Jeff Phillips’ Smoked Meatloaf


Jeff Phillips' Smoked Meatloaf

The meatloaf was smoked on a silicone smoker mat purchased from QVC. It has really come in handy for a variety of recipes including fish and pork chops.

This is a recipe from smoked foodie author Jeff Phillips. Jeff really knows his way around BBQ – I followed the recipe exactly and it was an instant success.
I’ve included links for his book, as well as his rub and sauce recipes.

Ingredients:
1 lb ground chuck (80/20)
1 lb ground breakfast sausage, hot or regular
1/2 cup bell pepper (yellow, green, red mixed), diced
1/2 cup yellow onion, diced (1 small onion)
1/2 cup celery, diced
2 TBS olive oil
2 slices of loaf bread or a hamburger bun top and bottom
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 large eggs
Jeff’s barbecue sauce recipe (purchase recipes here)
Jeff’s original rub recipe (purchase recipes here)

 

Preparation:
Step 1: Soak Bread

Take two slices of loaf bread or the top and bottom half of a bun and tear it into small pieces.
With the bread in a small bowl, pour ½ cup of buttermilk over the bread. The bread will soak up the buttermilk and this will be part of what makes the meatloaf so moist.
Once the milk is soaked in, crack a couple of large eggs onto the bread mixture. Stir gently to combine.
Set aside

Step 2: Saute Vegetables

Dice bell peppers, onion and celery so that you end up with about ½ cup of each.
If you have extra, place them in a zip top bag and place them in the freezer for later.
Put 2 TBS of olive oil into a skillet over medium heat.
Once the pan is hot enough, pour in the onions, peppers and celery and stir to mix with the oil.
Let them cook for about 10 minutes or until the vegetables start to get slightly soft.
Once the veggies are finished cooking, remove them from the pan and into a plate or bowl to cool.
Add ½ cup of Jeff’s barbecue sauce and 3 TBS of Jeff’s rub to the sautéed vegetables. Stir to combine.

Step 3: Mix the Meatloaf

Place the 1 pound of ground chuck and 1 pound of ground sausage into a large mixing bowl.
Add the bread, buttermilk and egg mixture to the top of the meat.
Add the vegetable, sauce and rub mixture to the top of the meat as well.
Add 1 teaspoon of salt to the top of the mixture and gently combine the ingredients together.
Do not overmix. Do just enough to combine and stop. Overworking the meatloaf mixture will make it tough.

Step 4: Form Into a Loaf

Pour or scoop the mixture onto a cookie sheet, food grade butcher paper, etc. and form into a loaf with your hands.
You can also place the mixture into a loaf pan to form it and then dump it out onto the pan, rack or tray that you will use to cook it.
You will notice that this mixture may be a little wetter than what you are used to using but that’s ok. It will form and hold together just fine.
I recommend about 2 inches thick in the shape of a rectangle but you can get creative with this if you like.
If using a Bradley rack, I recommend placing a piece of wax paper under the meat so it will be easier to remove once done.

Step 5: Smoke the Meatloaf

Set up your smoker for cooking at about 225-240°F using indirect heat with hickory smoke or whatever smoking wood you have available.
If your smoker has a water pan, I recommend that you use it.
Once your smoker is maintaining the proper temperature, the cooking can commence.
Place the meatloaf in the smoker.
Let the loaf cook for 3-4 hours or until it reaches about 155°F.

Step 6: Top with Sauce

At about 155°F, brush the top and sides of the meatloaf with plenty of Jeff’s barbecue sauce. Give it about 25-30 minutes to caramelize then remove from the smoker.
Finish temperature for meatloaf is actually 160°F but knowing that it will continue to cook and rise in temperature even after being removed from the smoker, it is ok to remove it a few degrees early.

Step 7: Rest and Serve

Once the meat is brought into the house, tent some foil over the top and let it rest for 15-20 minutes before slicing and serving. This resting period gives the juices in the meat time to redistribute throughout the meat.

 

Helpful Tips:
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 3-4 hours
Smoker temperature: 240°F
Meat Finish temperature: 160°F
Recommended wood: Hickory or Apple

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Tejas Potato Chips


This is a recipe I reverse-engineered after my stay at the University of Texas in Austin. These homestyle chips were served at the Carillon Bar and Grill in the AT&T campus hotel. A killer complement to smoked brisket and fine tequila.

Ingredients:

4 large potatoes, scrubbed and sliced into thin planks
3 tbs. salt
2 quarts cold water

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2 tbs. ground smoked paprika
2 tbs. ground ancho chili
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. Lawry’s salt
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. ground coriander
1/2 tsp. white pepper
1/4 tsp. ground cayenne pepper
(makes a little more than 1/3 cup)

Directions:

Prepare dry spices and set aside.

