Meatloaf is one of those easy to cook meals that everyone loves. It can be prepared several ways depending on what ingredients you like. Cooking meatloaf on a pellet grill is even better. Getting some fresh air outside while smelling smoked foods is heaven. Add that sweet, smokey flavor from good wood pellets and there is nothing better.
Some households have picky eaters, so making individual 1 pound loaves is a great way to accommodate everyone. Heck, you can make 11 different variations if you’re feeling froggy. I know what your thinking given the timing of this article. If we had one more meatloaf, we could do 12 Meatloaves of Christmas.🎄
- 11 pounds ground beef cooked
- 11 loaf pans
- Layer of sauce, layer of Parmesan, and thick cut provolone
- MAK 2 Star pellet grill @ 225F
- FlameZone covers on
- Lumber Jack wood pellets
- Bottom Rack: Meatloaves cooked to 160F internal in 1hr 20min
- Upper Rack: Meatloaves cooked to 160F internal in 1hr 50min
This was a large cook. We took 11 pounds of ground beef and made eleven loaves of meatloaves. Four loaves were going to family members, and we planned on eating some now and freezing the rest. We love freezing meatloaf in 1 pound chunks because it is the perfect previously cooked food to pull out of the freezer. Cooked frozen meatloaf is a convenient way to have a delicious dinner ready at a moments notice.
We like to substitute pork rinds for bread crumbs in our meatloaf. You can also add bacon, cheese, or anything else. A quick google search will bring up thousands of meatloaf recipes. You can find the recipe we used here.
Combining Ingredients and Preparing Meatloaf
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix with your hands. Once you have everything mixed, you can take chunks of beef and start forming it in your loaf pans. In a standard disposable loaf pan it should be about 1 pound per pan.
TIP If you want the most smoke flavor on your meatloaf, cook the meatloaves naked. Form the mixture into a tightly packed loaf. We chose to use the loaf pans because we added a layer of sauce on top with cheese. The pans keep all this goodness contained and also make freezing the meatloaf a breeze. Once they cool down, cover the meatloaf with a foil sheet and throw it in the freezer. You now have food for weeks.
If you choose to leave the meatloaf naked, you can glaze it with the barbecue sauce of your choice the last twenty minutes of the cook. This will give you a sweet, smokey crust on the outside that can’t be beat.
11 Meatloaves on MAK 2 Star Pellet Grill
As you can see in the photo above, 11 meatloaves fit easily on the MAK 2 Star pellet grill. We have the upper full rack which gives you the same amount of space as the bottom rack. We could have probably squeezed 16 meatloaves on there if we wanted as there was plenty of room.
Beautiful, Smokey Golden Brown Meatloaf
The meatloaf turned out great. We gave some away to family and plan on eating the rest over the next few months. If you work full-time and often find it hard to find something good for dinner, then give this a try. Throwing a bunch of these meatloaves in the freezer is a great way to ensure you always have a good dinner. And, they make a great Christmas gifts!