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Smoked Meatloaf (Gluten Free)

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Incredible taste, perfect texture, and an absolute family favorite, this smoked meatloaf delivers. Not only that, this smoked meatloaf recipe is Paleo approved and gluten free.

Smoked Meatloaf

What is Meatloaf?

Meatloaf is typically thought of as an American “comfort food” and is typically made using beef. We go in to great detail on all of the Benefits of Eating Beef on this website. There’s a lot of misconceptions and misleading information about the benefits of eating ruminant meats like beef.

Paleo Meatloaf

US Origins of Meatloaf

In the Oxford Companion to Food, it’s thought that meatloaf’s first mention in print in the U.S. was in 1899. It makes sense that this was the time something like meatloaf would originate due to the fact the mechanical meat grinder was recently invented. Ever since, we’ve seen meatloaf in most home cooking style cookbooks.

Smoking Meatloaf to Perfection

What’s different about smoked meatloaf?

Smoking is basically the same thing as barbecuing. Both BBQ and smoking meat involve techniques using indirect heat to (typically) slowly cook meat. What makes smoking meat unique? The smoke provides a unique flavor in addition to the methodology in how the meat is cured.

What is smoke curing?

When you smoke meat, that’s helping to seal the outer layer which makes it more difficult for bacteria to take over. Curing also works in other methods (not just smoke). For example, using salt. Common smoking styles include hot smoking, smoke roasting (pit barbecuing) and cold smoking.

Now with the meatloaf, it’s unlikely that you’ll cure the meat mixture used to make the meatloaf.

Benefits of Smoked Meatloaf

How is Meatloaf typically cooked?

Most recipes for meatloaf include using a standard oven. Using an over to cook your meatloaf is fine but you won’t get that added smoke flavor that makes this particular smoked meatloaf recipe unique and absolutely delicious.

What if I don’t have a smoker?

That’s okay, you’ll miss out on the unique smoke flavor but we’ve got you covered with this Paleo meatloaf recipe. This recipe makes meatloaf in small muffin shapes and is another great option for healthy eating. We believe strongly that beef is a food loaded with incredible nutrients our bodies need.

What makes this smoked meatloaf Paleo approved?

The ingredients used in this recipe avoid grains and other “sometimes standard” ingredients for making meatloaf. This is a clean food recipe that will fit many diet protocols.

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What are the ingredients for Smoked Meatloaf?

  • 2 lbs Ground Beef
  • 1/2 Yellow Onion
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 cup Ketchup (see notes)
  • 2 Tbsp Red Wine
  • 2 Tbsp Yellow Mustard
  • 2 Tbsp Cassava Flour (or pork rind crumbs, for low-carb)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, optional
Grain-Free Smoked Meatloaf

Grain-Free Smoked Meatloaf

Yield: 8 slices
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Ground Beef
  • 1/2 Yellow Onion
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 cup Ketchup (see notes)
  • 2 Tbsp Red Wine
  • 2 Tbsp Yellow Mustard
  • 2 Tbsp Cassava Flour (or pork rind crumbs, for low-carb)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, optional

Instructions

  1. Get smoker ready. We use an electric smoker (specifically, a Traeger). Once you've got the smoker started, get the temp up to 375°F.
  2. Dice the onions pretty small.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and combine really well. I like to wear a pair of nitrile gloves and just squish it all together until thoroughly mixed.
  4. Shape into a loaf and set into a loaf pan, pressing down to fit into all the edges and corners.
  5. Place in the smoker and insert a meat thermometer. Smoke for about an hour, or until the internal temperature reaches 160°F.
  6. Brush the top with some extra ketchup and continue smoking until internal temp reaches 165°F and then remove from the smoker.
  7. Let rest for about 5 minutes before slicing into 8 equal portions. Serve warm with a side of potatoes and a green salad.

Notes

Be sure to check ketchup labels for added sugar. Primal Kitchens is a good brand. You can also just use tomato paste instead, though you may need to add a bit of vinegar, garlic powder, and onion powder to make up for the flavor that would be in the ketchup.

Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1 slice
Amount Per Serving Calories 366Total Fat 22gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 151mgSodium 559mgCarbohydrates 5gNet Carbohydrates 4gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 34g

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