Smoked Meatloaf

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.

Smoked Meatloaf

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

Servings: around 12


  • 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 Smoked Meatloaf


  1. Soak 3-4 cups wood (Alder or Apple wood) chips in water for at least 2 hours.
  2. Drain wood-chips and place in smoker box. Place smoker box on grill over a burner you will be using.
  3. Light grill and heat to 300° F
  4. Combine first nine ingredients and place in two prepared disposable loaf pans. (See tip above)
  5. Smooth out top.
  6. Combine all sauce ingredients and pour over top and sides of meatloaf.
  7. Place meatloaf’s on preheated grill over indirect heat. (I placed the loaf’s over my center burner, which is turned off.)
  8. Smoke/grill for 1.5 – 2 hrs. until internal temperature reaches 160 °F
  9. Remove from grill and allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving

Smoked Meatloaf

44 thoughts on “Smoked Meatloaf”

  1. well, that looks amazing! My dad is a big meatloaf lover! I may just have to make this for him. I’m ready to crank up the grill! 🙂

      1. Yes, they do, but it isn’t anything like in the US – I am British, and before coming here, I had never considered making it, as it isn’t so popular in Britain!

  2. I love meatloaf, but when you say it’s smoked, it sounds even better. Thanks for bringing this at FF table, Quinn. Happy Fiesta Friday! 🙂 Have fun!

  3. Doing a lot of things on the barbecue brings back memories of our last flood when the electricity was cut (for a short week-ish?) and the barbecue became our only way to cook food. We ate a lot of miscellaneous freezer items–the most surprising was fish sticks…first that we had them at all, and second that they crisper up beautifully. Haha, but the moral is not me extolling fish sticks (you’re much too good a cook to serve your kids that!) but that I appreciate having versatility by knowing how to cook the same item a couple different ways!
    Love the sound of the smoke…I can imagine this really increases the flavour! Thanks for bringing it to FF 🙂

    1. Great story. :)) Never would have thought about fish sticks on the grill and BTW my kids do eat fish sticks but sometimes I make homemade cod nuggets. Can’t help myself.
      When hurricane Ike hit Ohio in 2008 (Yes it was weird) we were out of power for 5 days. In all of my homes I have always had my grill connected to the natural gas and not propane tanks. Never run out even when the power goes out. We had cookout with neighbors every night. It was actually one of the best weeks we ever had as a family. Happy FF :)))

    1. Hi Liz.. Thanks for stopping by. What a great idea. I love a meatloaf sandwich on white bread with a little mayo. Unfortunately there weren’t any leftovers. Have a great weekend. :))))

  4. Oh my gosh – this looks so good! I never would have thought of cooking meatloaf on the grill. Brilliant! It would be good for summer here in Arizona since we don’t want to turn on our oven and heat up the house. Thank you for the idea and recipe!

    1. Thanks Shari.. It turned out really tasty with the addition of the smoked flavor. In Arizona couldn’t you just set the meatloaf outside for about 3 hours and would cook anyway? :)))) Have a great weekend. Quinn

    1. Thanks Amanda. Grilling and smoking takes it to another level. Yeah not bad pics for meatloaf. Some foods are not easy to make look good. Have a great weekend. :)))

  5. You are BOLD!! Meatloaf on the grill?! Shocking! But then what’s meatloaf if not a giant burger, anyway 😀 It looks and sounds delicious, Quinn! I think you got a winner here!

    1. Thanks Tony. I checked out your method. Interesting. Your bratwurst looked good. I want to start making my own sausages. What type of casing do you use??

      1. Thanks Quinn. I used a hog casing from a local store here. You can buy them online as well. Look forward to your sausage making posts 🙂

  6. What a delicious recipe and the photos of it look great! Thanks for sharing with us at #anythinggoes #8

    1. Thanks Sue and thanks for hosting #anythinggoes… How is the weather in Australia? We are starting to get hot here in Ohio. Thanks for stopping by my little blog. Have a great week. :))

  7. I love our Weber grills – for a long time we had a huge gas one with a built in smoker, rotisserie, etc., now I am down to two electric grills – don’t ask! I love cooking everything on the grill if possible and a meatloaf sounds like fun!

  8. Clever idea to use your grill. Add some baking potatoes and some veggies and you’ve got a complete meal on the grill. Thanks for sharing your post at the #AnythingGoes Link Party.

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