How To Smoke Meatloaf
Meatloaf is one of the most popular comfort foods. There are a million different ways to cook it. And every family seems to have their own secret recipe. Well, here’s how to take your favorite meatloaf recipe and kick it up a notch.
Smoking meatloaf takes the everyday common meatloaf to the next level. If you like meatloaf… you’re gonna go nuts when you smoke it. And if you don’t like meatloaf… you will when you try this.
Smoked meatloaf is easy to make. Just follow our easy steps.
1. Get the smoker fired up
We like to get the fire started and let the smoker get up to temp and stabilized while we are making the meatloaf. We shoot for a temp of 250 – 270.
2. Prepare the Meatloaf
At this point we’re just following the directions as if we’re gonna cook this meatloaf in the oven. When you’re making smoked meatloaf the only difference is the smoking vs. baking.
Now gather up all the ingredients. We like to get everything out at the beginning because once you start mixing your hands will be a mess. So unless you have a helper get everything prepared up front.
Once you have all the ingredients find a big bowl. And get a bowl that’s bigger than you think you need because it’s always messier than you plan. Put the meat in the bowl first then start adding in all the other ingredients. Some people like to use a mixer but we think you get a better texture when you mix it with your hands (plus it’s fun or gross depending on whether you like squishy cold things).
3. Put it in a Pan
Once your done squishing all the ingredients together it’s time to form the meat into loaves. It doesn’t matter whether you make big or small loaves just make the loaves a consistent size so they will finish cooking at the same time.
Take the loaves and put into a aluminum pan. For these we put them directly in the pan. Sometimes we will put them on a cooling rack in the pan to keep the meat out of the dripping fat. You can also use a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil.
4. Smoke it.
Now we’re ready for the smoker. Put your pan in the smoker and insert your thermometer in to the meat. We will cook the meatloaf to about 160F-165F degrees. A 1 lb meatloaf will take approximately 2.5 hours and a 2 lb meatloaf will take about 3-4 hours. Remember the time is not important – we are cooking to a temperature.
5. Sauce It.
Here’s is a final step that makes this meatloaf extra wonderful. When there is about a 1/2 hour left in smoking the meatloaf open the smoker and brush on some of your favorite BBQ sauce. The barbecue sauce will carmelize and give the meatloaf a tasty outer crust.
6. Slice, Eat and Enjoy!