Better Than Mom’s– This Grilled Meatloaf Will Change Your Life


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I love meatloaf. Whether it’s traditional, or it has a twist or two, I can’t get enough. This particular meatloaf intrigued me because it’s cooked on the grill, and has beer, bacon, and cheese!

Even if you have the best meatloaf recipe out there, using the roll out method from this tutorial will change the way you make your meatloaf forever. 


Here’s what you need:

  • 5 lbs ground chuck
  • 1 lb cooked bacon (make sure it isn’t too crispy)
  • Seasoning (They use something called SPG, which is basically salt, pepper, garlic, paprika, crushed red pepper, and fennel. Use whatever seasoning you like!)
  • Marinara sauce, or use your favorite sauce (I used BBQ, and it was amazing. Try steak sauce, too!)
  • Hard cheese, like aged Provolone or Gouda
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 3/4 cup celery
  • 1 can beer

For this meatloaf, it’s really all about the technique. If you use this idea for keeping it all together, you can create your own meatloaf magic.

Smoke up the bacon on the grill and chop it up into small pieces. Dice up the onion and celery.

Wet the chopping board down with beer to stop the beef from sticking. I suggest pouring beer on the beef as well in the next step. It adds a ton of flavor!

Take the ground beef and spread it out evenly to flatten it down to about 1/2 – 3/4 inch thickness all over.

Now sprinkle your seasoning all over, and add your sauce. Sprinkle the diced onions and celery evenly all over the top.

Then spread the smoked bacon and add the shaved hard cheese and roll it up. Tuck in the sides as you roll so they don’t spew out.

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Add a bit more sauce and top off with a few slices of uncooked bacon. Place it on the grill opposite the hot coals and Cook at 275-300°F [135-149°C].

And a few slices of uncooked bacon, it’s gonna take about an hour to cook.You want an internal temp of about 155-160°F [68-71°C].

Just before it’s done, add a bit more cheese on top and take it off when the cheese has melted.

When you take it off the grill, let it rest for about ten minutes or so before serving.

Watch the video tutorial below by The BBQ Pit Boys, and follow the step by step instructions to make this easy meatloaf recipe.