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Bacon Wrapped Smoked Meatloaf


I don’t know about you, but growing up, my mom made us meatloaf every couple of weeks. In 2007 Good Housekeeping did a poll, and meatloaf was the seventh-favorite dish of Americans. In 2007 I wasn’t eating much meatloaf.  When I discovered Bacon Wrapped Smoked Meatloaf, it changed my mind about meatloaf.

The best part of this bacon wrapped smoked meatloaf recipe is creating the bacon weave that wraps the loaf of ground meat and veggies. Don’t let the bacon weave scare you, it’s pretty simple once you get started. I’m going to walk you through the steps.

Step 1: Lay the base
Start by placing seven pieces of bacon on a piece of parchment paper.  Lay them side by side, leaving no space next to them.

Step 2: Fold down every other piece of bacon
Now you want to take every other piece of bacon and fold it down about 2 inches (starting with the second piece of bacon). Next place a strip of bacon across the base to create the top row, lining up the top edges with the tops of the unflipped strips of bacon. With the top row in place, unfold the strips back to where they were. You have just started your bacon weave.

Step 3: Keep weaving
Start from the bottom folding up every other piece of bacon, beginning with the first strip this time. Put the second row of bacon under the first row; you should now see the weave starting to take place. Continue folding up from the bottom, changing between the columns to complete the weave.

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Bacon Wrapped Smoked Meatloaf

  • Author: spinman
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Meatloaf
  • Method: Grill/Smoke
  • Cuisine: American


Bacon Wrapped Smoked Meatloaf – Need I say more!


  • 2/3 lb ground beef
  • 2/3 lb ground pork
  • 1 lb bacon
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 small green pepper diced
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper


  1. Add the diced onion, green pepper and ground meat to a large bowl.
  2. Add the bbq sauce, eggs, bread crumbs, salt and pepper to the bowl.
  3. Mix the meatloaf with your hands and set aside.
  4. Wrap the meatloaf with the “bacon weave”.  See above in my post for instructions to make the weave.
  5. Drizzle some barbecue sauce on the bacon weave and then top with the meatloaf.
  6. Then drizzle a little more sauce over the top of the meatloaf. Finally using the foil/parchment for help, fold the bacon around the meatloaf. Make sure to keep the crease on the top of the meatloaf. That way you can flip it onto the grill without any problems.
  7. Preheat your grill or smoker to 275 degrees. Make sure it is set up for offset cooking.
  8. Cook for 2.5 hours or until the internal temperature is 135 degrees. Then remove the lid and baste the outside of the meatloaf with your favorite bbq sauce.
  9. Continue cooking for about 1 hour more or until the internal temperature is 163 degrees. At this point, remove from the smoker, cover with a piece of tin foil and let rest for 15 minutes.
  10. Slice and enjoy.

Keywords: Bacon, BBQ, Grilled, Meatloaf, Smoked, Weave


  1. Second time I made it !! It’s great!

    • Cara Breazeale

      I used this as a guide. I used 1 box of stovetop stuffing and no peppers or onions added worcestershire sauce, ketchup and barbecue sauce to my meat.

    • This turned out so amazing, the best meatloaf I have ever made or eaten!

  2. Will this leave the bacon crunchy throughout?

    • Yes.

    • I took it off the smoker at 160*. Then I put it under the broiler for 10 minutes to crisp up the bacon which brought the temp to 163*. Delish!

    • Anonymous

      Personally I’ve never used this recipe… and am looking forward to it tonight, but on prior bacon wrapped mearloafs I monitor the bacon and if it’s not getting done enough by the time the center is going to reach temp I turn my oven on to 450, transfer the meatloaf to the oven about 10 degrees before desired temp and blast the bacon with heat for 5-10 minutes.

  3. I made this for the first time and it was a HUGE hit with everyone! Thanks for the recipe and instructions it was so YUMMY!!!!

  4. i dont have a smoker can i cook in the oven

  5. Christopher

    Just made this. It was delicious. I used ground Italian sausage and smoked it with Apple wood chips. It was a big hit!!!!!

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