I love meatloaf, but it has been so hot outside that I have not wanted to turn on the oven.  So I decided to make a meatloaf on the grill.  It is super simple and you get to be outside. I love cooking outdoors in the summer. OK it is not summer yet, but it is extremely close.  I have been wanting to grill something ever since the guys from Pork Barrel BBQ gave me a bottle of their new Sweet Barbecue Sauce.  I utilized the barbecue sauce inside and on top of this meatloaf.  It was amazing!

Grilled Meatloaf

That brings me to the Giveaway! I am giving away two bottles of Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce to two lucky commenters.  Just leave a comment at the end of the post.  I am going to use a random number generator to pick to random numbers and those commenters will receive a free bottle of Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce.  Winner will be picked Saturday, May 29th, open to US Residents only.

Grilled Meatloaf

  • Meatloaf
    • 2 lb ground beef
    • 1 small onion
    • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
    • 1/2 cup potato flakes
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • Topping
    • 1/2 cup tomato based BBQ Sauce

In a large bowl mix together all of the meatloaf ingredients.  Mix it all together using your hands. The secret ingredient to this amazing meatloaf is the potato flakes.  They help retain the moisture and they give the meat loaf a creamy texture.  Try it next time you make a meatloaf.

Secret Ingredient - Potato Flakes

The mixture should be moist but not wet.  If the mixture is too dry, add a bit more bbq sauce.  If the mixture is a tad bit too wet, add more bread crumbs.

Add the eggs

Once the mixture is combined, form the meat into a loaf.  Use an upside down sheet pan or a pizza pan as the base.  This will make it so that you can easily place the meatloaf onto the grill.

Form the Loaf

Preheat the grill for indirect cooking at around 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

Place the meatloaf on to the grill over indirect heat.

Place the meatloaf on the grill over indirect heat

Next coat the meatloaf in your favorite BBQ sauce.  Using a brush, make sure that the meatloaf is fully covered.  This will help it retain some moisture.

Grilled Meatloaf

Close the lid and cook for an hour. At this time coat the meat loaf again with a layer of bbq sauce.  If you have a thermometer check the temperature in the upper 1/3 part of the meatloaf.  This part will cook the slowest as it is farthest from the heat source.  You want the loaf to register around 160 degrees to be fully cooked.  At this time in the cooking cycle, my meatloaf registered 120 degrees.  Cover and cook for another 30 minutes.

At this time I checked and it was 158 degrees.  This is a good temperature to remove the meatloaf as it will need to rest and it will continue to cook while it rests.  It will easily go up the 2 degrees.  Remove the meatloaf and let it rest for 10 minutes before carving. Remember cooking times will vary depending on how you formed your meatloaf.  Thicker loaves will take longer.  The best way to check is by temperature, but if you do not have a meat thermometer, cut into it and see if it is done.

Off the grill

Slice the meatloaf into 1/2-1 inch slices.  Serve as is or place the slices back on the grill.  Coat each side in BBQ sauce and flip twice, coating each side after the flip.  Remove from the heat and serve on your favorite bread.  This is the ultimate BBQ meatloaf sandwich.

Slice the loaf

Remember, two lucky commeters will receive a free bottle of Pork Barrel BBQ sauce.  Just leave a comment to enter.  Best of luck to everyone. Winner will be picked Saturday, May 29th, open to US Residents only.

Rex is an avid griller, barbecuer and bacon enthusiast. He is the Pitmaster for the Rex BBQ competition team. Rex was also featured on the TV show American Grilled. If you have any questions or wish to have Rex decode your favorite dish, click on the ASK REX link in the menu above.


  1. Wow. This is the first time I’ve heard of potato flakes. Is that weird? Do they carry them at regular supermarkets? I’ve never noticed it on shelves.

    Also, I just looked at the Pork Barrel BBQ sauce website and I see that it is not sold in my state, Rhode Island…yet.

    Your meatloaf looks excellent!

  2. i love meatloaf too, but hate onions. I’d omit the onions and add a little feta cheese! i always use seasoned breadcrumbs and fresh herbs to add bright flavor! I can’t wait to try it on the grill! Thanks

  3. Just Awseome…what a great idea for summer when the family wants meatloaf but I don’t want to turn on the oven!

  4. Hope I’m not too late! Sign me up.

    I just made a grilled meatloaf and meatloaf sandwich last week. Delicious as always!

    Saw a pic of you over at Grill Grrrrrl’s blog and said in my best Jeff Spicolli voice, “Hey! I know that dude!”

    • The winners of the bbq packages are Chris and James. Congrats guys. I will be emailing you guys later today to get addresses. Happy Barbecuing!!

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