Spicy Smoked Meatloaf


This is like a little taste of pure masterfulness. I am a fanatic of meatloaf and wandered around aimlessly for 20-odd years looking for an answer... This is it!

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 55 mins
1 meatloaf


  • cooking spray

  • 3 pounds ground beef

  • 1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chile peppers

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 large white onion, chopped

  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs

  • 2 tablespoons seasoned salt (such as LAWRY'S®)

  • 2 tablespoons ground black pepper

  • 2 hot banana peppers, diced

  • 2 teaspoons pink salt

  • 2 teaspoons onion salt

  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt

  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika

  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke flavoring


  • ½ cup ketchup

  • ¼ cup tomato-based chile sauce (such as Heinz®)

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper

  • 2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce (such as Frank's RedHot®)

  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground red chile pepper

  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes


  1. Preheat smoker to 225 degrees F (110 degrees C) according to manufacturer's instructions. Grease a loaf pan with cooking spray.

  2. Combine ground beef, diced tomatoes, eggs, onion, panko bread crumbs, seasoned salt, 2 teaspoons pepper, hot banana peppers, pink salt, onion salt, garlic salt, paprika, and liquid smoke flavoring in a large bowl. Mix well with your hands. Pack it into the prepared loaf pan, doming the top.

  3. Smoke meatloaf for 2 hours, adding wood chips to the drip tray according to manufacturer's instructions.

  4. Whisk ketchup, chile sauce, sugar, 1 tablespoon pepper, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt, red chile pepper, and red pepper flakes together to make sauce.

  5. Drain excess grease from meatloaf; spread sauce on top. Return to smoker for 30 minutes more. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).

Cook's Note:

Adjust spice level to your taste.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

440 Calories
33g Fat
16g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 440
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 33g 42%
Saturated Fat 13g 64%
Cholesterol 143mg 48%
Sodium 2074mg 90%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 11mg 55%
Calcium 47mg 4%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 448mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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