Jackd Up Smoked Meatloaf

This Jack’d Up Smoked Meatloaf recipe takes the classic meatloaf to a whole new level by incorporating the rich flavors of Jack Daniels whiskey and pepper jack cheese. The smoky essence from the smoker adds an extra layer of depth to this comforting dish, making it a standout choice for any gathering or family meal.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe:

The combination of savory ground beef, zesty seasonings, melty cheese, and a hint of whiskey creates a mouthwatering dish that is sure to impress your taste buds. The slow smoking process infuses the meatloaf with a unique smoky flavor that sets it apart from traditional oven-baked versions. This recipe is perfect for those who enjoy bold flavors and a touch of indulgence in their comfort food.

INGREDIENTS

MEATLOAF:

  • 2 pounds ground beef (at least 85/15 fat content)
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • ½ medium red onion (grated)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 2 Tablespoons Jack Daniels whiskey
  • 2 Tablespoons Hey Grill Hey Beef Rub (or your favorite beef or steak seasoning)
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 6 oz pepper jack cheese (cut into strips)

JACK DANIELS MEATLOAF SAUCE:

  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup Jack Daniels whiskey
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat. Preheat your smoker to 225 degrees F. This meatloaf is awesome with hickory or oak wood.
  2. Make the meat mixture. In a large mixing bowl, add all the ingredients for the meatloaf. Mix gently with your hands until just combined. Don’t overwork the meat or your meatloaf will be tough and chewy.
  3. Assemble the meatloaf. Spread half of the meatloaf mixture on the bottom of a grill basket. Layer the pepper jack cheese on top of the meatloaf, leaving about an inch of meat on all sides. Top with the remaining meatloaf mixture and press the edges together to seal completely. Any exposed holes and the cheese will leak out while cooking.
  4. Add the sauce. In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the sauce and then pour over the top of the meatloaf, letting it run down the sides a little bit.
  5. Smoke. Place the meatloaf on the smoker, close the lid, and smoke for 4 hours or until the internal temperature reads 165 degrees F.
  6. Enjoy. Remove the meatloaf from the smoker. Let the smoked meatloaf rest for a few minutes before slicing and serving.

PREP TIME: 15 minutes
COOKING TIME: 4 hours
TOTAL TIME: 4 hours 15 minutes
SERVINGS: 6

STORAGE:

Store any leftover smoked meatloaf in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave until warmed through.

RECIPE TIPS:

  • For a spicier kick, you can add more crushed red pepper flakes to the Jack Daniels meatloaf sauce.
  • Make sure to handle the meat mixture gently to prevent a dense and tough meatloaf texture.
  • Experiment with different types of wood chips for smoking to vary the flavor profile of the meatloaf.
  • Serve the smoked meatloaf with mashed potatoes, green beans, or a fresh salad for a complete and satisfying meal.”

I hope you find this recipe enjoyable and delicious! Let me know if you need any more assistance or have any questions. Happy cooking!

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