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Grilled Barbecue Meatloaf

This recipe is: dairy freenut free

For the most flavor, this BBQ grilled meatloaf recipe is made from a combination of beef and pork, then seasoned to perfect and basted with barbecue sauce while it cooks.

We love to serve this with Instant Pot baked beans and our favorite easy macaroni salad recipe, but you can also pair it with more traditional sides like mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli or even air fryer green beans.

a hand grabbing a plate full of mashed potaotes broccoli and meatloaf

Why I love this BBQ meatloaf recipe

The weather isn’t too cold yet this fall, so it seems appropriate to continue grilling as long as possible. By no means am I an expert at grilling – because I haven’t always had access to a grill – but while I’m home I am using it as much as I can.

My favorite thing about grilling is that there are no dirty pots or pans to wash. And since I feel like I’m constantly washing or drying dishes, it seems like the best excuse it the world to use the grill.

This time I’ve made grilled barbecue meatloaf. It’s a nice change from a regular baked meatloaf. It’s got the spicy kick of barbecue sauce and added flavor complexity from the mixture of ground pork and beef. It’s also a cinch to put together.

Just throw everything in a bowl, mix it up and shape it into loaves. Then top the loaves with some ‘homemade’ sauce and toss them on the grill.

plates with meatloaf and mashed potatoes and broccoli ready to eat

Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe

How to make grilled meatloaf

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. You don’t want to over mix, as it will make the meatloaf dense, just make sure everything is combined well.

Divide the mixture into two separate loafs. You won’t be using a loaf pan, but I like to make mine similar shaped.

Top with barbecue sauce and grill for an hour without flipping the loaves. Grill until your meatloafs reach an internal temperature of 160˚F.

an upclose view of a plate with meatloaf, mashed potatoes and broccoli

FAQ’s and tips for making meatloaf on the grill

What is the internal temperature of a cooked meatloaf?

Ground beef and pork should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160˚F, so you’ll want to cook your meatloaf to 160˚F. I recommend using an instant-read thermometer to check the temperature.

Why does my meatloaf fall apart?

If you followed this recipe exactly then there shouldn’t be any issues. That said, it your meatloaf begins to fall apart there are two pretty common reasons. 1) there wasn’t enough of a binding agent like eggs or bread crumbs and 2) you overcooked the meatloaf.

What barbecue sauce should I use for my bbq meatloaf?

You can use any barbecue sauce that you want! This is great because it gives you an advantage of already knowing that you’re going to like the meatloaf when it’s done. So if you’re looking for a hickory smoke, honey, or vinegar flavor added to the dish, just pick a sauce that matches the flavors you want incorporated!

Is there dairy in breadcrumbs?

Check the ingredients before buying your breadcrumbs! You wouldn’t guess it, but some store-bought breadcrumbs actually contain milk. It’s usually the seasoned ones, but always be sure to check.

easy dairy free grilled meatloaf

Tasty ideas to serve this with:

More ground beef recipes to try!

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Barbecue Grilled Meatloaf

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hours
  • Total Time: 1 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 loaves 1x


For the most flavor, this BBQ grilled meatloaf recipe is made from a combination of beef and pork, then seasoned to perfect and basted with barbecue sauce while it cooks.


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 2 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup

For the sauce:

  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup


  1. Preheat grill to medium-low indirect heat.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients.
  3. Shape meat mixture into two loaves.
  4. Top with barbecue sauce mixture.
  5. Grill for 1 hour or until internal temperature reaches 160˚F.
  6. Let rest for about ten minutes before slicing and serving.
  • Category: Mains
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 299
  • Sugar: 7.1 g
  • Sodium: 547.7 mg
  • Fat: 11.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 20.5 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 26.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 88 mg

Keywords: easy, dairy free, beef, meatloaf, grilling

Recipe adapted from Weber’s Way to Grill.

Last Updated on April 7, 2022 by Melissa Belanger

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    1. Thanks! I got it at Goodwill, but it has no markings of any kind on it so I can’t even tell you that. Sorry!

      1. Just curious. On the grill with indirect heat. But did you cook this directly on the grill or leave on a pan of some sort?

        1. Indirect just means that the burner under the food is off, but we cook these directly on the grill grates!