Bacon Wrapped Smoked Meatloaf
Add the diced onion, green pepper and ground meat to a large bowl.
Add the bbq sauce, eggs, bread crumbs, salt and pepper to the bowl.
Mix the meatloaf with your hands and set aside.
On a piece of aluminum foil or parchment paper start to make a bacon weave. To make the weave lay out eight strips vertically on a piece of foil or plastic wrap. Then fold over every other vertical piece of bacon in the middle then place a strip horizontally across the vertical bacon. Then unfold the strips. Next fold back the alternate row of bacon that you previously left flat. Then place the next piece of bacon across the vertical strips directly adjacent to the first horizontal piece. Repeat two more times. Once you finish the first half, repeat with the other half.
Drizzle some barbecue sauce on the bacon weave and then top with the meatloaf.
Then drizzle a little more sauce over the top of the meatloaf. Finally using the foil/parchment for help, fold the bacon around the meatloaf. Make sure to keep the crease on the top of the meatloaf. That way you can flip it onto the grill without any problems.
Preheat your grill or smoker to 275 degrees. Make sure it is set up for offset cooking.
To set up the Weber for offset cooking, I utilized two firebricks lengthwise down the middle of the grill. Then I put about 5 lbs of unlit charcoal on one side. Then I lit 7 brickets and placed them on one end of the pile. This is a slow minion method that will produce just enough heat for about 4-5 hours. I then placed a few wood chunks throughout the pile. I wanted the offset side to read at about 275 degrees.
Once the smoker/grill is up to temperature, place the meatloaf on to the smoker. To do this, just flip it over onto the grates.
Cook for 2.5 hours or until the internal temperature is 135 degrees. Then remove the lid and baste the outside of the meatloaf with your favorite bbq sauce.
Continue cooking for about 1 hour more or until the internal temperature is 163 degrees. At this point, remove from the smoker, cover with a piece of tin foil and let rest for 15 minutes.
Slice and enjoy.