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This Traeger Smoked Meatloaf Recipe is going to give you all the comforting feelings of home. You’ve got down to earth ingredients that your momma would have used and then you add a delicious rub to kick up the flavor. Add in the smoky flavors and you’re going to love this Traeger Meatloaf.

smoked meatloaf on cutting board with barbecue sauce
Enjoy Smoked Meatloaf with your favorite barbecue sauce

Meatloaf is comfort food. Plain and simple. While it seems like meatloaf has always been around, it might be shocking to learn that its origins began in Ancient Rome. Today, you can find meatloaf made with everything from ground veal to chicken. The choices for cutting the meat to make it into a dense loaf are also varied from panko breadcrumbs to simple white bread. While you may have tried a variety of meatloaves over the years, have you ever smoked a meatloaf?

If you love easy recipes, you’ll love how easy this meatloaf is to throw together. If you’re looking for a relaxing Sunday, make this Traeger Meatloaf. Serve this with some smoked mac & cheese and a side salad for a delicious Sunday dinner.

Meatloaf Ingredients

ingredients for smoked meatloaf
Grab your ingredients for this easy to make Smoked Meatloaf
  • Ground beef
  • Yellow onion
  • Bell pepper
  • Garlic cloves
  • Seasoned salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Large egg
  • Breadcrumbs
  • BBQ sauce

BBQ Rub

  • Dark brown sugar
  • Paprika
  • Ground black pepper
  • Sea salt
  • Onion powder
  • Ground mustard
  • Cayenne pepper powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat the smoker to 180 degrees.
  2. Mix together the meatloaf ingredients.
ingredients for smoked meatloaf in a glass bowl
Mix all the ingredients for the Smoked Meatloaf
  1. Mix together the rub ingredients and set aside.
seasoning blend for smoked meatloaf in white bowl
Now mix up the seasoning blend for the Smoked Meatloaf
  1. Shape the meat mixture into a loaf and place on a wire rack and coat with rub.
seasoning blend sprinkled on smoked meatloaf
Smoked Meatloaf gets a lot of flavor with this seasoning blend
  1. Place on the smoker rack and cook for 1 hour.
  2. Increase the smoker temperature to 375 degrees, brush on reserved sauce, and cook for an additional 30 minutes or until the meatloaf reaches 165 degrees internally.
Smoked Meatloaf on Traeger smoker
Smoked Meatloaf ready to enjoy
  1. Remove from the smoker and cover with aluminum foil. Allow to rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing.
  2. Add additional BBQ sauce, if desired.

Hints

Mix together the meatloaf mixture and shape the night before. You can also mix together the rub and store in an airtight container.

Substitutions

Want to cut the fat? Use ground 98% fat-free ground turkey or chicken.

smoked meatloaf on cutting board with barbecue sauce
Add our Kansas City BBQ Sauce to your Smoked Meatloaf

Equipment

You don’t really need any special equipment for this Traeger Meatloaf. You need a couple bowls, a wire rack, and a brush to apply the BBQ sauce. One thing I would recommend for any meat recipe is an instant read thermometer. This makes it quick and easy to check the internal temperature of whatever you’re cooking. Lastly, cherry or apple wood is recommended for smoking. 

Storage

If you have leftovers, place them in an airtight container and refrigerate for 3 to 4 days. If you want to store for longer, wrap tightly and then freeze for up to 6 months.

Top Tip

Mix the meatloaf and rub mixtures up the night before. Then you can enjoy a relaxing day when it’s time to cook. 

barbecue sauce on smoked meatloaf
Nothing like a comforting meal with Smoked Meatloaf

FAQ

What is the secret to moist meatloaf?

  • A combination of wet ingredients will help keep your meatloaf moist. In this Traeger Meatloaf, you’ll use onion, bell pepper, egg, and BBQ sauce to add moisture.

What do you put in meatloaf?

  • A meatloaf consists of ground meat, filler (breadcrumbs, etc.), vegetables, and spices.

How to keep meatloaf from falling apart?

  • Filler is added to meatloaf so you can form a loaf. That and the egg help keep the meatloaf together as it cooks.
smoked meatloaf on cutting board with barbecue sauce
Thick cut Smoked Meatloaf is the best

Food Safety

Whenever you’re cooking with meat, you need to follow some food safety tips.

  1. Wash hands thoroughly after handling raw meat and eggs.
  2. Wear gloves when mixing meatloaf ingredients.
  3. Use a thermometer to make sure your meatloaf reaches 165 degrees internally.
smoked meatloaf on cutting board with barbecue sauce

Traeger Smoked Meatloaf Recipe

 This Traeger Smoked Meatloaf Recipe is going to give you all the comforting feelings of home. Add in the smoky flavors and you’re going to love this Traeger Meatloaf.
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Course: Smoked Recipes
Cuisine: American, BBQ
Keyword: smoked meatloaf, Traeger Smoked Meatloaf
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 429kcal
Author: Mark Rogers

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 medium yellow onion minced
  • 1 bell pepper minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp seasoned salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 3/4 cup BBQ sauce reserve 1/4 cup to brush on meatloaf

BBQ Rub

  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp ground mustard
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper powder

Instructions

  • Preheat the smoker to 180° F.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients except for the BBQ rub.
    ingredients for smoked meatloaf in a glass bowl
  • In a separate bowl mix together the ingredients for the BBQ rub .
    seasoning blend for smoked meatloaf in white bowl
  • Shape meat mixture into a loaf and place onto a wire rack, coat well with the BBQ rub
    seasoning blend sprinkled on smoked meatloaf
  • Place the rack on the smoker and smoke for 1 hour.
    Smoked Meatloaf on Traeger smoker
  • Increase smoker temperature to 375° F.
  • Brush on reserved bbq sauce and cook for another 30 minutes or until the internal temperature is 165° F.
    barbecue sauce on smoked meatloaf
  • Remove meatloaf from the smoker, cover with foil and let rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing.
  • Serve immediately with additional bbq sauce if desired and your favorite side dishes.
    smoked meatloaf on cutting board with barbecue sauce

Nutrition

Calories: 429kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 129mg | Sodium: 1926mg | Potassium: 644mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 721IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 4mg

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