Smoked Meatloaf Recipe

Smoked Meatloaf Recipe And Making


Smoked meatloaf brings a delightful twist to the classic meatloaf recipe by infusing it with a deep, smoky flavor that’s hard to resist. Whether you’re a barbecue enthusiast or simply looking for a new way to enjoy meatloaf, this recipe will guide you through each step to create a mouthwatering dish that’s perfect for any occasion.

Ingredients For the Meatloaf
    1. 2 pounds ground beef (80/20 blend for best flavor)
    2. 1 cup breadcrumbs
    3. 2 eggs, beaten
    4. 1/2 cup milk
    5. 1/4 cup ketchup
    6. 1/4 cup BBQ sauce (plus extra for glazing)
    7. 1 onion, finely chopped
    8. 2 cloves garlic, minced
    9. 1 teaspoon salt
    10. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    11. 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
    12. 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

    The For Glaze

    1. 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
    2. 2 tablespoons brown sugar
    3. 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
    4. 1 teaspoon hot sauce (optional)
    • Equipment
    1. Smoker or grill set up for indirect smoking
    2. Meat thermometer
    3. Aluminum foil
    4. Mixing bowls


Step 1: Prepare the Smoker

  1. Preheat your smoker to 225°F (107°C). If using wood chips, hickory or applewood are excellent choices for their mild, sweet smoke that complements the meatloaf.

Step 2: Mix the Meatloaf Ingredients

  1. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, breadcrumbs, eggs, milk, ketchup, BBQ sauce, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, and thyme. Mix until just combined—overmixing can make the meatloaf tough.

Step 3: Form and Prepare the Meatloaf

  1. Shape the mixture into a loaf on a sheet of aluminum foil. Avoid packing the meat too tightly to ensure it cooks evenly.
  2. If desired, create a glaze by mixing the BBQ sauce, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, and hot sauce in a small bowl. Apply a layer of glaze over the meatloaf.

Step 4: Smoke the Meatloaf

  1. Place the meatloaf (still on the aluminum foil) in the smoker. Smoke for about 3 to 4 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 160°F (71°C). Glaze the meatloaf with additional BBQ sauce halfway through smoking for extra flavor.

Step 5: Rest and Serve

  1. Once cooked, remove the meatloaf from the smoker and let it rest for 10 minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute, making the meatloaf moist and flavorful.
  2. Slice and serve with your favorite sides.

Serving Suggestions

Smoked meatloaf pairs wonderfully with classic sides such as mashed potatoes, green beans, or a fresh salad. For a unique twist, try serving it with a side of coleslaw or macaroni and cheese.

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