Meatloaf needs no introduction but BBQ smoked meatloaf is something you should know about! Seriously, this is an incredible smoker ground beef recipe you can make on a pellet grill or Traeger. The rich, meaty flavour and garlicky tomato meatloaf glaze will make you think you died and went to heaven. It really is that good.
If you’re wondering whether to make your next meatloaf on the smoker, I’d say go ahead. You won’t regret it. This is one of the best smoked meatloaf recipes I’ve had, and I’ve tried a fair few! The incredible smoky flavour adds so much appeal. So if you’re a meatloaf fan looking for a brand new take, try this BBQ smoked meatloaf on your pellet grill or Traeger and see what you’ve been missing!
This traditional comfort food is something many of us grew up with and have fond memories of. However, it’s usually baked in the oven. You’ll find the smoke from the grill adds a very special taste. Once the smoke combines with the tomato-based meatloaf glaze, the result is a smoky, BBQ type flavour. Smoking also keeps this smoker ground beef recipe moist. Meatloaf on the smoker won’t dry out like the oven-baked type sometimes does.
Best Smoked Meatloaf Ingredients
Now you’ve added this BBQ smoked meatloaf to your ‘must make immediately!’ list, let’s have a closer look at what’s in it. A combination of 2 parts ground beef to 1 part ground sausage seems to work best, although you can use whatever ground meats you prefer. Veal, venison or poultry can also go into meatloaf recipes. It’s completely up to you.
Egg and pork rinds help bind the meatloaf while bacon, onion, peppers, garlic, and paprika add flavour. I often use smoked paprika when cooking (especially in BBQ peach Bourbon wings!) However, you can just use regular paprika here, since it’s going to come out smoky anyway.
Cream cheese and sour cream also feature, along with cumin, Worcestershire sauce and ketchup. And it goes without saying you’re going to need a pellet grill or Traegar to cook your amazing BBQ smoked meatloaf.
Preparing the Best Smoked Meatloaf
This smoker ground beef recipe is as easy as you’d hope. While the smoker is preheating, you can cook the bacon then the peppers and some of the onion in the bacon grease. Mix in the cream cheese, sour cream and garlic.
Take it off the heat and add the meat, eggs, crumbled pork rinds and seasonings. This mixture goes into a loaf tin and you can smoke it for 2 hours.
How to Make the Meatloaf Glaze
With the meatloaf on the smoker, you can get started with the meatloaf glaze. Combine the remaining onions with ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, cumin, and garlic then glaze the meatloaf on the smoker with half of it. Cook it for a while then transfer to a baking sheet and add the rest of the glaze. Give it another 20 minutes then let it sit for 10 minutes. Serve in slices, garnished with fresh parsley if you like.
How to Serve It
I love meatloaf comfort food style, which means with mashed potatoes and plenty of them! Some green beans on the side are also nice. Or you could make some veggie kabobs on the pellet grill or Traeger since it’s already hot.
Tips for Storing and Freezing Meatloaf
Wrap any leftovers in heavy duty foil and keep them refrigerated. They will be good for up to 4 days this way. If you want to freeze leftovers, freeze them in portions (so you don’t have to thaw the whole thing at once) and use within 6 months.
To warm it back up, put the meatloaf in an oven-safe dish and add a tablespoon of water or beef broth. Cover the dish with foil and then give the meatloaf 20 to 30 minutes in a 250 degrees F oven. Check it’s hot in the centre before serving.
Fun Facts about Meatloaf
While you are enjoying your succulent BBQ smoked meatloaf, you might find this meatloaf trivia entertaining:
- European home cooks in the Medieval Age added spices, nuts and fruit to meatloaf recipes.
- Meatloaf was first mentioned in a Roman cookbook in the 5th century! Roman cooks added wine-soaked bread to theirs.
- Some Greek, Hungarian, German, Filipino, and Italian meatloaf recipes include boiled eggs.
- The dish was a staple during the Great Depression since the meat could be stretched further using oats or breadcrumbs.
- Considered a basic dish by many, there are gourmet meatloaf recipes today. Fancy ones with exotic ingredients often appear on the menus of top-rated restaurants.
If you like this smoker ground beef recipe, you might also like Smoked Beer Can Chicken with Mexican BBQ Sauce, Delicious Mesquite Smoked Dry Rub Brisket or Smoker Grilled Fish Tacos with Garlic Cilantro Lime Coleslaw.
Tasty BBQ Smoked Meatloaf with Glaze Recipe
Tasty BBQ Smoked Meatloaf with Glaze
- 2 Pound ground beef
- 1 Pound sausage ground
- 1 egg
- 4 Cups pork rind
- 8 Slices bacon thick center cut
- 1 white onion
- 1 green bell pepper
- 4 Cloves garlic
- 3 Ounces cream cheese
- 1/4 Cup sour cream
- 1 Teaspoon salt
- 1/2 Teaspoon black pepper coarse
- 1 Teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 Cup ketchup unsweetened
- 1/2 Tablespoon worcestershire
- 1 Teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 Teaspoon cumin
- Preheat smoker to 225 degrees F lid closed for 15 minutes.
- Add pork rinds to a food processor and pulse until they are a fine crumb texture.
- Meanwhile, cook the bacon. Once crispy, remove from heat and mince. Set aside. *Keep bacon grease in the pan*.
- Lower the heat and Add diced onions and bell peppers. Cook until soft and browned. Remove ⅛ cup and set aside for the glaze.
- Stir in minced garlic, cream cheese, and sour cream. Once combined, remove from heat.
- Add onion mix to a large mixing bowl. Combine with beef, sausage, eggs, pork rinds, bacon, salt, pepper, and smoked paprika. Form into a loaf and place into a loaf pan. Place into the smoker and cook for 2 hours.
- When 20 minutes are left, use a food processor to purée the ⅛ cup of caramelized onions (set aside in step two). Add to a small mixing bowl with ketchup, worcheshire, garlic powder, and cumin. Whisk to combine. Use half to glaze the meatloaf.
- Cook for 20 minutes, then carefully remove meatloaf from the loaf pan and place onto a baking sheet. Glaze the top with remaining ketchup and cook for 20 more minutes.
- Remove meatloaf from the smoker and let sit for 10 minutes before slicing. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley and enjoy
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
So if you want comfort food but also something deliciously different, try this BBQ smoked meatloaf. It really is the best smoked meatloaf recipe I ever tried!