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Bacon Stuffed Smoked Meatloaf Recipe

This smoked meatloaf recipe stuffed with bacon and cheese is so amazing! If you’re looking for the ultimate comfort food that oozes with flavor, try this on your Traeger or Green Mountain smoker today! 

smoked bacon meatloaf

Are you starting to smoke meats again this year?? We are, and this smoked meatloaf recipe is now listed as one of our favorite smoker recipes here on The Typical Mom. It. Is. Incredible!! You can see that in the photo above I am sure. (affiliate links present, originally published 4/19)

This not only looks droolworthy, but every bite is just out of this world I tell you. Get ready for greatness. You can pack it full of sharp cheddar cheese like we did here or use your favorite slices.

Smoked Meatloaf

I mean you could skip the cheese and bacon with this but OH MY please don’t. As is yes it is incredible, but these two babies take this over the top for sure y’all.

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Traeger Meatloaf

Let’s start with the basics of what you will need:

  1. Wood chips or Pellets – We buy this variety pack to make our electric smoker recipes. We also love these Jack Daniel’s wood chips. Apple pellets were used to make this particular one in our Green Mountain smoker.
  2. Smoker – we have a simple electric smoker and just purchased this larger pellet grill & smoker

Timing – you’ll need this meat smoking chart to know what temp and how long to cook each meat. If your smoker doesn’t have a built in digital thermometer you’ll want that too.

We have one with and one without. It sure is nice to be able to check without opening the lid. When smoking meats you don’t want to do that if at all possible. An even temp. is very important to achieving the perfect “cookness”.

Now let’s get started…..

bacon stuffed meatloaf

Stuffed meatloaf recipe

No this is not simple, ours is with cheese has bacon inside too!

  • Yes you can leave both of these items out but seriously, just go all in and give yourself a treat this evening.

We added both shredded sharp cheddar cheese and a few thicker slices too so it would really ooze out. Your meat mixture will be amped up with spices and diced onion so every bite will be PACKED with flavor. One slice will do ya’. 😉

Here are a few step by step photos to show you how to make this amazing meat loaf recipe. We will include oven directions as well below.

smoked meatloaf 2

Smoked meatloaf with bacon

  1. A large bowl for mixing
  2. Parchment paper
  3. Grill pan or silicone mat to place on your grate inside your smoker

I guess wax paper would do too but I prefer this for rolling your meat loaf up. A baking sheet is handy too if you’re making this in the oven.

Use a loaf pan if you’re making a smaller/shorter version of this if that’s all you have on hand.

stuffed meatloaf roll

Traeger Smoked Meatloaf

Ingredients we used:

  • Ground beef
  • Onion
  • Eggs
  • Onion powder
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne pepper – adjust to your desired heat level
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cheese – sharp cheddar is our preference

Bacon – precooked, we smoked bacon right before we made this and used that

BBQ sauce – if using one with heat be prepared for it to REALLY heat up, we prefer this honey style to bring a bit of sweetness in

smoked stuffed meatloaf

Smoked Meatloaf with Sweet BBQ Glaze

This is a quick step by step but there is a printable recipe card at the bottom of this post as well:

Make sure you preheat smoker to 150, or preheat oven to 350 degrees. Ensure there are pellets or wood chips inside your smoker, enough to last almost 3 hours.

  • We used apple chips for this smoked meatloaf recipe.
  • In a bowl add all ingredients except bacon and cheese. Mix together well. Set out a piece of parchment paper on to your countertop. Lay your meatloaf mixture down and spread out so it forms a square and is about 1/2″ thick all the way across.
  • Sprinkle your shredded cheese on top, then place your sliced pieces of cheese (if you decide to add more) on top of that spread out.
sharp cheese

Lay meatloaf log on a long grill plate as you see we used in this post.
Place inside your smoker, on grates, in the middle.

  • If baking in your oven, use a baking sheet. This method will take approx. 60 minutes to reach 150 degrees internally.
  • When smoking, cook time to smoke will be about 2 hours 15 minutes. Then, if you want to add barbecue sauce on to the top pour some on at this time.

Now turn your smoker/grill up to 400 degrees until it crisps on the outside as much as you’d like and internal temp reaches 150 degrees.

Times may vary on this depending on how thick your meatloaf is. Take off griddle and place on cutting board. Allow smoked meatloaf to rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing.

  1. This is the grill pan I used.
    1. You can add smoked corn for the last hour if you want too.
smoked meatloaf recipe 2

You can add 1/4 cup bbq sauce to top add once you turn up the temp.

Let’s talk choosing a bbq sauce.

  • The first time we made this stuffed meat loaf we added this barbecue sauce which we buy all the time. It was SPICY!

We think it amplified the little bit of spice it had in it while it was crisping up in the smoker. Now we use  this honey style.

Learn from us. If you really like heat then by all means use a spicy or somewhat hot sauce. Just know that the heat will be amplified in the last stages of cooking/smoking.

Also, you can adjust the amount of cayenne pepper added to the meatloaf mixture itself. We do a like a bit of a kick but 1 tsp is great for myself and the kids.

