Black Cherry Smoked Meatloaf

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Black Cherry Smoked Meatloaf
Black Cherry Smoked Meatloaf

Black Cherry Smoked Meatloaf

I used my favorite meatloaf recipe and tweaked it decided to bring it up a notch by replacing my normal tomato sauce ingredient with Lucille's New Orleans Nippy Bloody Mary Mix. I also smoked the meatloaves using the new CookinPellets Black Cherry wood pellets. The results? The taste? ... Fantastic ...

I often use Lucille's New Orleans Nippy dry Bloody Mary Mix in many of my recipes and the results have never disappointed me cause they always turn out exceptionally delicious!! Next time you want to serve your family and friends a meatloaf that will leave them craving for more then I check out this recipe.

GMG Davy Crockett Meatloaf
GMG Davy Crockett Meatloaf
Meatloaf Smokin'
Meatloaf Smokin'
Meatloaves Smoked to Perfection
Meatloaves Smoked to Perfection

Meatloaf Ingredients:

1 lb Jimmy Dean Pork Sausage, 1 lb 80/20 Hamburger, diced red onions, 2 eggs, 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs, tsp granulated garlic, tsp salt, tsp pepper, and 1 cup of Lucille's New Orleans Nippy Bloody Mary Mix

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients and form into two 1 pound loaves

Preheat Green Mountain Grill Davy Crockett wood pellet smoker-grill to 200ºF using CookinPellets Black Cherry wood pellets. Smoke the meatloaves for an hour at 200ºF before bumping the Davy Crockett pit temperature to 350ºF until the internal temperatures of the meatloaves reach 160ºF. Rest the loaves loosely under a foil tent for 15 minutes before serving ... For planning purposes it took about 2¾ hours from start to finish.

Sliced Smoked Meatloaf
Sliced Smoked Meatloaf
Meatloaf, diced tomatoes & fried zucchini
Meatloaf, diced tomatoes & fried zucchini

Kippered Salmon – Wood Pellet Smoker-Grill

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Kippered Salmon
Kippered Salmon

Kippered Salmon

This is my version of Kippered Salmon which involves first cold smoking the salmon at lower temperatures in my MAK 2 Star Super Smoker Box before finishing the salmon at the traditional temperature of 180ºF in the pit.

Started by preheating the MAK 2 Star pit temp to 180ºF using CookinPellets Premium 100% Hickory. The 180ºF MAK 2 Star pit temperature equated to the Super Smoker Box being at a temp of 100ºF. Note that the ambient temperature will affect the smoker box temp. During the 2nd hour I increased the pit temp to 225ºF and then to 275ºF for the 3rd hour. The internal temperature of the kippered salmon was at 99ºF at this point. Lowered the MAK 2 Star pit temp to 180ºF and transferred the cold smoked salmon to the pit area to finish the kippering process.

Brined Salmon Filets
Brined Salmon Filets
Salmon with pellicles
Salmon with pellicles
MAK 2 Star with Super Smoker Box
MAK 2 Star with Super Smoker Box

Started out by brining the salmon for 8 hours using Mr Yoshida Traditional Teriyaki Marinade & Cooking Sauce in a 1 gallon ziploc bag. Turned the salmon every hour in order to ensure that every piece of salmon was evenly brined. Yes, there are a zillion recipes for brine out there but now and then I like to take the easy way out and Mr Yoshida's is a great product.

Removed the salmon from the brine and lightly patted them with a paper towel. Placed them uncovered on a tray in the refrigerator for 8 hours in order to allow pellicles to form. A pellicle is a skin or coating of proteins on the surface of fish that will attract more smoke to adhere to it.

Smoking Salmon
Smoking Salmon
Kippered Salmon
Kippered Salmon

Pulled Pork Stuffed Peppers

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Pulled Pork Stuffed Peppers
Pulled Pork Stuffed Peppers

Pulled Pork Stuffed Peppers

Now that you've enjoyed your fill of that succulent CookinPellets Apple Mash smoked pulled pork you have to deal with all those leftovers. Since pulled pork lends itself well to being vacuum sealed I sealed portions of it for future use in casseroles, tacos, enchiladas, sliders, etc.

