Satisfy your inner Cajun! This bayou-inspired meatloaf gets a spicy kick from the addition of Louisiana-style hot sauce and incorporates the famous “Holy Trinity” of onion, bell pepper, and celery. We used the milder Crystal hot sauce in this recipe; if you substitute Tabasco sauce, use less as it packs a spicier punch. Roast potato wedges alongside the meatloaf (the potatoes will need about an hour), or whip up some mashed potatoes in the kitchen while the meatloaf cooks.

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  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup finely diced onion
  • 1/2 cup finely diced celery (2 to 3 stalks)
  • 1/2 cup finely diced red or green bell pepper
  • 3 green onions (scallions), white and green parts thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 to 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely diced
  • 1/2 cup beef broth or milk
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 -1/2 tablespoons Traeger Cajun Rub, or your favorite Louisiana-style rub
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons Louisiana-style hot sauce such as Crystal or Frank’s RedHot
  • 1 tablespoon Creole-style mustard, brown mustard, or yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 pound andouille or other spicy sausage, removed from casing
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 cup ketchup (for the glaze)
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar (for the glaze)
  • 1 tablespoon Louisiana-style hot sauce, or more to taste (for the glaze)
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar, or more to taste (for the glaze)
  • 2 teaspoons Creole-style mustard, brown mustard, or yellow mustard (for the glaze)


Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Spray a wire cooling rack with cooking spray and set on top of the baking sheet. In a large frying pan, sauté the onion, celery, bell pepper, green onion, garlic, and jalapeno(s) in the oil until the vegetables soften, about 5 minutes. Add the beef broth, ketchup, Traeger Cajun Rub, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, mustard, and pepper, and stir to combine. Remove from the heat and let cool completely. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, pork, and andouille sausage. Add the egg, bread crumbs, and the cooled vegetable mixture. Mix lightly but thoroughly with your hands until well combined. Form a rectangular loaf about 8 inches long and 1-1/2 to 2 inches high. Lay it on top of the cooling rack. When ready to cook, start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Put the pan with the meatloaf on the grill grate and smoke for 1 hour. Increase the temperature to 325 and bake the meatloaf for 1 hour. In the meantime, make the glaze: Combine the ketchup, brown sugar, hot sauce, white vinegar, and mustard in a small saucepan. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes. Pour the glaze evenly over the meatloaf, or brush it on with a pastry brush. Continue to cook the meatloaf for 30 minutes more, or until the internal temperature in the thickest part is 160 degrees F. Let the meatloaf rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.