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Barbecued Meat Loaf

Barbecued Meat Loaf with Pale Ale

We know. It sounds crazy. Meat loaf on the grill? But give it a try. When meat loaf cooks over an open fire, the juices drip down onto the flames and create smoke, giving it a delicious flavor. It’s so good you’ll never bake a meat loaf in the oven again.

The secret to this recipe is using panko―light Japanese bread crumbs. You can find panko in any good grocery store, usually in the spice aisle or wherever bread crumbs are stocked.

Recipe directions

Prep and grill time
About 1 ¼ hours
 Serves 8 to 10
 1¼ pounds ground beef (80% lean)
1¼ pounds ground pork
2 cups panko bread crumbs
1 cup finely chopped yellow onion
1 large egg
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon dried tarragon
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

 ½ cup bottled barbecue sauce
¼ cup ketchup

1. In a large bowl, using your hands, gently combine the meat loaf ingredients. Divide the meat loaf mixture in half and form into 2 loaves, each about 4 inches wide and 6 to 7 inches long. Place the loaves on a sheet pan. Prepare the grill for indirect cooking over medium-low heat (about 300˚F).

2. In a small bowl mix the sauce ingredients. Set aside half of the sauce to serve with the meat loaf. Top each meat loaf with 3 tablespoons of the remaining sauce and coat thoroughly.

3. Brush the cooking grates clean. Using a metal spatula, gently pick up each loaf from the sheet pan and place directly on the cooking grate. Grill the meat loaves over indirect medium-low heat, with the lid closed, until a thermometer inserted horizontally through the top of each loaf registers 155°F, 50 to 60 minutes. Remove the loaves from the grill and let rest 10 to 15 minutes (during this time, the loaves will continue to cook, allowing them to reach the recommended 160°F for ground beef and pork). Cut the loaves into 1/2-inch slices and serve with the reserved sauce or on sourdough bread with melted provolone cheese.

©2008 Weber-Stephen Products Co. Recipe from Weber’s Way to Grill™ by Jamie Purviance. All rights reserved.



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