Smoked meatloaf is something I decided to try about 10 years ago on a whim and it has been a regular feature at our table ever since. I wrote about it way back then and I've had hundreds of folks tell me they would never eat an “oven” meatloaf again.

Take that same meatloaf, form it into a log, wrap it in bacon and you have smoked meatloaf logs.

Most folks agree that bacon makes almost anything better and this holds very true in this recipe as well.

Helpful Information
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2.5 hours
  • Smoker Temp: 225°F
  • Meat Finish Temp: 165°F
  • Recommended Wood: Pecan
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These smoked meatloaf logs use my rub inside the meat and over the top of the bacon once it's wrapped to create an amazing flavor profile that will make your lips and tongue want to do the tango.

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Make the Meatloaf

Add ground beef, green peppers, onions, eggs and oats to a large mixing pan

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Add 1/3 cup of Jeff's rub (purchase recipes here) and 1/3 cup of Jeff's barbecue sauce (purchase recipes here) and mix together with clean hands to combine.

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Oops.. I almost forgot the worcestershire sauce!

I just made a bowl to put the worcestershire into, then remixed it lightly.


Make the Bacon Weave

Making a bacon weave is not the easiest thing to write out so that it's easy to follow. I have posted pictures and I feel confident that you can accomplish this, even if you've never done it before, by studying the images carefully before you begin.

Begin by laying out some wax paper and create the bacon weave in the center or at one end leaving enough room to form the meatloaf log at the other end.

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Form the Meatloaf Logs

Form half of the meatloaf (1 lb) into a log that is about the same length as the bacon weave you just created.

Be sure to create it close to the bacon weave and lined up with the long side since you will simply roll the log onto the bacon once it's finished.

It will need to only be about 2 inches in diameter


Once it's formed, use the wax paper to help you roll the log up onto the edge of the bacon.

Continue to roll the meatloaf log and the bacon weave until the weave is all the way around the meatloaf log.

It's not the end of the world if the the weave overlaps or if there is a slight gap that the weave does not cover.

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Once it's finished, use the wax paper to help you move the wrapped log to a Bradley rack or you can leave it on the wax paper for now so you can move it to the smoker grate in a few minutes.

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Repeat these steps on the 2nd meatloaf log.

Seasoning the Meatloaf Log

Sprinkle ample amounts of Jeff's rub (purchase recipes here) all over the outside of the wrapped meatloaf log


The meatloaf logs are now ready to smoke.

Get the Smoker Ready

Set up your smoker for cooking at about 225°F.

Make sure to have enough smoking wood to last about 2 hours.

If your smoker has a water pan, fill it with water or other liquid.

I cannot tell a difference between using water and other liquids such as apple juice, beer, wine, etc. but if you can and you enjoy it, feel free to do so.

I usually just use plain water.

Smoke the Meatloaf Logs

Place the logs directly on the smoker grate or if you used the bradley rack, just lay the entire rack on the smoker grate.

Maintain about 225°F for 2-3 hours or until the meatloaf logs have reached 165°F in the center using an accurate meat thermometer.

I like to keep the smoke going for the entire time they are on the smoker. I recommend at least 2 hours of smoke since the bacon does keep the smoke away from the meatloaf.. but some does seep through and you can taste it in the actual meatloaf.

I used pecan. Feel free to use your own favorite smoking wood for these.


There are 3 main thermometers that I like to use:

  1. The Thermapen for quick and easy temperature readings.
  2. The Maverick ET-732 when I am using a smoker that is a long ways from my kitchen (more than 100 feet or so).
  3. The new iGrill2 which I have been very impressed with so far. It does not have the range of the Maverick ET-732 but it connects with my iPhone/iPad via bluetooth and, not only does it keep me informed of the temperature of my smoker and 3 other food items, it also charts my time and temperature for me.

There are lots of options when it comes to thermometers, but these are the 3 that I use and recommend to anyone who really wants to get serious about smoking meat.

The main thing you learn about smoking meat is that it's usually more about temperature than time.

You also discover very quickly that thickness (rather than weight) is the main factor that determines how long a certain piece of meat will take to get done.