These pulled pork stuffed bell peppers turned out wonderful and moist. I chose not to par boil my bell peppers which provided a nice little crunch to them. If you prefer your bell peppers more on the done side then I recommend you par boil them for 6 minutes before stuffing. Stay tuned for more leftovers pulled pork recipes.

Bell Pepper Stuffing
Bell Pepper Stuffing
Stuffed Peppers in GMG Davy Crockett
Stuffed Peppers in GMG Davy Crockett

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of Apple smoked pulled pork
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup diced red onions
  • ½ cup diced celery
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese (used to top the peppers)
  • 4 slices of cooked bacon (used to top the peppers)
  • 12 diced black olives
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder

Instructions:

  • Par boil bell peppers for 6 minutes (Optional)
  • Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl
  • Stuff each bell pepper with mixture
  • Top each stuffed bell pepper with shredded mozzarella cheese and a slice of the bacon
  • Place stuffed peppers in a small foil pan
  • Preheat your Green Mountain Grill Davy Crockett to 225ºF with CookinPellets Apple Mash pellets
  • Smoke the stuffed peppers for 30 minutes
  • Raise the temperature of the Davy Crockett to 350ºF
  • Cook the stuffed peppers for 45 minutes
  • Rest the stuffed peppers for 15 minutes before serving

Apple Smoked Pork Butt Roast vs Pulled Pork

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Apple Smoked Pork Butt Roast
Apple Smoked Pork Butt Roast
Apple Smoked Pulled Pork
Apple Smoked Pulled Pork

Apple Smoked Pork Butt Roast vs Pulled Pork

I started years ago using the "Texas Crutch" when smoking Pork Butts. The Texas Crutch is a technique that helps you to overcome the dreaded nasty old Stall. It involves double wrapping the butts with foil and returning them to the pit. The stall, for those of you not familiar with it, is when a large piece of meat or poultry stalls around an internal temperature of 150ºF to 160ºF. The stall reflects the slow rending of fat and the meat meat proteins are denaturing which begins the tenderizing and breaking down of the protein.

I smoke pork loins for 2 distinct recipes - A Pork Butt Roast and Pulled Pork. For the most part both recipes are identical up to the point of the Texas Crutch. However, the pork butt roast is removed when it reaches an internal temperature of 187ºF and the pulled pork is removed when it reaches an internal temperature of 205ºF.

The other major difference is that the pork butt roast is rested for 15 minutes whereas the pulled pork is rested (FTC) for 3 to 4 hours. FTC (Foil, Towel, Cooler) involves taking the foil wrapped 205ºF pork butt and wrapping it up in a large towel before placing it in a cooler for 3 to 4 hours. The pork butt roast is sliced against the grain versus being pulled.

Which is better? Depends on your preference but I'm going to wuss out and say that I enjoy both of them equally. The texture and their uses are different and so are the sides but lordly lordly do they ever taste scrumptious. CookinPellets Apple Mash pellets and Pork are a great combination.

Pork Butts Smokin' at 225ºF
Pork Butts at 160ºF Internal Temp

Started with two 7lb Costco Boneless Pork Butts. Trimmed the small fat cap and any silver skin from both butts. Unlike some, who believe that the melting fat cap bastes the pork as it's being smoked/cooked, I am in the camp that prefers to have clean pork butts because any portion of the butts that are covered with fat will not form any bark. Let's face it, the bark is one of the tastiest part of any pork roast or pulled pork.

Rubbed the pork butts liberally with roasted garlic extra virgin olive oil and Jan's Dry Rub. Wrapped the seasoned butts with plastic wrap and refrigerated overnight.

Preheated my MAK 2 Star wood pellet smoker-grill to 225ºF with CookinPellets Apple Mash pellets. Smoked the pork butts for 2 hours before bumping the MAK 2 Star pit temperature to 350ºF. Removed the pork butts when their internal temperature reached 160ºF. Double wrapped the pork butts in heavy duty foil and returned them to the pit.

