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Secret to Perfect Meatloaf

Tips For Perfect Meatloaf

What's the secret to a great meatloaf? OnSugar blogger Fresh Tart goes on a delicious exploration of this comfort food recipe.


When I started asking food friends what they think makes a great meatloaf, three separate people said ask Chef Stephen Trojahn of Gastrotruck, because his smoked meatloaf sliders are amazing.

So I sent him a note, and he kindly shared the following tips!

1. Start with excellent, grass-fed beef.
2. Test & taste your mixture (by frying off a bit first), adjust seasoning as needed.
3. If you don't have a smoker, add a few slices of smoked, finely diced & rendered bacon to the mixture.
4. Let it rest. It's even better if you let it come to room temperature then chill overnight.


I took those ideas and incorporated them into a recent favorite recipe by Chef Damon Wise. Both Trojahn and Wise endeavor to add layers of flavor to their meatloaf, with Trojahn adding the killer touch of cooking his in a smoker. If you have a smoker, do that! Absolutely delicious.

(Gluten-free note: I substituted gluten-free bread with excellent results.)

Recipe for tender, smoky Meatloaf at Dara & Co./Minnesota Monthly Magazine.

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FreshTartSteph FreshTartSteph 5 years
Cold rocks. For breakfast. Although LOVE your take. Oh meatloaf, be still my beating heart ;)
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
You have more patience than I, Steph. Mine almost never makes it to the pan. Love it cold with cheese, purple onion, lettuce, and toe-may-toe!
FreshTartSteph FreshTartSteph 5 years
fuzzles - Seriously! Heated up with a bit of a fry...gah. YEAH.
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
Gotta agree on the resting and chilling as well. There are few things quite as delicious as a next-day meatloaf sandwich. :feedme:
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
Bacon just makes everything better.
FreshTartSteph FreshTartSteph 5 years
Hey thanks Lauren! Not the easiest photo, I realized after I'd made it. I was actually chuckling about it as I sliced it, thinking wow, I need to start picking more photogenic recipes, ha.
lauren lauren 5 years
that has to be the tasty looking meatloaf I have ever seen! YUM!
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