This keto smoked meatloaf recipe is a BBQ lover’s dream. Stuffed with Pepper Jack cheese and slathered in sugar-free BBQ sauce, it’s a low carb meal everyone will love.
Hey there! I’d like you to meet Mr. Traeger. I just recently met him myself but I suspect he’s going to be a good friend of mine. We’ve been hanging out a lot for the past few days. We made this awesome stuffed meatloaf together and he was a key player in making it come out so perfectly.
Traeger, as it happens, is a wood pellet grill. It’s also a smoker. It’s a smoker and a grill, and it’s pretty much my new best friend. Which seems kind of sad, I realize, since my new best friend is made of metal and can’t talk back to me. But you won’t think it’s sad when you see all the things a Traeger Grill can do.
Have you heard of these grills? They are pretty famous among the diehard grilling folks and it was my next door neighbour who urged me to get one. He grills and smokes a lot of the time and I kept peeping over his fence, smelling all the good smells emanating from his yard. So when Traeger reached out and offered me one to try, well, you can guess what happened next.
I thought long and hard about what recipe I might want to do to showcase this mighty grilling machine. So many possibilities and ribs were at the top of my list. But I already have an amazing low carb ribs recipe and I wanted to do something a little different. A plethora of ground meat helped me make up my mind. Smoked meatloaf! And not only smoked but stuffed meatloaf too!
How To Make Keto Stuffed Meatloaf
Admittedly, the inspiration was from another blog altogether. If you want to learn about some of the best ways to grill and smoke your favorite foods, you need to check out Hey Grill, Hey by Susie Bulloch. Her blog is fantastic and has steered me in the right direction many times. I spotted her Jack’d Up Smoked Meatloaf and I knew instantly that I wanted to make a low carb version.
But I also consulted some of the many wonderful recipes on the Traeger Grills website. That’s also an amazing reference point for all your grilling and smoking needs. I followed some of the methods outlined for the Not Your Mama’s Meatloaf to make mine, to get an idea of how long to cook it.
To make this a keto meatloaf, I substituted crushed pork rinds for the bread crumbs. And I skipped the onion altogether, but I did add a few cloves of minced garlic to the mix. I stuffed it with plenty of Pepper Jack cheese – I advise using sliced cheese if you can. I used both some sliced cheese and some pre-grated cheese, and the pre-grated didn’t get as melty as I would have liked. When you smoke foods at low temps, the grated cheese doesn’t melt as much.
And then I slathered on some of my Easy Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce in the last 30 minutes of cooking.
Smoking meatloaf takes it to a whole other level, but you can also do this easily on a regular grill or in the oven. I’ve included instructions for both of those methods as well!
If you ever get a chance to try out a Traeger Grill, I highly recommend it. It’s fun to use both as a grill and as a smoker. I had so much success with the meatloaf, I decided to spend a full day grilling other meats, including ribs, a brisket, and a pork roast. This grill/smoker is quickly making an addict out of me!
*Please note: I received a Traeger grill in exchange for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Pepper Jack Stuffed Meatloaf
- Preheat your smoker to 225F. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, pork rinds, garlic, salt, and pepper. Mix well with your hands to thoroughly combine.
- Use half of the mixture to form a rectangle about 5x9 inches on the prepared baking sheet. Layer with the cheese, leaving a border all around. Top with the remaining meat mixture, sealing the cheese inside.
- Place the baking sheet on the smoker and smoke for about 2 hours, until the meatloaf registers 160F with an instant read thermometer. In the last half hour of smoking, brush with the BBQ sauce.
- Remove and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with additional BBQ sauce for drizzling.