Jack’d Up Smoked Meatloaf gets it’s name from the insane amount of Jack going on inside! This meatloaf is insanely moist because of the Jack Daniels in the meat, ridiculously addictive because of the pepper jack cheese oozing from the middle, and unbelievable bold because of the spicy Jack Daniels sauce smothered on top. Add the subtle hints of wood smoke to the mixture and you’ve got a meatloaf worth eating.
I love taking these old school classic recipes, and giving them a modern twist. I’m not really a traditionalist when it comes to BBQ (I’m from Utah after all, there isn’t much tradition to cling to!) I love using classic BBQ techniques and good old fashioned wood smoke to create new layers of flavor in exciting and updated ways. Meatloaf is about as old school as it gets, but I think the bold flavors I’ve added into the mix create a meatloaf like you’ve never had it before.
For this recipe, I use my homemade steak rub (grab that recipe HERE), but you can substitute for a beef or steak seasoning of your choice if you don’t want to make your own. The little pinch of cayenne in the homemade rub just adds a little kiss of heat inside the meatloaf itself and it is phenomenal!! That homemade touch really adds to the final Jack’d Up Smoked Meatloaf experience.
PRO TIP: For smoked meatloaf, you really need a pan that will allow the smoke to penetrate all sides. I smoked mine in a shallow grill basket with holes on the bottom so the smoke could circulate all around the meatloaf. You can also use a cooling or roasting rack!