Smoked Meatloaf Recipe

Our meatloaf recipe, mixed with warm smokiness and the tang and sweetness of the glaze, makes for a perfect smoked meatloaf. Easy to prepare, fabulously delicious!

Smoked meatloaf on a cutting board.

Why You Will Love This

Leigh makes the best meatloaf I have ever had. There I said it.

Now that this has been declared I can say with a clear conscience that her meatloaf recipe SMOKED is even better. Of course, I think everything is better smoked.

No lie, this smoked meatloaf is amazing. The meatloaf itself is great on its own but when that smoke gets around the meat and gets in the glaze … well, it’s just all the better.

It’s just next level delicious.

And the leftovers! There is always a smoked meatloaf sandwich the next day.

Take a couple of slices of that meatloaf, a slice or two of American cheese (yes, American cheese!), and put it on some freshly baked sourdough bread and I am in heaven.

Literally, my stomach just growled while writing this.

sliced smoked meatloaf on a cutting board.

Honestly, if you’re gonna run the smoker for something else (fall off the bone ribs, smoked pork butt) and you have a little room, why not make this up and eat it later?

If you’ve never tried this you have to give it a whirl. You won’t be sorry. It’s simple to throw together and tastes so great!

Ingredients Needed For Smoked Meatloaf

I have seen many recipes that call for all of this, and all of that. Bacon, green peppers, jalapenos, etc.

This is a very basic meatloaf in that I want to taste the meat, the smoke, and the sweet glaze without being distracted by other overpowering flavors.

Feel free to add any of your favorite ingredients.

You probably already have all these ingredients in your refrigerator and pantry. Nothing out of the ordinary here.

ingredients for smoked meatloaf.

Meatloaf

  • 2 lbs 80/20 ground beef – Leaner meats mean dryer meatloaf, and we don’t want that!
  • 1/2 cup of grated yellow onion – Grating the onion will allow the onion to cook through, and not be crunchy
  • 2 eggs – binder
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs – we use unflavored but feel free to use what you like
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk – for additional moisture
  • Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, ketchup, kosher salt, and black pepper – the spices that give this meatloaf its flavor.

Meatloaf Sauce (glaze)

  • Ketchup, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar – A perfect glaze for this smoked meatloaf

Assembling the Meatloaf

meatloaf ingredients in a bowl waiting to be mixed together.

This comes together so easily. It’s just a matter of adding all the ingredients to a bowl and combining well. But first things first.

Go ahead and grate the onion, you will need 1/2 cup. Also, beat the two eggs and set them aside.

Line a 9×5 loaf pan with plastic wrap and set that aside as well.

meatloaf mixture in a glass bowl

In a large bowl combine all the meatloaf ingredients. Using your hands (recommend some neoprene gloves), mix together the ingredients until well combined.

You don’t want to overmix the mixture as this can make the meatloaf tough.

uncooked meatloaf in a loaf pan

Put the meatloaf mixture into the plastic lined loaf pan and press down well. Doing this will insure that there are no holes in the meatloaf.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour before placing it on the smoker.

While the meatloaf is in the fridge, take a baking sheet and line it with aluminum foil. Place a baking rack onto the foil lined baking pan and set aside.

To make the sauce combine the ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar in a small bowl. Place it in the fridge as well until needed.

If you want to use your own favorite barbecue sauce, you can skip this step.

Smoking The Meatloaf

uncooked meatloaf on a bradley rack.

Get the smoker to 275 degrees. Remove the meatloaf from the refrigerator. Turn the meatloaf over onto the baking rack and remove the plastic wrap.

What’s With The baking wire Rack?

I have smoked meatloaf this way as well as just leaving it in the loaf pan. I prefer this way as the smoke is able to get all around the meatloaf instead of just the top. The baking sheet also catches the grease, so clean-up is always a breeze.

uncooked meatloaf on the smoker with a temperature probe inserted.

Place the meatloaf into the smoker.

Smoke the meatloaf with your preferred wood choice (we use a mix of hickory and cherry) until the internal temperature of the meatloaf reads 120 degrees Fahrenheit, close to 2 hours.

Add wood chips as needed to keep the smoke rolling during the entire cooking process.

Apply the glaze all around the meatloaf. Put it on top and all the sides.

Apply it rather thinly as we will continue to apply the glaze every 30 minutes until the meatloaf is done (160 – 165 degrees Fahrenheit internal temperature).

