Thursday, August 28, 2014

Foodie Friday Plus Grilling Like a Champion


 Summer is like a guest who is slow-moving and hot-tempered. Sometimes she's just too much to handle, and we wish she'd pack her bags so a cooler friend--Miss Autumn--can take her place. Heaven knows we'll miss Summer's warmth. We'll miss her easy-going ways: running around in sleeveless dresses and neon pink flip-flops; grilling burgers under the trees; eating a cold, drippy ice cream cone on a hot afternoon.

For me, the end of summer means the beginning of a new and exciting grilling season.

 There's something magical about cooking outdoors on a crisp autumn night. And I have found
the perfect cookbook to keep the magic going year-round: Grilling Like a Champion.

The book is much more than recipes--it's an insider's guide, packed with the secrets of prize-winning pit-masters, all of it put together in a user-friendly format by editor Rudolf Jaeger

 Divided into three sections, the book is a comprehensive guide to grilling. Part 1 covers the basics--grilling methods, types of grills, accessories, a guide to spices and herbs, and a clever shopping list.
You'll find recipes in Part 2 (beef, pork, lamb, sausage, fish, poultry, side dishes, and desserts), with step-by-step, illustrated instructions.
Part 3 is an appendix (as a cook and an author, I appreciate the work that goes into an index, and this one is top-notch).

I couldn't decide which recipe to try first. Finally, I settled on a grilled meat loaf.

 Don't forget the cole slaw.
 (candid photo by Tyler West)

Grilled Meat Loaf
                            serves: 4 to 6

2 pounds ground beef
1 egg
Mix and place in a large bowl.
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 garlic cloves, minced
Mix and add to meat mixture.
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon thyme
1 1/2 teaspoons salt

Place pepper, chili powder, thyme, and salt in a food processor. Grind into a fine powder.
Add to the onion-carrot meat mixture.

Blend ingredients and shape the meat into a loaf. Place on a flat, tempered glass board or
other thin surface.

Make the Glaze:
1/2 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon Tabasco
Mix and place in a clean bowl.

Heat the grill. Use indirect heat by pushing the briquettes aside. (You can also put a drip pan beneath the loaf.) Slice loaf onto the grill and cook until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit (or 70 minutes, depending on thickness of the loaf). I added the glaze during the last 20 minutes of cooking.
Remove the loaf from grill. Let the meat rest for 5 to 10 minutes. Serve on buns or French bread.

A Note from Bandwith
"The Chemistry of the Cook"

Searing Meats 
"A typical steak (or cut of beef) consists of mostly water H20, roughly 70%. But it is the protein in meat that creates the sear. These proteins can be pulled to the surface by seasoning the meat with salt. This draws water-soluble proteins/enzymes, such as sarcoplasmic proteins, to the surface.
This denatures the proteins and they undergo a chemical reaction, thus creating the coveted "sear."

-- Bandwith, Biochemist and Self-Taught Cook


Are you contributing a recipe to this week's Foodie Friday?
 If so, locate the blue Inlinkz icon in the lower, left-hand portion of this post. Click on the icon and follow the directions. After you complete the process, you will see a red "x" beside your name. This allows you to delete your link if you made an error; the red "x" is visible to you only.

You can read a complete guide to this linky party HERE.

If you'd like to share your food photos--or photos of other FF participants on Pinterest, join the Pinterest foodie board, Consuming Passions. Leave a message on the most recent "pin" if you'd like your name added to the list.

If you'd like to share your food photos--or photos of other FF participants on Pinterest, join the Pinterest foodie board, Consuming Passions. Leave a message on the most recent "pin" if you'd like your name added to the list.

***Participants' photos will be pinned to Foodie Friday's group Pinterest board.   

Every Friday, we are joined at this big, virtual table--thank you for stopping by today. I'm grateful to all of you who spend your days cooking. I'm grateful to old and new friends who contribute recipes every week. I'm grateful to friends who leave a comment. I'm grateful for the silent folks, because you are brought here by your love of all things culinary.
The Foodie Friday Link-Up

Have a great Labor Day Weekend!