Place two quarts of cold water in a large pot. Add three tbs. salt and mix well. Scrub the potatoes and leave the skins on. Slice in to thin planks with a mandolin and add to the salted water.
Leave in the water for at least 1/2 hour. Drain and rinse with cold water. Repeat.

Heat 1.25 quarts vegetable oil in a large cast-iron pot until temperature reaches 375° F.
Add the chips in two batches, stirring occasionally with a Chinese spider strainer, for about 15 minutes until golden brown. Remove and drain on paper towel.
Add the chips to a shaker bag with about 2 tbs. of the dry spices and shake until well coated. Serve immediately.

Serves 6

Arizona Baked Corn Dip


Arizona Baked Corn Dip | Culinary Compost Recipes

This is a great recipe that keeps well when reheated the second day. The green chili and jalapeño add just the right amount of zip for even the pickiest guests.

And now for my helpful tip: Being the chef who actually made this stunning appetizer, you have first dibs. Strategically grab a ginormous serving spoon — or better yet, a gravy ladle. Cut to the front of the line, load up a plate and don’t worry about embarrassing yourself — you’re going to be eating that much anyway, so you might as well beat everyone else to it. Trust me, they’ll respect you for it.

 

Ingredients:

1 can, 15-1/4 oz. whole kernel corn – drained
2 cans, 4 oz. each, chopped green chilis, drained
1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
1 cup (4 oz.) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
2 tbs fresh chopped jalapeño pepper
1 cup mayo (please do this dish justice and don’t go with the low-fat version)
1/2 cup grated Mexican Cotija cheese (Nuestro Queso is an excellent brand) or hard Parmesan
1 4 oz. can sliced black olives, drained

Snack tortilla chips or crackers

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350° F.
In a bowl, combine the corn, chilis, red pepper, Monterey Jack cheese and fresh jalapeño. Stir in the mayo and grated Cotija or Parmesan cheese. Mix well.

Transfer to an ungreased 2-qt. square baking dish and level with a spatula. Sprinkle the black olives on top. Bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes or until heated through, slightly brown and bubbly, with most of the liquid cooked off. Remove from the oven and let stand for ten minutes to set before serving.

Serve hot with tortilla chips or party crackers.

Serves 6-8.

Beer-Battered Cod & Chips


If you’ve never lived in Wisconsin, you’ve missed out on a perennial favorite… the venerable “Friday Fish Fry.” Nobody outside of this state will know what the hell you are talking about if you ask for one. A seasonal favorite served on Fridays before Easter. This recipe also works well with haddock.

Ingredients:

4 large russet potatoes
3 quarts vegetable oil
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 tsp. salt, divided
2 tsp. pepper, divided
2 tsp. garlic powder, divided
10 ounce ice cold English ale or club soda
2 large eggs, beaten
1-1/2 pounds skinless, boneless cod or haddock fillets cut into 2 inch bite size pieces
Malt vinegar
Lemon wedges

Preparation:

Cut peeled potatoes in half lengthwise; cut each half lengthwise again into 1/2″ thick wedges, placing potatoes into ice water as you work. Soak 20 minutes to an hour and then drain and blot dry with paper towels. This removes the starch.

In a large mixing bowl, blend the flour, baking powder, 1 tsp. salt and pepper, and 1 tsp. garlic powder. Add the ale and mix until smooth. Fold in the beaten eggs. Set aside for 15 minutes.

While the potatoes are soaking, fill a deep fat fryer or 6 quart, heavy saucepan with oil to a depth of 5-6 inches. Using a frying thermometer, slowly heat oil to a temperature of 325F.

Fry half of the potatoes until they just begin to turn golden around the edges, about 4-5 minutes. Remove chips with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels in a single layer until cool to the touch; repeat with the remaining wedges, allowing oil temperature to return to 325F before adding more. Raise oil temperature to 360F and preheat oven to 250F.

Re-fry potatoes in 3-4 batches (this keeps the oil from cooling too much) moving them constantly until crisp and golden, about 2 minutes. Allow oil to return to 360F between batches. Remove from oil and drain; transfer to paper to drain again, place in a single layer on a baking sheet and keep warm in the preheated oven.

Season 5 to 6 pieces of fish with salt and pepper, dredge in seasoned flour (using remaining 1 tsp. salt, pepper and garlic powder) and dip into the batter. Allow excess batter to drip off and then slip carefully into the hot oil. Cook 4 to 5 minutes or until crisp, deeply golden brown and cooked through with a moist interior. Remove from oil, and transfer to a baking sheet lined with paper towels. Keep warm while frying remaining fish in batches.

Serve with salt, lemon and malt vinegar.

Serves: 4