Smoked meatloaf is AH-mazing and if you haven't tried it– well, you probably should. It may just change your world!
Meatloaf was a staple growing up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and my favorite way to eat it was between two slices of bread made up like a burger with all the fixins.
Add in some sweet corn, mashed potatoes and a blackberry cobbler and oh my goodness!
Just when I thought something great could not get any better, I decided one day to try it in the smoker and the amazing smoked meatloaf was born. All of the wonderfulness of meatloaf with that added smoke flavor and you'll swear to never make it in the oven again.
Hands-on Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 2.5 hours
Smoker Temperature: 225-240°F
Meat Finish Temp: 160°F
Recommended Wood: Hickory, Pecan or Mesquite*
*Mesquite has a wonderful flavor but it is one of the strongest tasting woods that ever was. Use less of it than you would normally use until you decide if you like it and how much works best with certain meats and recipes.
You just can't go wrong with a pellet smoker like the Woodwind.
Fill it with 100% hardwood pellets, plug it in, turn it on and let it go. It's really that simple.
Please note that I recommend cooking everything for at least 1 hour on the “Lo Smoke” or special smoke setting when using a pellet smoker to maximize your smoke flavor. After that, just turn it up to the recommended temperature of 225°F.
This will add about 30 minutes to your cook time but it's so worth it.
Regardless of what smoker or grill you use, make sure the heat is indirect.
Smoke the meatloaf at 225-240°F for about 2.5 hours (or until it reaches 160°F in the center) using hickory or mesquite or you can use a different smoking wood if you prefer.
Tip 1: Keep the smoke flowing for the entire time for best results.
Tip 2: Use a water pan if your smoker has one.
I recommend using a digital probe meat thermometer such as the “Smoke” by Thermoworks to monitor the temperature and remove the meat loaf when it reaches 160°F in the center.
Smoke, Wood, Fire: The Advanced Guide to Smoking Meat – Unlike the first book, this book does not focus on recipes but rather uses every square inch of every page teaching you how to smoke meat. What my first book touched on, this second book takes it into much greater detail with lots of pictures.
It also includes a complete, step-by-step tutorial for making your own smoked “streaky” bacon using a 100 year old brine recipe.