How To Smoke Meatloaf

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Learn How to Smoke Meatloaf with minimal effort, simple ingredients, and your smoker. When it comes to cooking meatloaf, smoking it is the way to go. Not only does smoking add flavor and juiciness, but it also makes the meatloaf more tender.

If you’ve never smoked meatloaf before, don’t worry – this tutorial will show you how easy it is. So fire up your smoker and get ready to make some delicious smoked meatloaf!

This meatloaf recipe is fantastic with ground beef, tomatoes, onions, crackers, and an incredible homemade steak sauce. 

Smoked Meatloaf

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Ingredients Needed For Smoked Meatloaf

How To Smoke Meatloaf

1. Turn the smoker on and begin heating to 250 degrees F. 

2. Combine the ground beef, tomatoes, onions, cracker crumbs, and sauce in a bowl. Mix together gently. 

3. Form the mixture into a loaf and place it in an aluminum pan. 

4. Begin smoking the meatloaf for 30 minutes. Add more steak sauce and check the internal temperature. 

5. Continue cooking until the temperature reaches 165 degrees F. 

6. Remove the meatloaf from the smoker and let it rest for 10 minutes. Serve with more sauce and enjoy!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe for How To Smoke Meatloaf

  • Smokey and irresistible flavors
  • Family favorite dish
  • Great for potlucks and parties
  • Easy to make
  • Clean up is practically effortless
  • Makes awesome leftovers

Expert Tips for Smoking Meatloaf

  • Go for cheddar! Feel free to add some shredded cheddar cheese to the meatloaf for a boost of flavor. I recommend adding ¼ – ½ cup to the mixture. And if cheddar isn’t your thing, mozzarella or any other variety will work too.
  • Breadcrumbs work too. If you find yourself out of crackers, feel free to swap them for breadcrumbs. Make sure to go for finely crushed bread crumbs.
  • Add some heat. If you love a touch of spice, sprinkle in a little bit of cayenne pepper. Don’t add a lot; just a dash or two is enough to do the trick.
  • Crumbled bacon is delicious. Another fun way to add variety is by mixing in some crumbled bacon. You’ll need to cook it until it’s crispy and let it cool down. Then add to the beef mixture and cook. 
Brushing on Homemade Steak Sauce

Can I Substitute The Ground Beef?

Yep! Feel free to swap the ground beef for your go to ground meat. Chicken, turkey, and pork would all work well. If desired, you could use more than one variety of ground meat.

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How Long Does Smoked Meatloaf Last?

This meatloaf will last between 3-5 days. After you have let it cool down, wrap it up in a piece of tin foil and put it inside of an airtight container. 

Can I Freeze Smoked Meatloaf?

Yes, and it makes incredible leftovers. To freeze leftover meatloaf, it should be wrapped up tightly and stored in a freezer safe container. Make sure the lid fits snug, and it will last for 3-4 months.

How Do You Reheat Meatloaf?

Start by heating your oven to 275 degrees F. Then place the leftover meatloaf in a casserole dish and 2-3 tablespoons of beef broth. Loosely cover the meatloaf with a piece of tin foil. Cook for 20-25 minutes or until it’s hot. 

You could also microwave the leftovers, but it will heat quick, and sometimes it dries out. Don’t forget to cover it with a paper towel when microwaving because it will splatter as it heats.

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Smoked Meatloaf

How To Make Smoked Meatloaf

Yield: 1 Meatloaf
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

This meatloaf recipe is fantastic with ground beef, tomatoes, onions, crackers, and an incredible homemade steak sauce.


  • 1 ½ lbs ground beef
  • 1 16 ounce can of diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • ½ sleeve of crackers, crushed- we like Ritz
  • 1 cup of our Easy Homemade Steak Sauce


  1. Preheat Smoker to 250 degrees
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients together using only ½ cup of Homemade Steak Sauce.  Form into a loaf and put in an aluminum baking pan.
  3. Place the pan with the loaf into the smoker.  Check at the 30 minute mark, add the other ½ cup of Steak Sauce to the top of the meatloaf
  4. The meatloaf is complete when the meat thermometer reaches 165 degrees.


NOTE: Not all smokers are the same. Cooking time may vary.

Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 281Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 76mgSodium 708mgCarbohydrates 11gFiber 2gSugar 5gProtein 24g

I am not a nutritionist. All nutrition values have been automatically generated. If you have questions, please have a professional look at the ingredients and help you with new values.

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