Rested Pork Butt Roast
Pork Butt after 3 hr FTC

The Apple smoked pork butt roast was taken to an internal temperature of 187ºF before being removed an rested for 15 minutes. Why 187ºF you ask? Many moons ago I attended a smoking/cooking class and a stick burner served us a pork butt roast which he cooked to 187ºF. I figured that with his experience he knew better than I did so since then I have always taken them to that temp. Yes, there is something magical about that temp ...

The only thing left was to take the other pork butt to 205ºF before pulling it and starting the FTC process. The left image below is the pork butt roast and the one on the right is the pork butt after the FTC. Note that the one being pulled is flaking some by itself.

Both pork butts turned out exquisite ... next time you smoke/cook multiple pork butts take one out at 187ºF and check it out!!

CookinPellets Premium 100% Sweet Maple Review

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Premium Sweet Maple
Premium Sweet Maple
Maple Smoked Brats
Maple Smoked Brats

CookinPellets Premium 100% Sweet Maple Review

Over a dozen years ago the "Pellet Guy" (owner of CookinPellets.com) bought his first wood pellet smoker-grill. He soon discovered that when using the manufacturer's pellets, the overall experience didn't meet his expectations. The smoke flavor was just ok ... just ok was not going to work so he built a small mill to experiment with different wood combinations.

The rest is history - CookinPellets.com has vowed to make the best premium pellets for a fair price! My experience has shown that they more than achieved their vow.

For over 4 years, CookinPellets has been a top selling brand, Highest Rated and #1 Best Seller on Amazon.com. You can also find their pellets at local dealers across the US, Canada, and making a foothold in Europe.

Brats in GMG
Brats in GMG
Brats Smoked with Maple
Brats Smoked with Maple

Over the last 12 plus years I have used a vast amount of different wood pellet flavors from a large number of  manufacturers. All of those pellets contained between 70 to 75% base wood (Oak or Alder) and only 25 - 30% flavor hard wood. Some of the results I achieved over the years were ok to good but nothing compared to the results I have achieved with Premium Perfect Mix and Premium 100% Hickory. The Perfect Mix consists of nothing but 100% hard flavor woods (Hickory, Apple, Cherry, and Maple) and is presently my go to wood pellets. However, I must admit to often using the Hickory also.

I just got my hands on a 40 lb bag each of CookinPellet Apple Mash, Black Cherry, and Sweet Maple. For my first use of the Premium 100% Sweet Maple pellets I chose to smoke some Brats. These are Costco's Kirkland brand brats but my guess is that Johnsonville provides these brats for them. To me they look and taste identical and I have found that they are very easy and forgiving to cook.

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I started with a clean Green Mountain Grill Davy Crockett wood pellet smoker-grill so I could get a clear measure of ash that is produced from a 1¼ hour smoking of the brats at 225ºF. As you can see from the photo above the Premium 100% Sweet Maple pellets produced an ample amount of beautiful blue smoke to kiss every recess of the brats. The cook used very little pellets as the Davy Crockett is very efficient at low temperatures. The smoke ring on the brats were to die for!! Nothing wrong with a beautiful smoke ring ... but the best part was how juicy the brats turned out. Yes, they tasted as good as they look. The Maple pellets produced a mild smoke flavor with a hint of sweetness. I look forward to using the pellets for cooks of turkey, pork, Cornish Hens, beef, and fish.

Upon inspection, after the cook, I found that the amount of ash produced from the cook was negligible. These pellets burn very efficiently. To date I have used CookinPellet's Hickory, Maple, and Premium Perfect Mix and they all produce a very clean blue smoke and very little ash.

Smoked the brats until they reached an internal temperature of 160ºF. Most people don't normally smoke brats but I highly recommend you give it a try. You'll find that this may turn out to be your favorite way of cooking brats. I often put on some brats when smoking other foods since at 225ºF it only takes about an hour to smoke them and they are great for appetizers!

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