If my husband was making it just for himself he’d opt for 2 tsp.

smoked meatloaf recipe

Why we like a grill pan vs. a silicone mat or baking sheet.

Some people swear by silicone but I am not a fan. First off I’d rather use cast iron vs. any sort of plastic type of material for baking or grilling.

  • Secondly, I love that this griddle/grill pan has ridges so a lot of the grease is kept away from the meat.

If you flip it over it is a flat cast iron griddle too. Perfect for making pancakes on the stovetop, it’s super versatile.

Smoked bacon wrapped meatloaf

smoked meatloaf

Smoked meatloaf recipe

Ensure that your meatloaf mixture is the same thickness all the way across in the initial flattening out process.

  • Preheat your smoker or oven.
  • Do not open the smoker for the first 2 hours so it cooks evenly.
  • Want bbq meatloaf? Add it before you turn it up to 400 degrees at the end to add even more flavor!
  • Always check internal meat temperature before serving. This should be 150 F internal temperature when you take it off.
  • Allow meat log to rest for at least 10 minutes so it stays in tact when you slice it.

What is the best wood to smoke a meatloaf?

Maple, pecan or apple would be our choices. We almost always have apple on hand because it goes great with any sort of Traeger beef recipe.

Enjoy and don’t count the calories on this one. 😉

meatloaf with cheese

Serve with the best garlic bread recipe or our garlic smoked bread and enjoy!

You can print the recipe here:

Smoked Meatloaf

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Smoked Meatloaf Recipe

This smoked meatloaf recipe stuffed with bacon and cheese is so amazing! If you’re looking for the ultimate comfort food that oozes with flavor, try this! 
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon, cheese, ground beef, meatloaf, smoked, stuffed
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 406kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat smoker to 150, or oven to 350 degrees. Make sure there are pellets or wood chips inside your smoker. Enough to last almost 3 hours. We used apple for this smoked meatloaf recipe.
  • In a bowl add all ingredients except bacon and cheese. Mix together well.
  • Set out a piece of parchment paper on to your countertop. Lay your meatloaf mixture down and spread out so it forms a square and is about 1/2″ thick all the way across.
  • Sprinkle your shredded cheese on top, then place your sliced pieces of cheese (if you decide to add more) on top of that spread out.
  • Lay your precooked slices of bacon down, spread out evenly.
  • Lift one end of your parchment paper up and begin to roll this into a long log of sorts.
  • Roll up in such a way that you can remove the parchment paper when you’re done.
  • Once completely rolled up pinch the ends of your meatloaf roll so the least amount of cheese escapes in the smoking process.
  • Lay meatloaf log on to a long grill plate as you see we used in this post.
  • Place inside your smoker, on grates, in the middle. If baking in your oven it will take approx. 60 minutes to reach 150 degrees internally.
  • Close lid and smoke for 2 hours 15 minutes. 
  • If you want to add barbecue sauce on to the top pour some on at this time. Now turn your smoker/grill up to 400 degrees until it crisps on the outside as much as you’d like and internal temp reaches 150 degrees. (times may vary on this depending on how thick your meatloaf is)
  • Take off griddle and place on cutting board. Allow smoked meatloaf to rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing.

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Nutrition Facts
Smoked Meatloaf Recipe
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 406 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 74mg25%
Sodium 1103mg48%
Potassium 205mg6%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 540IU11%
Vitamin C 2.3mg3%
Calcium 339mg34%
Iron 3.5mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Recipe Rating




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Melissa Eckel

Saturday 12th of March 2022

Delicious!! My whole family loved it! I smoked it for 7hrs at 180 the 225 last 30 min with bbq. Also done in the winter so may mess with the cooking time. Only thing done differently was added 3/4c bread crumbs and crumbled the bacon.

The Typical Mom

Monday 14th of March 2022

So glad it was a hit!

Sheri

Wednesday 8th of December 2021

We smoked this on our Traeger last night at it was FANTASTIC! Going to plan a meatloaf party with friends with this recipe being the star. Followed your directions exactly although mine was smaller in size (1.5 lb beef) and I couldn’t get my Traeger below 180 but it cooked up in 2 hours and was the best tasting thing to come off my smoker.

The Typical Mom

Thursday 9th of December 2021

Yay!! It is a favorite in our house too.

kayceemo

Monday 8th of February 2021

This was soooooo good! The flavors are amaaaaazing! We used the smoker method - it did take a little longer than we planned so we actually finished it up in the oven. The only thing I did different was to break up my bacon so it was sprinkled on instead of slices and I did add about 1/2 cup of panko crumbs.

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 9th of February 2021

Yay for YUM

Janet Bradley

Monday 1st of February 2021

Sooooo want to try this. Have a question, do you think I could sneak some bagged baby spinach inside and proceed with the rest of the recipe? It cooks longe enough for the spinach to be done, correct.

Thanks, Janet

Marsha

Tuesday 5th of January 2021

No Breadcrumbs?? Crackers?? Or Oatmeal?? Curious. Before I smoke it!!

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