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Smoked meatloaf recipe
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Basic Smoked Meatloaf

Meatloaf is a pretty basic dish to make. You take some ground meat, mix it with some ingredients like spices, seasonings and some sort of stabilizing grain, then toss it in either the oven or a smoker. While the two main ways to cook meatloaf are baking or smoking it, we prefer smoking if only to impart those specific flavors you can only really give a smoked dish. Smoking your meatloaf also means you free up your oven for side dishes to go with the meatloaf.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Meatloaf
Servings: 1
Calories: 350kcal


  • 2 lbs Beef, ground, lean
  • 1 Minced onion
  • 1 Minced red pepper
  • 3 Minced garlic cloves
  • 1 Slightly beaten egg
  • 2/3 cup Your favorite BBQ sauce
  • 1/2 cup Bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper
  • 3 tbsp Your favorite BBQ rub


  • Use a large bowl to store all of the ingredients with the exception of the BBQ sauce and the rub;only use 1/3 of the BBQ sauce at this time. You will not be using the rub at all in this step.
  • Knead the meat with your hands until everything is in a well-combined mix.
  • Shape the meat into a log or loaf and give it a sprinkle of BBQ rub.
  • Start your smoker and bring it up to 250°F. While you can use whatever type of wood you like, we favor hickory.
  • Go ahead and put the meatloaf into the smoker once it reaches 250°F.
  • After smoking for two hours, brush the meatloaf with your leftover BBQ sauce.
  • The meatloaf is done once it reaches an internal temperature of 160°F.


Serving: 5oz | Calories: 350kcal