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My Sunday Cooks (lots o' pics)

Started off by smoking my first batch of bacon using my new A-Maze-N smoker. I had originally ordered some of the OHC blend pellets online. They were supposed to arrive last Wednesday. But that got pushed back. And then pushed back again till Wednesday of this week, so I cancelled my order. Ended up getting a 20lb bag of Trager apple from a local Ace Hardware store for $16. Later I found 20lb bags of B&B pellets at Academy for $12 so just an FYI if you are looking for pellets.

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Had some sharp cheddar and some medium cheddar, so I thought I'd toss them on, too. Sliced 'em up so there would be more surface area for the smoke.

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At some point later

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Let the bacon go for around 8.5 hours. Had to pull it because Mrs. G had been out of town for 8 days and requested that I cook something for her and I needed the large. Ok, didn't need to, but wanted to cook on it. Didn't have time to slice the bacon, so I vac sealed it and stuck it in the fridge overnight.

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Sliced it up yesterday. Played around with different thicknesses to see what would work best and even cut some in half to see how that would turn out.

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Was a fun little project. And tasty, allthough a bit salty. Maybe I didn't rinse the bacon enough before smoking it?

Jump back to Sunday night. Haven't done meatloaf in a while. Wanted to do something a bit different, so I came up with an Italian Meatloaf recipe. Used marinara sauce instead of ketchup or tomato sauce in the loaf, some Italian breadcrumbs and seasonings and mozzarella cheese. For the wook, I used orange chips just because I had found them at Academy that day and wanted to try them out.

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Got a glaze of marinara sauce part way through

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I wanted to have the traditional mashed potatoes with it, but I got outvoted by Mrs. G. I didn't put up much of a fight. I was just glad she was back home.

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It didn't occur to me until Mrs. G took a bite and said "This tastes like a meatball! A giant meatball in a loaf form". She was right. All the ingredients for a meatball were included, I just hadn't put two and two together to see that I had created an Italian meatball meatloaf.

 

Rowlett, Texas

Griffin's Grub or you can find me on Facebook

The Supreme Potentate, Sovereign Commander and Sultan of Wings

 

Comments

  • cazzycazzy Posts: 9,054
    Oh wow...great stuff Griff! Linguine...my favorite type of pasta now! Mostly because it's so easy to plate it beautifully, like you did.
    Just a hack that makes some $hitty BBQ....
  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 7,620
    @cazzy Mrs. G is usually in charge of plating pasta. She's much better at it than me.

    Rowlett, Texas

    Griffin's Grub or you can find me on Facebook

    The Supreme Potentate, Sovereign Commander and Sultan of Wings

     

  • WOW!  D r o o l i n g . . .   ^:)^
    I'm Kristi ~ Live in FL ~ BGE since 2003.
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  • Nice! What recipe did you use to cure the bacon?
  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 7,620
    The one from Charcuterie. We went savory, though, not sweet. Added in a bit more garlic and black pepper than called for.

    Rowlett, Texas

    Griffin's Grub or you can find me on Facebook

    The Supreme Potentate, Sovereign Commander and Sultan of Wings

     

  • I should try that out... Did a brown sugar / maple syrup cure last time, came out great too
  • insanehinsaneh Posts: 112
    Tasty looking stuff right there.
    Dead smack in the middle of NH
  • RACRAC Posts: 1,688

    Man that look's good. Sure would like to try some bacon. Need to start researching the process.


    Ricky

    Boerne, TX

  • MickeyMickey Posts: 18,611
    Dear BFF, please drop off my part in Salado.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • jls9595jls9595 Posts: 1,528
    How was the smoke flavor with the meatloaf?
    In Manchester, TN
    Vol For Life!
  • Chris_WangChris_Wang Posts: 1,253
    Impressive as always.

    Ball Ground, GA

    ATL Sports Homer

     

  • calikingcaliking Posts: 10,112
    Saw this in the morning but was in a hurry so couldn't comment until now, but damnit i've been thinking about eyetalian meatball meatloaf all day ! 

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 7,620

    @jls9595 went well with it. Ground beef really absorbs smoke like a sponge, so I tossed less than a handful in right at the beginning. I think orange is a pretty delicate wood like the rest of the fruit woods out there.

    @Chris_Wang Thank you Sir

     

    Rowlett, Texas

    Griffin's Grub or you can find me on Facebook

    The Supreme Potentate, Sovereign Commander and Sultan of Wings

     

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