  1. Hi Michael Lee,
    What a great post, your Grilled Meatloaf looks delicious. I need to get this book for my husband, (so I can use it). Hope you and your family have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend and thank for the party!
    Miz Helen

  2. Your Grilled Meatloaf looks delicious! Thanks for hosting and have a great labor day!

  3. Thanks for hosting, Michael. We do most of our grilling in the fall because it's so much cooler. I'm definitely going to look into that grilled meatloaf -- way cooler than baking in an oven right now! :) Have a great weekend!

  4. I LOVE meatloaf and I've never thought of grilling it. Thanks for hosting!

  5. OH you are going to have a lot BBQ fun with this new cookbook this fall! Never heard of meatloaf on the grill, that's a whole new exciting concept! I hope you and family have a relaxing weekend full of grilled delights! Thanks so much for the party!

  6. Hmmm, that meatloaf looks delish! I love the blue flatware and your table always looks beautiful. Thanks so much for hosting!


  7. Meatloaf is always a favorite and I love the idea of grilling it. Thank you for hosting and I hope you have a leisurely holiday weekend.

  8. Searing is important to me, so I can appreciate Bandwiths quote! I've never seen a more appetizing meatloaf done on the grill. Thank you for hosting!

  9. Oh my hubby would love grilled meatloaf and the cookbook sounds like it's the perfect ticket for tailgate season too! I'm so ready for Miss Autumn to give Miss Summer her eviction notice :) Wishing you a delicious Labor Day weekend!

  10. That is one lovely grilled meatloaf, Michael Lee, and a glaze makes me happy! Thank you to Bandwidth for his info on searing. Thank you for hosting and for sharing this new cookbook. Happy Labor Day weekend!
    BTW, I'm ready for Miss Summer to take a hike!

  11. Grilled meatloaf sounds absolutely wonderful! I appreciated the explanation about searing as well. Thank you for sharing about the book and for sharing your lovely photos once again.

  12. Hello Michael!
    Grilled meat loaf sounds amazing indeed! I so love meatloaf, it always takes me back in time when I was a school girl when we often had it for dinner by my mom's. I still make her recipe, but I am liking this new one by you! I also like the tip on searing it as well.
    Thank you for this fab party! I also made bread for toasting.
    Big hugs,

  13. It all looks delicious and so beautifully presented. Thanks again for a lovely party.


  14. Grilled meatloaf has been on my radar for a long time, sounds good Michael! Happy Labor Day Weekend-enjoy:@)

  15. I agree, it is so much nicer to grill in the autumn when it's a little cooler! Grilled meatloaf sounds amazing!

  16. YUMMY! What a wonderful book! Bobby is the master griller around here and this would be a great book for me to work on together. I agree with you... fall is the perfect time to grill! Thanks for hosting this week! Now off to visit!

  17. Michael Lee, dropping by to check on you after being MIA for an eternity! Hope you, the good doctor, Bandi, and the house project are all well.

    This looks delish. I have never thought of grilling meatloaf, and it sounds great because the grill always gives meat such a great flavor!

    Sending warm hugs and cooling breezes (of which I dream) across the miles!


    Sheila :-)

  18. It's hard to say what I like best about cookbooks these days, the recipes or the photos and stories.

  19. Thanks for hosting. Beautiful pictures as usual! The meatloaf looks wonderful.


  20. Hello cute lady! What a fun party. Thanks for hosting. Please come and party with us. We would love to see what you have been working on.
    Happy Friday! Lou Lou Girls

  21. Hello, Dear sweet Michael Lee hostess wit lots mostess thank you for fun foodie party. this meatloaf looks sooo good, I've prepared one similar to this recipe in the oven, I'll bet the grilled is really good.

  22. Sounds like a "high end" camping meal we used to make based on a Boy Scout favorite. Happy Weekend!