This will give you a nice sticky sweet tangy glaze instead of it being loose and runny.

smoked meatloaf in the smoker.

Continue to apply the glaze until the internal temperature of the meatloaf reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit, about another hour to an hour and a half.

Please note that the cooking time may differ depending on the type of smoker (pellet grill, electric smoker, kettle, etc.) you are using.

Remove from the smoker and allow to set up for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then start slicing!

Serving The Meatloaf

What’s to say? slice it up and eat it as you like. The meatloaf will amaze you. You get a great smoke ring all around, you get the pop of that glaze, and the meatloaf itself is delicious!

smoked meatloaf on a cutting board sliced.

It’s all just a perfect bite, one right after the other. And as I said .. the leftovers are just as good.

Slice it up, get a nice sear on each side and make yourself a super delicious meatloaf sandwich.

I also like cutting it into pieces and eating it in a wrap with some cheddar cheese. I have been told before that I’d put just about anything in a tortilla. True.

Smoked comfort food! When I am done writing this up this is exactly what I am going to do.

Some great sides that go well with this smoked meatloaf are barbecue baked beans, herb potato salad, and this delicious pesto Caprese pasta salad.

Click here to see Leigh’s classic meatloaf ( Easy Meatloaf Recipe ).

smoked meatloaf sliced on a cutting board.

Tips And Variations

  • You could use your favorite bbq sauce instead of the sauce mentioned here to give it a more robust barbeque experience.
  • As previously mentioned, you can also add your favorite ingredients to the mix as well. Bell peppers would be a good addition.
  • For the meatloaf itself, you can also use 1lb of ground pork and 1lb of ground beef vs the 2 lbs of ground beef. This will net you a softer texture to the meatloaf. We have tried this but it just didn’t taste like the meatloaf we wanted.

FAQ

Can I prepare this smoked meatloaf beforehand?

Yes, prepare the meatloaf and keep it in the fridge wrapped with plastic wrap until ready to smoke.

Can I freeze leftover smoked meatloaf?

Yes. Allow to cool completely then wrap in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place into an airtight container and put it in the freezer. To recook, allow it to thaw completely then heat in the oven or slice and sear it over high heat in a pan.

Other Awesome Smoked Recipes

Smoked meatloaf on a cutting board.

Smoked Meatloaf Recipe

This recipe, mixed with warm smokiness and the tang and sweetness of the glaze, makes for a perfect smoked meatloaf. Easy to prepare, fabulously delicious!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: BBQ
Keyword: beef, easy, pork, smoked
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Servings: 8
Calories: 380kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 

Meatloaf

  • 2 lb Ground beef
  • 1/2 Onion Grated
  • 2 Eggs beaten
  • 1/2 cup Bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup Buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup Ketchup
  • 1/2 tsp Onion powder
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper freshly ground

Meatloaf Sauce

  • 1/2 cup Ketchup
  • 2 tbsp Brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Instructions

The Meatloaf

  • Grate the onion and beat the eggs.
  • Line a 9×5 loaf pan with plastic wrap and set that aside.
  • In a large bowl combine all the meatloaf ingredients. Using your hands (recommend some neoprene gloves), mix together the ingredients until well combined.
  • Put the meatloaf mixture into the plastic lined loaf pan and press down well.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour before placing on the smoker.
  • Line a baking sheet and line with aluminum foil. Place a wire baking rack onto the foil lined baking pan and set aside.

The Meatloaf Sauce

  • Combine the ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar in a small bowl. Place it in the fridge as well until needed.

Smoking The Meatloaf

  • Get the smoker to 275 degrees.
  • Remove the meatloaf from the refrigerator. Turn the meatloaf over onto the baking rack and remove the plastic wrap.
  • Place the meatloaf into the smoker. Smoke the meatloaf with your preferred wood choice (we use a mix of hickory and cherry) until the internal temperature of the meatloaf reads 120 degrees Fahrenheit, close to 2 hours.
  •  Apply the glaze all around the meatloaf. Put it on top and all the sides.
  • Continue to apply the glaze every 30 minutes until the internal temperature of the meatloaf reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit, about another hour to hour and a half.
  • Remove from the smoker and allow to set up for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then start slicing!

Notes

Remember to cook to time, not temperature. 
Storing Leftovers
Allow the smoked meatloaf to cool to room temperature, place in an airtight container, and refrigerate for up to three days.

Nutrition

Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 744mg | Potassium: 470mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 198IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 3mg

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