Wild Game Friday - Ep. 4 - Cheese-Stuffed Mule Deer Meatloaf


This article/video kicks off our fourth Wild Game Friday here at the goHUNT office. Each Friday, we are going to bring you some of our favorite ways to cook wild game.

Disclaimer - We are not professional chefs, but we love cooking. So our goal with these is to showcase not only our favorite ways to cook wild game but these are also going to be recipes that are easy to make and with ingredients that are readily available.

Smoked Stuffed Meatloaf

I’ve never been a big fan of meatloaf but I love smoking anything and everything on my pellet smoker, so when I saw a recipe for Smoked Stuffed meatloaf we had to try it and it quickly became a family favorite. It’s a super easy recipe with a fairly short smoke time and the reward is a juicy, smoky, cheesy meatloaf that everyone in my family loves. For this recipe, I used ground mule deer from my 2019 Colorado deer hunt, but you can use any ground meat. It only took 2.5 – 3 hours to prepare and cook. I usually make my own bbq sauce but to make the video a bit simpler I just used store-bought bbq sauce. If you have the time I’d highly recommend making your own, in my opinion, it tastes a little better. 

Items needed

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 medium red onion (grated)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon homemade steak rub
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 6 oz pepper jack cheese (cut into strips)

Homemade BBQ Sauce

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon homemade steak rub
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes

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