Meatloaf TV Dinner Part 1: The smoked meatloaf

Anita and I picked up some old lunch trays at the antique mall recently. Ever since then we’ve been wanting to make a TV dinner-like meal. We settled on this outstanding combination of smoked meatloaf, scratch mashed potatoes with gravy, fantastic herbed peas and carrots, and a light apple pie wonton crunch.Meatloaf TV Dinner Part 1 - The smoked meatloaf

In this part 1 of our dinner, we’ll make the meatloaf. This was made on the smoker, but you could also make it on a grill (over indirect heat), or in your oven. The original recipe came from a Texas BBQ Rub newsletter. You should try their rubs – they’re great! And sign up for their newsletter. It’s always full of great recipes, like this one!

Mashed potatoes and gravy recipe
Herbed peas and carrots recipe

Meatloaf TV Dinner Part 1: The smoked meatloaf

Fantastic meatloaf. Absolutely the best meatloaf you'll ever eat.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 45 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8 -10
Author Texas BBQ Rub

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds of ground beef
  • 1 medium white onion minced
  • 1 medium green bell pepper minced
  • 1 medium jalapeno pepper minced
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 stack Ritz crackers crushed
  • 1 cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup of your favorite rub recommended: Texas BBQ Rub
  • 1 cup of Worcestershire sauce yes, 1 cup!
  • 1/4 cup of liquid smoke only if baking in the oven
  • Large loaf pan aluminum if smoking or grilling
  • 1 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce I used Grandma Foster's Smooth and Spicy

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F if cooking in the oven.
  • If smoking or grilling, cut a few slits about 1/2" up from the bottom in the pan so that the excess fat can drip out.
  • Mix all ingredients except for the BBQ sauce in a large bowl.
  • Place mixture into baking pan. Form into a loaf.

For the smoker or grill

  • Smoke or grill at 225 F for 2-3 hours.
  • Spread BBQ sauce over top of loaf and return to smoker or grill for another 30-45 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 170 F.

For the oven

  • Bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  • Spread BBQ sauce over top of loaf and return to the oven and bake another 10 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 170 F.

2 thoughts on “Meatloaf TV Dinner Part 1: The smoked meatloaf

  1. The meatloaf looks outstanding but I LOVE the old lunch trays. Those are too cool. I was looking for some of those awhile back, but somehow got distracted (ADD), quit looking and never bought any. Might have to go out and score a few.

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