Our best Meatloaf recipe has a sweet and tangy bbq glaze. This Perfect Meatloaf is tender, flavorful, and better than you remember from childhood, give it a try tonight!
Why this Recipe Works
Growing up as a child of the 70’s, meatloaf was a staple on our family dinner table. I grew up eating this dinner, and to this day I still serve this classic meal to my family.
Only, now I’ve changed up the flavor.
Or I should say, I’ve added MORE flavor.
I’ve taken the traditional meat loaf recipe of childhood and added a tangy glaze of homemade bbq sauce. It’s so good! Especially when served with a side of au gratin potatoes!
When you hear people talk about mom’s meatloaf, this is why. Put away all your misconceptions about what makes a great meatloaf, and give this delicious dinner a try!
For a tastier meatloaf, be sure to season it properly! And follow my tips for a juicy slice of beef.
- Ground Beef- choose an 80 or 85% beef. Don’t opt for the super lean here, has the extra fat in the beef will result in a tender slice of meatloaf!
- Seasonings- garlic powder, minced onion, kosher salt, and pepper help flavor the beef.
- Dairy- milk and shredded cheese help create an incredibly MOIST meatloaf that will slice perfectly.
- Oats- I opt for quick cook oats, but classic old fashioned will work fine too (and provide a chewier texture). Do not use steel cut oats in this recipe! If desired, you can swap out the oats for breadcrumbs instead!
- Glaze- You’ll need brown sugar, ketchup, and mustard to create the tangy glaze on top. Even my condiment hating husband loves this meatloaf glaze!
How to make The Best Meatloaf
STEP 1: Start with ground beef. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
STEP 2: Combine your ground in a bowl with minced onion, garlic powder, quick cook oats, cheddar cheese, milk, eggs, kosher salt and pepper. Mix by hand or with a wooden spoon until combined.
STEP 3: Line a large baking sheet or shallow baking pan (make sure it has at least a 1″ side to collect any moisture or glaze) with aluminum foil. Shape your meat mixture into a loaf. Some people will use an actual loaf pan or bread pan, but I prefer the way it cooks on a baking sheet.
Next make your meatloaf glaze recipe.
STEP 4: In a small bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup ketchup, light brown sugar, and yellow mustard. Spoon glaze over the top of your meatloaf.
STEP 5: Bake in a preheated oven for about 55 minutes. Serve hot and enjoy!
YES! absolutely! You may want to line the pan with foil or parchment paper for easy release. I would use a 9-inch loaf pan, and use a meat thermometer to check doneness.
My classic meatloaf recipe will cook in a 350 degree oven for about 55 minutes. The key is to check the internal temperature, and remove from oven when it reaches 160 degrees F.
Yes. Wrap uncooked meatloaf in plastic wrap then wrap in foil. Freeze for up to two months. When ready to cook, thaw in refrigerator overnight. Bake according to recipe directions.
Meatloaf can fall apart if you don’t have anything to bind it together. Don’t skip adding the egg and milk to this recipe. It helps bind the beef together and keep it from crumbling.
What to do with Leftovers
One of my favorite things to eat for lunch is a leftover meatloaf sandwich.
But, if you find you’ve really made too much, you can wrap it and freeze your leftovers. Heat in microwave for a quick lunch.
Or, break up the cooked meatloaf and put in tacos!
I know it’s not the holidays, but we still love making this Sweet Potato Casserole year round! It’s sweet and delicious, and goes great with this BBQ meatloaf recipe!
If you’re going to serve the perfect meatloaf you should also serve the The Best Mac and Cheese. This homemade macaroni and cheese recipe is one of the dishes my kids request on a weekly basis. I’ll change it up sometimes and serve this Gouda Bacon Macaroni and Cheese too.
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Classic Meatloaf recipe with a sweet and tangy bbq glaze. This Perfect Meatloaf is tender, flavorful, and better than you remember from childhood, give it a try tonight!