There are not many blogs out there dedicated to cooking on a pellet smoker. I have been cooking, grilling & smoking over 35 yrs now. I recently bought a Traeger Lil Tex Elite pellet smoker & have cooked on it over six yrs. now. I would like to share recipes & info I have gained from cooking on it.
Update 2014: I have plenty of recipes here for the pellet smoker so I am now including other outdoor cooking and some of my indoor cooking too.
I had mixed kimchi in a beef burger and loved it so my next
try with it would be a meatloaf. I searched the net for some ideas on other
seasonings to add. I ran across a recipe from ladyandpup.com for a kimchi
meatloaf sandwich topped with cheese on some good toasted bread. I decided I
wanted to use her recipe. I changed some on her ingredients and the cooking
I used 1 ¾ pounds 80-20 ground beef and added a bacon beef
burger I had. I had to use fresh baby bella mushrooms, I could not find dried.
I chopped and soaked them in half and half. I left out the ginger and the corn
starch. I knew I could not find dashi so
used a teaspoon of chicken bouillon granules.
I could not find Korean Gochujang for the glaze so I used
Mae Ploy sweet Korean sauce, it was sweet but had a little heat to it.
I made up the meatloaf a few hours early and in the fridge.
I think some chill time helps hold it together. I made up the corn casserole
then put the glazed meatloaf in the oven at 485 deg. for 11 minutes to start
browning and then it went in my Traeger heated to 325 deg. I put the casserole
in the smoker too. Total cook time was 1 hour 20 minutes for an IT of 160 deg.
for the meatloaf. I brushed on some more of the glaze after 1 hour.
I sliced the meatloaf for two sandwiches, topped with a
slice of Swiss cheese and some Mexican blend shredded cheese. I placed under
the broiler to melt the cheese, and had the bread toasting in my steel skillet.
For me this is easier than browning the whole sandwich and having to flip.
I served the sandwiches with the corn casserole and some
marinated tomatoes, onions, and cucumbers.
For me the sandwich was great. My wife who does not like
kimchi even thought it was good.