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Smoked Meatloaf – delicious moist, tender and juicy meatloaf that is cooked in your smoker! Take your classic comfort food to a whole new level with this easy and tasty dinner.

Meatloaf is one of those classic comfort foods I most often think about in the winter on a cold night. But when you can make it on the smoker, it turns into a summer staple pretty darn fast! When you don’t have to have the oven on for an hour, it cooks outside, and gets that great smoky flavor; that is a win on every account!

Meatloaf can get a bad rap sometimes, but when you follow these tips and directions, you will get a moist, tender and juicy meatloaf that is so full of flavor even your picky eaters will be asking for seconds.

sliced meatloaf on a cutting board


Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Ground Beef
  • Ground Pork (can use all ground beef)
  • Eggs
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Milk
  • Barbecue Rub
  • Barbecue Sauce

This is loosely based on our favorite Best Meatloaf Recipe. I wanted to mix it up a little bit to compliment the smoky flavor it would get from the cooking method vs just baking it in the oven like normal.

meatloaf sliced on cutting board

Can I Smoke Meatloaf

Yes, you can definitely smoke meatloaf. You place your meatloaf directly onto the smoker and cook it low and slow for a few hours so it gets cooked all the way through and is full of delicious smoky flavor. You can take your favorite meatloaf recipe or use the one below. But this is a great way to mix up how you cook meatloaf.

How To Make Smoked Meatloaf

  1. Preheat your smoker to 225º F.
  2. Mix together all of the ingredients in a large bowl until it is well blended. Once everything is evenly mixed together, stop. You don’t want to over mix and turn it into a paste, you will have a tough meatloaf.
  3. Place your meatloaf on the smoker and brush the top and sides with barbecue sauce.
  4. Cook for about 3 1/2 hours. I like to use these Mesh Grill Mats so nothing falls through the grates and clean up is easy.
  5. Once the meatloaf reaches 160º F, remove from the smoker and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing to serve.
meatloaf on a cutting board

How Long To Smoke Meatloaf

At 225º F it will take about 3 1/2 hours to cook. You want to get the internal temperature to 160º F, that is when you know it is fully cooked and done.

There are some recipes that will have you cook it at a much higher temperature for a shorter time, similar to how you could cook it in the oven. But I think it dries out faster that way, and you don’t get nearly as much smoke flavor. So giving it time at a lower temperature will result in a must juicier and more flavorful meatloaf.

brushing barbecue sauce on meatloaf

What Goes With Meatloaf

close up sliced meatloaf

More Smoked Recipes To Try

close up sliced meatloaf on a plate
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Smoked Meatloaf

By Erin
Smoked Meatloaf – delicious moist, tender and juicy meatloaf that is cooked in your smoker! Take your classic comfort food to a whole new level with this easy and tasty dinner.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 3 hours 30 minutes
Total: 3 hours 35 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 Tablespoon barbecue spice blend
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce


  • Preheat your smoker to 225º F.
  • In a large bowl mix together all of the ingredients, except the barbecue sauce until it is well blended.
  • Form into a loaf and place on smoker. Brush the top and sides with barbecue sauce.
  • Cook for about 3 1/2 hours until it reaches an internal temperature of 160º F.
  • Remove from smoker and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing to serve.


Can use all ground beef in this recipe
Best Dry Rub Recipe – great for the barbecue spice blend
Mesh Grill Mats used for this recipe


Serving: 1g | Calories: 469kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 166mg | Sodium: 451mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 35 minutes
Course: Dinner Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 469
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  1. This meatloaf looks so tasty and packed with so much flavor! We love meatloaf and we’re so excited to try this one. Looks wonderful!

  2. We are huge meatloaf fans. Smoking it takes it to a whole another level, can’t wait to make it again this summer.

  3. Oozing with flavors! This is one of my favorite recipes. I love how the taste fits my taste buds. I tried this with my family and they all loved it. Thank you for this! Will probably try this again.

  4. Was longing for this meatloaf recipe and at last found one, Awaiting to try this sounds yummy n looks very rich. Tks alot.