I’ve never been a fan of meatloaf, always have these bad memories of the meatloaf from my childhood! It was never good!! I read a few articles on smoking meatloaf and all the reviews were great. How can this be? This surely can’t be the same bland chunk of ground meat my mom forced me to eat in my youth!! Alas it is, BUT, with a new twist and the right cooking method, this is an awesome recipe and it was GREAT!!
Here’s the ingredients to get things rolling.
2 lbs. Ground beef
2 eggs lightly beaten
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 green bell pepper finely chopped
2 tbsp. Minced garlic or 2 cloves garlic minced. You can buy the garlic already minced.
¼ cup milk
1 cup fresh bread crumbs or saltine crackers
Now that we have all these ingredients, toss them into a large bowl and mix them together. I found using my hands to mix is the best. Just pretend you’re choking a CU fan repeatedly who bad mouthed you at the tailgate party. As far as my own seasoning, I used a cup of Weber’s Chicago Steak seasoning, but as always, use what you like best.
Once all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed, mold into your best loaf shape and place on a SOLID cooking surface, it is a bit too fragile to place directly on the grate. This will keep the meat from falling through the cracks. I just put aluminum foil on the cooking rack and it worked fine.
I smoked this at 230F for 4 hours, or until the internal temp. reached 160, with Mesquite and just a little Cherry wood, for a sweet flavor. When there was about ½ hour left of smoke time, I poured some Famous Dave’s Sweet and Zesty BBQ sauce over the top and let it cook in and the results were amazing!!!
I’ve never been a fan of meatloaf but this recipe has changed my mind! Even my 8 yr. old loved it, and I remember meatloaf when I was 8, YUK! Try it out and let us know how yours turns out. We always welcome your comments and suggestions. GBR!!!