Smoked Meatloaf

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This easy smoked meatloaf recipe will give you, hands down, the best-smoked meatloaf you've ever had.

Tender and full of flavor, this is one smoked meatloaf recipe that will have your family wanting seconds.

Why This Recipe Works

It's as simple as mixing the ingredients in a bowl and putting it in your electric smoker for 4 hours.

Unlike a classic meatloaf that is dry and tasteless, this smoked meatloaf recipe gives you a tender meatloaf packed with unbelievable flavor. This isn't your grandmother's meatloaf.


Ground Meat:

While ground beef is the typical go-to for any meatloaf mixture, you can add other ground meats to the mixture, like ground pork or turkey.


Use any kind of seasonings you like with this smoked meatloaf recipe. Some of my favorites to incorporate into smoked meatloaf are cayenne powder, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, onion flakes, and Montreal Steak spice.


Grated onion is key in adding flavor and moisture to a dish like smoked meatloaf that can very easily turn out dry. Use any type of onion you prefer with this recipe, whether it's yellow onion, white onion, or red onion. It's important that it's grated as that is the method that releases the most juices into the meat.


While this smoked meatloaf recipe calls for cheddar, you can use any type of grated cheese inside your meatloaf mixture. Cheddar, Monterey jack, and smoked gouda are some tasty options.

BBQ Sauce Glaze:

If you want to go off script and make your own bbq sauce glaze for your smoked meatloaf, all you need as a good base is your favorite bbq sauce and some brown sugar. From there, you can add all sorts of ingredients to flavor your sauce.

Bread Crumbs:

Bread crumbs are important in this smoked meatloaf recipe as the bread acts as the glue that holds all of the ingredients together. Use too much, and your meatloaf could dry out. Use too little, and it will fall apart while cooking.


  • Smoked meatloaf can overcook easily and turn out dry. To avoid a dry meatloaf, check the internal temperature after 3 hours of cook time to determine how much more cook time is required.

What to Serve With Smoked Meatloaf

Smoked meatloaf is a hearty dish that goes well with a variety of sides. Serve your smoked meatloaf with a side of mashed sweet potatoes, scalloped potatoes, or potatoes au gratin. Add some delicious veggies like green beans, corn on the cob, or roasted broccoli and cauliflower for a complete meal the whole family will enjoy.


How long can smoked meatloaf leftovers be stored?

Your leftover meatloaf should keep in the fridge for about 2-3 days in an airtight container. You could also store leftover meatloaf in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.

Can I make this recipe using a regular barbecue?

You can make grilled meatloaf by placing your meatloaf on a grill pan or aluminum foil and then on the grill for about an hour, keeping the grill temperature steady at 350F.

More Recipes for Meat Lovers

If you love meaty recipes that are packed full of flavor, check out some of my favorite recipes for carnivores.

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Smoked Meatloaf

Try this deliciously tender smoked meatloaf recipe for a dinner-time classic with a new spin.
4.63 from 8 votes
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Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: smoked meatloaf, smoked meatloaf recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Author: Corrie


Smoked Meatloaf

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium white onion grated
  • 5 strips bacon cooked and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon your favorite steak seasoning
  • 1-2 teaspoons salt to taste
  • 1 -2 teaspoons pepper to taste
  • 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese shredded

Honey Whisky Meatloaf Sauce

  • ½ cup ketchup
  • cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup Jack Daniels Honey Whisky
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
  • 1-2 teaspoons pepper to taste


  • Prepare and preheat your smoker to 250F.
  • In a large bowl, mix all of the meatloaf ingredients until combined.
  • Mold the meat mixture into a log or loaf shape.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the ingredients for the honey whisky sauce and brush half of it onto the meatloaf. Set the remaining sauce aside.
  • Once the smoker has reached 250F, place your meatloaf inside. Brush with the remaining sauce once it has been cooking for 2 hours.
  • Cook for 4 hours or until the meatloaf has reached an internal temperature of 165F.
  • Remove the meatloaf from the smoker, cut it into slices, and serve while hot.


Calories: 983kcal Carbohydrates: 38g Protein: 54g Fat: 64g Saturated Fat: 27g Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g Monounsaturated Fat: 25g Trans Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 286mg Sodium: 1449mg Potassium: 920mg Fiber: 2g Sugar: 27g Vitamin A: 1036IU Vitamin C: 5mg Calcium: 414mg Iron: 6mg


  • Smoked meatloaf can overcook easily and turn out dry. To avoid a dry meatloaf, check the internal temperature after 3 hours of cook time to determine how much more cook time is required.
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