easy meatloaf recipeMeatloaf has been on everyone’s dinner table growing up and I find that more people love it than hate it. I have been critiquing my recipe for quite some time and now I am finally ready to release it. It’s a bit spicy but full of flavor! Also, this is the most important part, it’s moist and delicious! Okay, let’s jump into the recipe!

smoked meatloaf

Grillnations’ Smoked JackLoaf

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • 2 lbs Ground chuck
  • 3-4 oz Pepper jack cheese (2 slices)
  • 3-4 oz 3 pepper Colby cheese (2 slices)
  • 2 tbsp Jack Daniels
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cup Saltine crackers crumbled
  • 1 Small red onion grated
  • 2 tsp Cayenne
  • 2 tbsp Garlic powder
  • ½ cup Milk
  • 2 Eggs Beaten

Jack Daniels Glaze

  • 1 cup Ketchup
  • ¼ cup Jack Daniels
  • ¼ cup Brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 2 tsp Red pepper flakes


  • Start off by making your jack Daniels glaze. In a medium sized mixing bowl add the ketchup, Jack Daniels, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, honey and red pepper flakes. Whisk it until it all becomes one consistent mixture and set in the fridge, seal it if possible.
  • Now set your smoker at 225 degrees for smoking with apple wood chunks.
    If you do not have a smoker, see the bottom notes for alternatives!
  • In a large mixing bowl combine these ingredients for your meatloaf. The ground chuck (80/20), milk, red onion (use your cheese grater to grate the red onion), Jack Daniels, Worcestershire sauce, crumbled saltine crackers (I place them in a zip lock bag and roll with a rolling pin), cayenne pepper, garlic powder, beaten eggs and the homemade Jack Daniels sauce. Now mix until it is combined nicely but do not over work the meat.
  • On a medium sized grill pan (make sure it has holes on the bottom for dripping) place half of your meatloaf and form a solid base. Create a little dent along the meatloaf and add the cheese, if you are using slices make sure you fold them in halves. Once the cheese is placed add the remainder of the meatloaf and form it with your hands. Also, make sure there are not any holes, the cheese will melt through. 
  • Add 2/3 of your Jack Daniels glaze and brush for a good coating.
  • Add to the smoker and forget about it for 4 hours, or an internal temp of 165 degrees. I like to set another coat of the glaze 2 hours in.
  • Once the meatloaf is finished let it rest under aluminum foil for 8-10 mins at room temp and then slice 1/2-1” thick slices for serving.
  • Enjoy with family and friends!


I am fully aware that not everyone has a smoker! If you do, follow this recipe to a T and you wont be disappointed! That being said if you have an oven, you absolutely can still make this recipe! Cooking times will be much different because you will be cooking it at a higher temperature. If you have an oven, pre heat it to 350 degrees (175 degrees celsius) and cook it for about 30-45 minutes per pound! The optimal internal temperature for meatloaf is 165 degrees! Make sure you have some type of meat thermometer before starting this to make sure you don’t over/undercook it!


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Items Used In This Recipe

Hasty-Bake Grill/Smoker

Meater Plus

Charcoal Chimney

Charcoal Starters

Heat Resistant gloves

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