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Meatloaf on the Grill (Ultimate Recipe Swap)

Posted By Jessica Fisher On May 25, 2011 @ 7:33 pm In URS | 21 Comments

Ultimate Recipe Swap

Whether you call it barbeque, cooking out, or grilling, cooking food over an open flame adds a different level of flavor that you don’t find when you broil, bake, or pan fry foods. As summer approaches, it’s a nice way to cook dinner without heating up the kitchen — and if the weather’s nice, then it’s a great excuse to get out of doors.

Hot off the grill at our house is Meatloaf. Yes, really. I had meatloaf on my freezer cooking list for this week and wondered what it would be like if I grilled it, instead of baking it in the oven. Our grill, a Holland Heritage Grill [4] is an odd bird. It cooks like an oven, so I knew it would probably work.

I made two one-pound meatloaves and wrapped them in foil. (This is the great make-ahead part of this meal.)

Then near dinnertime, I threw them both on the grill, wrapped. Since this was an experiment, I left one wrapped longer than the other. I recommend unwrapping the foil after about 15 or 20 minutes. Then the covered heat of the grill should brown the top of the meat. The foil-wrapped meatloaf looked a little boiled, while the uncovered one developed a nice brown crust.

At this point you could baste the meatloaf with a sauce, but we like it plain. Once I knew it was done, I took it off the foil and let the grill brown it. I don’t think that really had much of an effect.

I also am not sure that this is a super-economical way to cook your dinner. Propane can be expensive and your oven may be more efficient than your grill.

This method does grant you a few things:

  • an easy make ahead meal, dare I say, Freezer Meal?
  • an option out of a hot kitchen
  • a hearty meal to take camping

What do YOU like to cook on the grill?

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