Introducing the “Smokin’ Jack’s” Whiskey Meatloaf – a flavor-packed delight that pays homage to the classic with a modern twist. This extraordinary smoked meatloaf gets its name from the abundance of Jack Daniels infused throughout the recipe. Prepare to be captivated by the succulence derived from the Jack Daniels blended into the meat, the irresistibly gooey pepper jack cheese nestled within, and the boldly zesty Jack Daniels sauce lavishly drizzled on top. All of this goodness is elevated by the subtle infusion of wood smoke, making it a meatloaf like no other.
Embracing Classic BBQ Techniques with a Dash of Creativity
As a BBQ enthusiast hailing from Utah, I revel in giving traditional recipes a dash of creativity. While staying true to classic BBQ techniques and the allure of wood smoke, I’ve elevated the humble meatloaf to new heights with a burst of exciting flavors.
Ingredients for Smokin’ Jack’s Whiskey Meatloaf
Gather the following ingredients to craft this exceptional smoked meatloaf:
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1/2 medium red onion
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 2 eggs
- 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 Tablespoons Jack Daniels whiskey
- 1 Tablespoon Beef Rub (or substitute with your preferred beef or steak seasoning)
- 1/4 cup milk
- 6 ounces pepper jack cheese
- Smokin’ Jack’s Whiskey Meatloaf Sauce
To create the tantalizing sauce that complements this meatloaf, you’ll need:
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup Jack Daniels whiskey
- 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
How to Master the Art of Smoking Meatloaf
Smoking this delectable meatloaf is not overly complicated, but it demands a bit of patience as it spends around 4 hours in the smoker. Trust me, though, the wait will be more than worthwhile. Let’s delve into the step-by-step process of smoking a meatloaf to perfection.
Step 1: Preheat the Smoker
Fire up your beloved smoker and preheat it to 225 degrees F. For a delectable flavor, consider using hickory or oak wood.
Step 2: Craft the Meatloaf Mixture
In a bowl, gently combine all the meatloaf ingredients. Avoid overmixing, as that may result in a tougher meatloaf. Treat the mixture with care, ensuring each component complements the others.
Step 3: Assemble the Meatloaf
Shape half of the meatloaf mixture into a loaf on a grill basket. Opt for a pan that allows the smoke to envelop all sides of the meatloaf. I recommend using a grill basket with holes at the bottom or a cooling/roasting rack. Now, place the strips of pepper jack cheese on top of the first meat layer, followed by the remaining meatloaf mixture. Press and shape the loaf to seal the cheese securely within the meat.
Step 4: Drizzle with the Whiskey Sauce
In a separate bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for the sauce. Pour this exquisite blend over the meatloaf, ensuring it forms a luscious, even coating around the top and sides.
Step 5: Smoke the Meatloaf
Carefully position the meatloaf-loaded grill basket onto the preheated grill grates. Close the lid and let it smoke away for approximately 4 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
Step 6: Savor the Delights
With patience and anticipation, take the meatloaf off the smoker. Allow it to rest for a minimum of 5 minutes before slicing and serving. Beware of the melty cheese that will ooze out from the middle, adding to the irresistible appeal of Smokin’ Jack’s Whiskey Meatloaf.
Timing is Key
For this tantalizing “Smokin’ Jack’s” Whiskey Meatloaf, the optimal smoking time is 4 hours. The additional layer of cheese and the double meat stack make this duration ideal for achieving the perfect balance of flavors and texture.
While keeping an eye on the clock, remember that ensuring the meat reaches a safe temperature is paramount. Once the internal temperature hits 165 degrees F, you’ll know your meatloaf is ready to delight your taste buds.
Now, gather your ingredients, fire up the smoker, and embark on a culinary journey filled with smoky, whiskey-infused bliss. The “Smokin’ Jack’s” Whiskey Meatloaf awaits!