I use my Weber grill all year-long but really crank up the usage in the summertime. I am always experimenting with adapting recipes for the grill that I usually make in the oven. This meatloaf is a great example. I know, I know, you are saying, meatloaf on the grill, Quinn’s gone nuts. Well that might be true (the kids are out of school for the summer after-all) but wait it gets even better. Not only is the meatloaf cooked on the grill, but I also smoke it. The meatloaf turns out very moist, with a nice char on the top and a suitable smokey flavor.
If you do not have a smoker box, just grill as directed. Basically I am using my grill as an oven by cooking the meatloaf, at a low temperature, with indirect heat. It is also important to leave the grill lid closed as much as possible while cooking. To grill the meatloaf I used two disposable aluminium loaf pans. (TIP: Poke a few holes in the bottom of the loaf pans to allow grease to drain off)
I served the meatloaf with my Roasted Veggie Hash; click here for recipe.
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Total Time: 2hrs 20 min Prep Time: 20 min Cook Time: 2 hrs
- 2 lbs ground beef + 1 lb ground pork ( You can use all ground beef or ground turkey. I like the addition of the pork)
- 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 2 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 small sweet onions, finely chopped ( Substitute 1/2 tbsp dried minced onion flakes)
- 1 tbsp dried Italian seasonings
- 2 tsp table salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/3 cup ketchup
- 2/3 cup half-and-half or milk
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup barbecue sauce ( I used Sweet Baby Rays Sweet and Spicy for an extra kick)
- 4 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 4 tablespoons dark brown sugar, packed
- Soak 3-4 cups wood (Alder or Apple wood) chips in water for at least 2 hours.
- Drain wood-chips and place in smoker box. Place smoker box on grill over a burner you will be using.
- Light grill and heat to 300° F
- Combine first nine ingredients and place in two prepared disposable loaf pans. (See tip above)
- Smooth out top.
- Combine all sauce ingredients and pour over top and sides of meatloaf.
- Place meatloaf’s on preheated grill over indirect heat. (I placed the loaf’s over my center burner, which is turned off.)
- Smoke/grill for 1.5 – 2 hrs. until internal temperature reaches 160 °F
- Remove from grill and allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving