kathryn

      • _John_
        _John_ commented
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        I wipe the lid down after every cook, and have power washed it twice, mostly to remove the ash that accumulates when dumping. The sides get like a shell, power washer doesn't come close to getting it off, gonna try to get it back to new before starting next year though.

      • fzxdoc
        fzxdoc commented
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        I don't dump ash; I like using the two layers of aluminum foil under the basket, folding the cooled ash up into an Al foil envelope, and tossing it in the trash.

        Jerod uses an ash pan under the basket and Ernest uses a big pizza pan, as I recall.

        Kathryn
        Last edited by fzxdoc; December 8th, 2014, 07:19 AM.
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      #6
      I'm gonna have to try this! Looks great.

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      • fzxdoc
        fzxdoc commented
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        Carol, once you try it you'll never make another meatloaf in the oven!

        Kathryn

      • carolts
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        When I told my husband about this, he looked at me with a straight face and said, "How do you keep it from falling off the hooks?" He loves to tease me about the PBC but looks forward to every time I crank it up.

      • fzxdoc
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        My husband says I spent $300 on the PBC and $500 on toys for it. Whenever I fire it up, though, he comes sniffing out of the man cave like a hungry woodland animal.

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      #7
      Thanks for posting Kathryn!! looks amazing. How do you keep your Barrel so clean. Mine is no where near that and I've only had it for about a month. I do cook a lot of food on it but probably not as much as you have on yours, since Iv only had one for a month. Anyway, great work!!!!!
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      • fzxdoc
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        You're welcome, Spinaker. My PBC (delivered in June) was replaced when I discovered some rust on the lid after only two cooks. Noah and Amber from the PBC Co. sent me a whole new PBC instead of just replacing the lid. Talk about customer service!

        I received the new one in September, as I recall, so I've only been using it for just over 2 months. I cooked the heck out of the first PBC, though, right up until the day I shipped it back (free of charge) to Noah and Amber. Then I broke in the new one right away and have never looked back.

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    • 7x57mm
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      #8
      fzxdoc , I made your bacon wrapped, smoked meatloaf on the kettle this evening. I'm still dizzy and weak kneed....sooooo delicious!

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        #9
        I'm glad you liked it, 7x57mm . It's a family favorite for us.

        Kathryn

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        • TheGrizMan
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          #10
          Made this for the first time, I even took pictures but continue to struggle with uploading them (if I figure it out, I'll post them!)! Anyway, with the 3 loaves, we kept one, gave one to our neighbor and one to friends. Everyone said it was the best meatloaf they've ever had! The bison was on quick sale and even then it was pretty penny! I lucked out that it was reduced to sell, ha ha! Thanks for such a wonderful recipe fzxdoc !

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          • fzxdoc
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            #11
            TheGrizMan I'm glad the recipe worked out for you. I like the rich flavor that the bison brings, but you could just substitute ground beef with lower fat content for it. There will be plenty of fat from the 80/20 ground beef and ground pork already in the recipe. Sounds like you made family, neighbors and friends happy with your cook. Congrats on being a BBQ hero!

            Kathryn

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            • cgrover60
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              #12
              Beautifully done. Gotta love meatloaf on the PBC.

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                #13
                Can't stop thinking about the next days sandwich at lunch

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                  #14
                  Dayyumm! Yer killing me here, Kathryn! I think I shorted out my monitor from licking the pictures!

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                    #15
                    Alright, this is on the list to do on my WSM!

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                    • Craigar
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                      Thanks for the info. Once I'm able to expand the patio area for an outdoor kitchen, I will have to take a serious look at the Hasty-Bake.

                    • ecowper
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                      Hasty-Bake makes a version of their cooker that can be built in to an outdoor kitchen Craigar .... Just saying :-)

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                      Whoa! I overlooked those bad boys. Nice!

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                  The Good-One Is A Superb Grill And A Superb Smoker All In One

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                  The Good-One Open Range is a charcoal grill with an offset smoke chamber attached. It is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. The grill sits low in front and doubles as a firebox for the smoke chamber which is spliced on above and behind so it can work like a horizontal offset smoker only better. By placing the heat source behind and under the smokebox instead of off to the side, Open Range produces even temperature from left to right, something almost impossible to achieve with a standard barrel shaped offset.

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                  Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

                  Griddle And Deep Fryer All In One

                  The flat top does the burgers and the fryer does the fries. Use the griddle for bacon, eggs, and home fries. Or pancakes, fajitas, grilled cheese, you name it. Why stink up the house deep frying and spatter all over? Do your fried chicken and calamari outside. Blackstone's Rangetop Combo With Deep Fryer does it all. Plus it has a built in cutting board, garbage bag holder, and paper towel holder. An additional work table on the left side provides plenty of counter space.

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                  Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

                  The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy

                  The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It is absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world. Period. This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers in the hardware stores because temperature control is so much easier. Best of all, it is only $299 delivered to your door!

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                  Compact Powerful Sear Machine For Your Next Tailgater

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                  Char-Broil's Grill2Go x200 is a super-portable, fun little sizzler made of heavy, rust-proof cast aluminum. The lid snaps shut. Grab the handle and you're off to the party! Char-Broil's TRU-Infrared design produces searing heat while reducing fuel consumption. A 16 ounce LP gas canister is enough to keep you flipping burgers for hours.

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                  The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted

                  NK-22-Ck Grill

                  Their NK22CK-C Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It's hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the NK22CK-C a viable alternative.

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                  GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone

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                  GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, keep small foods from committing suicide, kill hotspots, are easier to clean, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily removed and moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke to whatever is above. Every gas grill needs them.

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                  kareubequ bbq smoker

                  Our Favorite Backyard Smoker

                  The amazing Karubecue is the most innovative smoker in the world. The quality of meat from this machine is astonishing. At its crux is a patented firebox that burns logs above the cooking chamber and sucks heat and extremely clean blue smoke into the thermostat controlled oven. It is our favorite smoker, period.

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                  Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

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                  The First Propane Smoker With A Thermostat Makes This Baby Foolproof

                  Set ThermoTemp's dial from 175° to 350°F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin'.

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                  PK 360 grill

                  Is This Superb Charcoal Grill A Kamado Killer?

                  The PK-360, with 360 square inches of cooking space, this rust free, cast aluminum charcoal grill is durable and easy to use. Four-way venting means it's easy to set up for two zone cooking with more control than single vent Kamado grills. It is much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado. Beautifully designed and completely portable. Meathead says it is his preferrred grill.

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                  Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

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                  With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, Fireboard is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.

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                  Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

                  Green Mountain Davey Crockett Grill

                  Green Mountain's portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it's also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.

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