Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Grilled Meatloaf

Ya’ll, this ain’t your ordinary meatloaf.

No, friends, this is SO much more.

It’s got BBQ and ketchup mixed right into it and it’s topped with 6 (yah, S-I-X) slices of bacon before it’s baked to juicy perfection. Just like my momma always made it!

Now here’s the kicker…

You can eat it as is -OR- you can kick it up a notch (spoken like Emeril Lagasse) by throwing it on the grill and basting it with a sweet and tangy tomato brown sugar mixture.

Hello Gorgeous:

Wise up, folks, THIS is how meatloaf was meant to be eaten:

Another perk to this recipe is you can oven roast the meatloaf the day before you want to serve it. Then the next day all you gotta do is slice it, heat it on the grill, and BAM!

Dinner is served! 

Love when things can be simplified like that. 😉

Enjoy… and don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for some Vanilla Bourbon Ice Cream with Salted Butter Pecans… yah. It’s as amazing as it sounds!  

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Grilled Meatloaf

Yield: 6-8 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

The meat department usually packages up what they call a meatloaf mix (2/3 ground beef and 1/3 ground pork). I typically buy one of the smaller ones and also purchase an additional small package of ground beef. I try and get the total weight around 2 pounds (but if it's a little over, that's fine).


For the Meatloaf:
1 1/2-2 pounds ground beef
1/2 pound ground pork
1/2 onion, finely chopped (about 3/4 cup)
1/2 cup bread crumbs (plus additional if the mixture seems too wet)
1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
1/4 cup bbq sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
6 slices bacon

For the glaze:
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 TBS apple cider vinegar


For the Meatloaf:
Preheat oven to 350º F and grease a 9"x13" pyrex pan. Add all ingredients (EXCEPT BACON) to a large bowl and mix together well. I like to use my hands for this. Once everything is completely combined check the consistency. If it seam a bit wet you can add additional bread crumbs.

Next dump entire mixture into prepared pyrex pan and form into a loaf using your hands. Lastly top with strips of bacon. You can crisscross them on a diagonal or just lay them across horizontally. Bake at 350º F for 1 hour then turn the oven up to broil and cook for an additional 2-4 minutes (this is to brown the bacon a bit more).

Insert meat thermometer into center of meatloaf to be sure it reaches at least 170º F. Remove from oven and allow to cool before slicing into 3/4 inch thick slices. Either serve as is or heat up your grill to medium high heat.

For the Glaze:
Whisk ingredients together in a small bowl. Place slices of Meatloaf onto hot grill (spray with non-stick cooking spray) and allow bottom side to get sear marks (3-5 minutes), flip and baste grilled side with glaze. Allow underside to also get grill marks (another 3-5 minutes) and then flip, baste again and close lid to allow glaze to do its things (another 2-3 minutes). Serve hot. You can heat up some of the glaze to serve as a dipping sauce.

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19 Responses to “Grilled Meatloaf”

  1. 1

    Lori @ RecipeGirl — August 7, 2012 @ 10:31 am

    It’s a fun dinner idea- something a little different! Love!

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    Madeleine — August 7, 2012 @ 10:41 am

    What a great idea on making meatloaf a summer dinner! Love it!

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    Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker — August 7, 2012 @ 11:04 am

    Oooh, my boyfriend adores meatloaf, he would love this! I’ve never seen a grilled version, it looks so good!

  4. 4

    Julia — August 7, 2012 @ 11:22 am

    I’ve never wanted meatloaf so bad! With mashed potatoes and peas, perfect comfort food!

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    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — August 7, 2012 @ 11:52 am

    I’ve never heard of grilling meatloaf before, but now that I have I definitely need to try it! This looks awesome, and I love the generous amount of bacon 🙂

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    Heather @ Heather's Dish — August 7, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

    um yeah, the prettiest meatloaf EVAH!

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    Megan — August 7, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

    My husband would love this! Are those mashed potatoes? Do you have that recipe on here too?

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    Tiffany Miller — August 7, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

    I am making meatloaf for dinner tonight! I guess we will be grilling our left overs tomorrow. It looks delicious!

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    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — August 7, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

    Umm you totally just took meatloaf to a whole new level! Love it! Grilled meatloaf sandwich? Omagawd.

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    Leslie — August 7, 2012 @ 8:28 pm

    Grilled meatloaf? TELL THE TRUTH! genius!

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    Victoria — August 7, 2012 @ 11:12 pm

    Meatloaf is my absolute favorite meal! I will have to give this a try sometime…..I even have some ground pork in the freezer that I need to use.

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    Mackenzie @SusieFreakingHomemaker — August 8, 2012 @ 8:31 am

    This blows my mind a little… I NEED to try this!! My husband will freak – he always just slices it thin and puts it on a sandwich the next day – grilling it is a whole different ball game!!

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    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — August 8, 2012 @ 9:02 am

    That is the most beautiful meatloaf I’ve ever seen! Ha – looks totally tasty too. Need to try this on the grill!

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — August 8, 2012 @ 9:55 am

    I freakin’ adore grilled meatloaf!! You are The Master!

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    Anita at Hungry Couple — August 8, 2012 @ 10:59 am

    All I can say is WOW!!!

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — August 8, 2012 @ 11:17 am

    My husband would be all over this!

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    LisainFL — August 20, 2012 @ 8:56 am

    this recipe was truly amazing, I rotate a few different meatloaf recipes, but this is a stand out!

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    Pam — August 27, 2012 @ 9:27 am

    I wonder if you could make meatloaf patties and grill them like burgers with bacon on them? Grilled mini meatloaves?

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    Carol ann Napolitano — February 12, 2016 @ 9:40 am

    The grilling part sounds like a great idea for leftovers, I love meatloaf sandwiches, I would usually fry it to get that crust. My mom use to always make hers with tomato soup, bacon, and baked potatoes, with crispy skin, love that potato skin. I saw your recipe for chicken and dumplings, fell in love with your recipes. The only thing is, I would leave in some carrots and peas, with the dumplings to make it more stew like, but some days I would want it without them. The great thing it, you can make it with beef too, beef and dumplings, YUM, YUM. So glad to have found your recipes, Take Care!

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