How to make meatloaf with ketchup?

May 30th, 2009

Why would you want to know how to make meatloaf with ketchup? Because meatloaf is the ultimate comfort food, and folks have been making meatloaf with ketchup for generations. Many top chefs have tried to make meatloaf more sophisticated and “classy.” But, for most of us, it’s meatloaf made with good, old fashioned, unsophisticated ketchup that truly feels like home.

Here are some tips on how to make meatloaf with ketchup:

Step #1.

Gather your ingredients. Meatloaf is one of those dishes that everyone’s mother seemed to make differently. Some use mushrooms, some don’t. Some use green peppers, others wouldn’t dare. Well, the truth is that there is no one right way to make meatloaf. True, there are some ingredients the dish must include to be considered meatloaf: ground beef, onions, eggs and bread crumbs. But, after that, pretty much anything goes, including mushrooms, green peppers, garlic, tomatoes, tomato sauce and, of course, ketchup. You can also add different kinds of meats, like ground sausage. Basically, if you think it will taste good, you can put it in your meatloaf.

Step #2.

Add 1 1/2 lbs ground beef, bread crumbs from 2 slices of bread, 1/2 cup fine onions, and 2 beaten eggs in a large bowl and mix together. Then put the meatloaf mixture into a bread loaf shaped pan

Step #3.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees, and let your meatloaf cook for about 45 to 55 minutes. After you take the meatloaf out of the oven, you want to check to make sure it’s done by using a meat thermometer. If your meatloaf is done, the thermometer will read 160 degrees. If not, in should be cooked a little longer.

Step #4.

After cooking, brush some ketchup on top of the meatloaf as a glaze. Some cooks just use straight ketchup for this. But others like to add a few extra seasons, like their favorite herbs and spices, before glazing. You can even add things like a few drops of honey, lemon juice, or whatever else you think would taste good.

How long do you grill pork loin per pound?

May 13th, 2009

The barbecue season is on and grills are firing in full force. Grilled pork lion is a great dish to share with friends in the camp or at a backyard BBQ.

For estimating how long do you grill pork loin, you need to consider different options of seasoning and marinating, grill temperature etc.

Season the pork 1 to 3 days in advance. If you have to season the pork the same day you cook it, try and do it at least a few hours ahead of time. The longer before cooking that you season - the more the salt will penetrate the meat, tenderizing and bringing out the meats natural flavors. The larger the piece of meat - the longer beforehand it should be seasoned.  Use about 3/4 teaspoon salt per pound of pork. The salt we recommend to use is sea salt.

Combine soy sauce, sherry, salt, ginger, dry mustard and garlic powder. Place pork loin in a shallow pan. Then pour marinade over pork; cover and marinate for 2 hours or more (it is recommended to leave the pork lion in a fridge for up to 24 hours), turning the meat occasionally.

About an hour before grilling remove the pork from the fridge.  Fire up the grill, whether it’s charcoal or gas, and bring it up to hot. Once both sides are charred, move the loin to indirect heat on a charcoal grill or bring the flame to low on a gas grill.  Cooking times will vary depending on the grill and the thickness of the meat.

Place loin on grill 6 to 8 inches above low coals. Dry off the pork with paper towels.  Brush with oil if it doesn’t have a lot of fat on it.  Place fat side down on the hottest part of the grill and cook for a few minutes to get a nice char. After sufficient char is achieved, flip the loin and char the other side. Grill 45 minutes to 1 hour (it is possible to extend it another half an hour for a well-done pork lion), turning frequently.

The idea is to cook it until the center of the tenderloin is about 165-170 degrees F, so it’s going to depend a lot on how thick the piece of meat is and what temperature your grill is set at. If you want it to taste any good, you really shouldn’t cook pork tenderloin any higher than 375 degrees (350 is better). The single most important thing you can do: CHECK THE TEMPERATURE WITH A MEAT THERMOMETER every 20 minutes or so. That’s the one way you really cannot go wrong. Brush with marinade several times during cooking. Slow grilling or barbecuing for as much as 11-12 hours on a small fire creates a finished dish, pork loin becomes very tender. Of course, not all of us have so much patience :-)

To serve, cut in thin slices. Serve with hot mustard, if desired. Makes 1-2 servings from a pound of pork loin.

How long does it take to grill pork ribs?

May 1st, 2009

Pork ribs are traditional dish of American cuisine. They are usually cooked by baking, smoking, or grilling. Best prepared with various sauces, often barbequed and then served hot with a side of potatoes and vegetables.

It is always recommended to marinade pork ribs before grilling as it makes meat more tender and flavorful. It takes 10 minutes to prepare marinade. Use it for up to 8 hours.

The process of cooking on a medium hot grill lasts for 30 minutes, if the ribs are raw and they are turned every 4-5 minutes. Rack should be about 4 inches away from heat source. If pork ribs are cooked without bones general grilling time may be reduced to 25 minutes. It is better to pre-boil ribs to shorten the general cooking time. After this easy procedure which may be done at home kitchen and takes around 20 minutes on medium fire, general time of grilling pork ribs will be reduced to 10-15 minutes.

Other way of grilling pork ribs when there is a shortage of time or great amount of guests is pre-baking the ribs at 230 degrees in the oven. Then they need to be thrown on a charcoal grill for a specific flavor and a final dousing of sauce for 10-15 minutes.
If your grill has a fire box, you should grill pork ribs side down for 2 hours at 250 degrees. Remove/stack ribs 3 tall dusting each with brown sugar then wrap and place on a grill for an additional 3-4 hours.

Slow grilling or barbecuing for as much as 11-12 hours creates a finished dish, pork ribs become very tender.