Not Yo’ Mama’s Meatloaf – A Smoked Meatloaf Recipe

Smoked Meatloaf

Smoking meatloaf is a delicious way to enjoy this classic comfort food. It’s a popular technique among pitmasters and backyard grillers alike, and for good reason: smoking meatloaf infuses it with a deep, smoky flavor that you just can’t get from baking or simply grilling.

Smoked meatloaf pairs well with a variety of sides, such as roasted vegetables, pasta, mashed potatoes, or baked beans. It’s a budget-friendly, hearty and flavorful meal that will leave your taste buds satisfied.

Smoking meatloaf is a great way to elevate this classic dish with a unique and delicious smoky flavor. With a few simple ingredients and a smoker, you can create a mouth-watering meal that’s sure to impress your family and friends. Dare I call it “deconstructed meatballs”?

My Mom would make meatloaf almost once a week when I was a kid. (Which I loved!) This is my take on her recipe.

Smoked Meatloaf Recipe

To get started, you’ll need just a few ingredients (this is for 6 servings):


  • 2.5 pounds ground beef, preferably 85/15
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (I actually used almond flour this time to add a hint of sweetness)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Fresh minced herbs (rosemary, oregano, basil, thyme, parsley, chives)
  • 1/2 small onion, minced
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons each salt and black pepper

Smoked Meatloaf


  • One can of stewed tomatoes or tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Minced fresh herbs (see above)
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon paprika

Smoked Meatloaf - On the grill!

You’ll also need a smoker, of course, and some wood chips or chunks. I used SR Hickory. Mesquite is also a popular choice for smoking meatloaf, but you can experiment with different types of wood to find your preferred flavor profile.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to smoking meatloaf:

  1. Preheat your smoker to 350°F. (Alternatively, set up your grill for indirect grilling.)
  2. In an iron skillet, saute the minced onion in the oil. Do not wash the skillet.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, bread crumbs or almond flour, eggs, sauteed onions, and seasonings. Mix well until all the ingredients are evenly distributed. Don’t over mix though; you want the mixture to be fluffy.
  4. Transfer the meat mixture to the iron skillet you used for sauteing the onions.
  5. Place the meatloaf on the smoker. Add wood chips or chunks to the smoker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  6. Close the lid and let the meatloaf smoke for 40 minutes.
  7. Make the glaze by combining the glaze ingredients in a pot on the stovetop. Bring to a boil.
  8. Carefully drain the fat, keeping the meatloaf in the iron skillet, and coat the top with the glaze. Drizzle a little bit of the fat on top if you like.
  9. If desired, surround the iron skillet with vegetables as a side.
  10. Close the lid until the internal temperature of the meat reaches 160°F.
  11. Once the meatloaf is fully cooked, remove it from the smoker and let it rest for a few minutes. Sprinkle with the remaining minced herbs before slicing and serving.

Smoked Meatloaf - The Results

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