Putting Sauce on the Smoked Meatloaf Logs

I like to brush sauce onto the smoked meatloaf logs when they are just 30 minutes or so away from being done. This adds a really wonderful extra layer of flavor which has the potential to make your mouth really happy if you use a sauce that worth it's salt.

I am very picky about my barbecue sauce and that's what initially led to me creating my very own barbecue sauce and rub. You can purchase the recipes for my sauce and rub HERE if you are interested in a major improvement over what is commercially available in your local grocery store.

See how great the rub and sauce make the outside of the smoked meatloaf logs look?

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Finishing Up

Once they smoked meatloaf logs are done cooking/smoking and they have reached that magical 165 °F, you can remove them from the smoker right away and slice them up.


Serve immediately!

If you are anything like me and my family, they might not even make it to the table. It's like vultures around the kitchen bar and the last piece is grabbed by whoever happens to be the bravest among us 😉

  1. To me, the bacon  is good just like it is. It does not get crispy but it should have decent bite-through. If you really want it to be crispy, you can very carefully place it on a hot grill, rolling it over every little bit to get an even crispiness. You can also use the broiler for this task but you have to be careful or the sauce/rub will burn.
  2. These are perfect on biscuits, Hawaiian rolls or put a couple on a slice of loaf bread and make yourself a sandwich that's out of the world!
  3. Feel free to use your own favorite meatloaf recipe but I do recommend substituting some of my barbecue sauce for the ketchup and be sure to add the rub to the outside.
  4. Don't get these confused with the “fatty” or bacon explosion. Those are amazingly good as well but they are different in that it uses sausage and is stuffed. This is supposed to be good ol' meatloaf, all by itself, wrapped in bacon. It's all about the meatloaf recipe and the bacon while a fatty is more about the stuffing.

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Smoked Meatloaf Logs

Smoked meatloaf is something I decided to try about 10 years ago on a whim and it has been a regular feature at our table ever since. Take that same meatloaf, form it into a log, wrap it in bacon and you have smoked meatloaf logs.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time2 hrs 30 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Hot Smoking
Servings: 5 -6
Author: Jeff Phillips


  • 2 lbs of ground beef (80/20)
  • ¾ cup green bell pepper
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • ½ cup quick oats
  • ¼ cup worcestershire
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 lb bacon
  • Jeff’s rub (purchase recipes here)
  • Jeff’s Sauce (purchase recipes here)
  • Wax or parchment paper


Make the Meatloaf

  • Place 2 lbs of ground beef (80/20), 2 eggs, ¾ cup of diced green bell pepper, 1 cup of onion, ½ cup of quick oats, ¼ cup worcestershire, 2 eggs, 1/3 cup of Jeff's rub, and 1/3 cup of Jeff's sauce into a large mixing bowl
  • Combine the ingredients together well.

Create the Bacon Weave

  • This is something that is almost impossible to write out in a way that can be understood without images. You are looking for a weave that is 3 strips of bacon wide. Use half strips weaved into those 3 steps to create the "weave".
  • Create the weave on one end of a piece of wax or parchment paper.

Form the Meatloaf into Logs

  • With the meatloaf that has been mixed together, form (2) logs that are as long as your bacon weave and about 2 inches in diameter
  • Form the logs on the other end of the wax paper.

Wrap the Bacon Weave Around the Meatloaf Log

  • Use the wax paper to help you roll/place the log onto the edge of the bacon weave.
  • Continue to roll the meatloaf log until the bacon weave is wrapped around it.

Season the Wrapped Meatloaf Logs

  • Sprinkle Jeff's rub generously onto the outside of the wrapped meatloaf logs

Smoke the Meatloaf Logs

  • Set up your smoker for cooking at about 225°F
  • Place the wrapped meatloaf logs directly onto the smoker grate or use a bradley rack.
  • Smoke cook for about 2.5 hours or until the internal temperature of the meat reads 165°F

Finishing Up

  • Remove the smoked meatloaf logs from the smoker once they are finished.
  • Slice and serve immediately.