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All Jack'd Up Stuffed Smoked Meatloaf

A moist tender meatloaf infused with the flavor of Jack Daniels, stuffed with melted pepper jack cheese, and slathered in a bold spicy sauce.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Author: Meaghan @ 4 Sons R Us

Ingredients

For The Meatloaf

  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 medium red onion, minced
  • 3 tsp minced garlic
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp Jack Daniels whiskey
  • 1/2-1 tbsp Montreal steak seasoning
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 6 oz pepper jack cheese, cut into strips

For The Sauce

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Jack Daniels whiskey
  • 1/2 tbsp Montreal steak seasoning
  • 2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

Instructions

To Make The Meatloaf

  • Preheat your smoker to 225 degrees F, using a blend of hickory and apple wood chips.
  • In a large mixing bowl add the beef, bread crumbs, onion, garlic, eggs, Worcestershire, whiskey, steak seasoning, and milk. 
  • Using your hands, mix all of the ingredients just until evenly combined.
  • In the bottom of a small, shallow metal pan- spread out half of the meat mixture. Use your fingers to create a shallow well in the center. Add the pepper jack cheese to the well, leaving about an inch of meat on all sides.
  • Top with the remaining meatloaf mixture. Gently squish everything together to form a loaf, and use your fingers to securely seal up any holes so that the cheese doesn't leak out during cooking.
  • Stir together the sauce ingredients. Spoon the sauce evenly out over the meatloaf. Letting it drip down the sides a bit is a plus.
  • Transfer the meatloaf to the smoker, close and seal it and smoke for 4 hours- or until the internal temp reads 165 degrees F. 
  • Remove the meatloaf from the smoker. Let it rest for five minutes. Slice and serve with your desired sides.

Notes

recipe adapted from Hey Grill, Hey