The inspiration for this Guchujang Turkey Meatloaf is my habit for falling in love with an ingredient. I bought some guchujang after seeing it on FOOD NETWORK SHOWS for years. I wanted to try it and I find all different ways to use it. It is the KOREAN VERSION of sriracha – my definition. It is sweet and spicy so it is perfect for so many savory dishes.
So a natural recipe to use this sauce is meatloaf. It is a perfect variation to the typical chili sauce to top the meatloaf. As is my style, and my learning, I used the guchujang in more than one layer of this recipe. While softening the vegetables, I flavored them with the guchujang. Then, the veggies were mixed into the turkey meatloaf. I also have learned to heighten the unique characteristics of my main ingredient when I make my dishes. I want to repeat that idea, enhance the flavors of the dish by highlighting the main spice used in the recipe.
Accordingly, I added brown sugar to enhance the sweetness. I also used hot sesame oil to kick it up some more. I added garlic and ginger and rice wine vinegar to balance the guchujang. The flavor profile was rounded out with gluten free soy sauce which added some more sweetness and a little bit of saltiness. The flavor of the guchujang is inside the turkey meatloaf and on top of the meatloaf. if you have not tried this sauce, this paste, you will really like it. So give it a try.
The cast of characters.
The assembling of the guchujang turkey meatloaf.
The Guchujang Turkey Meatlaof.
Smoked Turkey Meatloaf
Try using turkey for your beef lover to show him how good it can be. This Smoked Turkey Meatloaf absorbs the smoke better than beef can.
- 2 LBs Ground Turkey
- 1 Whole Yellow Onion diced
- 2 Stalks Celery diced
- 1 Whole Red Pepper diced
- 1 Whole Orange Pepper diced
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 2 Tsp Cumin divided
- 2 Tbsp Lawry's Seasoned Salt divided
- 1 Tbsp Spanish Paprika divided
- 1/4 Cup Ketchup
- 2 Tbsp Blackberry Jelly
Begin by heating the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add one half of the spices, the celery, peppers and onions and soften for 4 - 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
Add the remaining spices in the ground turkey. Mix really well and form into a loaf.
Combine 1/4 cup of the ketchup and 2 heaping tbsp of the blackberry jelly and cook until combined.
Place into your smoker and cook for 3 hours. In the last half hour of cooking, liberally apply the sauce.
Let rest for 5 minutes. Cut in slices.
Serve and enjoy!