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Perfect Bacon Wrapped Smoked Meatloaf

Smoked Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf may be the best flavor blend you have tasted in a very long time. And yet, it's totally simple to make.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, barbeque
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Resting Time 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 486kcal


  • Pit Barrel Cooker


  • 2 lbs beef vs bacon mix see note*
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley finely chopped
  • ½ lbs thick-cut bacon


Prep Grill

  • Preheat your smoker with good neutral flavor chunks and get it ready for a smoke at 225 - 250 degrees.

Sautee Onion

  • Line a 9" loaf pan with parchment paper or butcher paper.
  • Meanwhile, preheat a skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the olive oil and swirl to coat the pan.
  • Sautee the onion 5 minutes, until soft.
  • Add the garlic and cook another 30 seconds, until fragrant.
  • Add in the paprika, chili powder, and red pepper flakes and stir to coat.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cook.

Make Meatloaf

  • In a large mixing bowl, add the eggs, bread crumbs, parsley, and beef bacon mix.
  • Add in the onion mixture.
  • Stir to combine well.
  • Form into a loaf and gently layer the bacon atop as desired, based on the length of the bacon.
  • Place the meat in the prepper loaf pan.

Smoke Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf

  • Smoke the meatloaf over indirect heat until the bacon is crisp and the meatloaf temps at 160 degrees in the center.

Rest and Serve

  • Remove the meatloaf from the heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes on a write rack before slicing.


I used Porter Road's Beef vs Bacon for this recipe. However, a mix of 50% beef and 50% ground bacon would also do the trick.
The bacon used was R Family farms thick-cut bacon.
Western Wood Hickory Chunks were used for this smoke.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 486kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 140mg | Sodium: 358mg | Potassium: 434mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 291IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 3mg