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An easy, oven-baked BBQ Meatloaf recipe! Tender, juicy ground beef is loaded with savory flavors and topped off with a BBQ Sauce glaze! It is the perfect weeknight dinner.
Oven Baked BBQ Meatloaf Recipe
This Easy Weeknight Barbecue Meatloaf recipe just takes just a few minutes to put together and 45 minutes to cook. A satisfying, comfort meal after a long day and the perfect weeknight meal. A classic dish turned up a notch.
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Growing up, meatloaf made a pretty regular appearance on our family dinner table.
I often make many varieties of meatloaf… sometimes the Italian version with breadcrumbs, garlic, eggs, etc… This version is tasty and very simple. I call this one is an inspiration for my love of summer. We can’t seem to have lovely warm weather in the winter.
I thought, let us turn one of our family favorite comfort food recipes into a summer version we can have on a chilly weeknight. And if you are needed a great side for this meatloaf we really enjoy these Brown Butter & Maple Sweet Potato Hasselback.
Don’t settle for your old plain version of meatloaf.
The sauce on the top isn’t just plain old’ ketchup. It is a mixture of your favorite Barbecue sauce (We prefer Newman’s Own Hickory flavor), mayonnaise, and spices.
How to Make BBQ Meatloaf
First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
Bye-Bye, Loaf Pan. – Meatloaf is best not in a pan.
Meatloaf is better when you ditch the loaf pan altogether. In the past, meatloaf was only cooked in a loaf pan. We are changing that up.
There is a trick to this meatloaf! Ditch the loaf pan! (and the grease). Cover a cooling rack with aluminum foil, and poke holes in the foil for the grease to drip through. This will crisp the bottom of the meatloaf and keep it from being greasy. No one wants to eat greasy meat.
It will also allow the hot air from the oven to evenly cook your meatloaf.
This is just a quick tip that I picked up over the years.
BBQ Meatloaf Ingredients
You can find a full list of ingredients listed below. You can also feel free to print this recipe for future use. All ingredients in this recipe provide the texture and taste that you will love.
This recipe is not gluten-free, but can be made to be by substituting with gluten-free Italian breadcrumbs.
In a large bowl, whisk the egg. Then add the mayonnaise, BBQ sauce, and seasonings. Add the ground beef, hand fold in the breadcrumbs, and diced onion. Mix with hands until everything is well incorporated.
Keep your meatloaf juicy
No one likes dried-out meat. This is why we prefer to use 80/20 ground beef. The leaner your meat, the drier it will be. Here is a fun article to read on the mistakes to making meatloaf. See the first tip on ground beef.
Now you are ready to shape it into a loaf and place it on the foil.
Cover with additional Barbecue sauce. Bake for 45 minutes or until medium-well to well done in the middle. Allow it to cool for at 10 minutes before slicing into. If you don’t wait until it is cool, your slices will just fall apart.
Not all BBQ sauce is created equal
You have a lot of options when it comes to the glaze for your BBQ Meatloaf, but one thing you’ll want to make sure of is that the BBQ sauce you pick is thick. You don’t want a thin BBQ sauce. It just won’t do.
In fact, if it isn’t thick, your BBQ sauce will run off your meat and will pool on your pan (like Sticky Finger brand BBQ sauce). Keeping it thick will keep it on the meatloaf.
Our family’s preferred brand is Sweet Baby Rays.
When the meatloaf is done, slice and serve. I like to let it sit for a few minutes just to cool down. When removing the meatloaf from the pan, PLEASE do it carefully so the hot glaze does not get on you.
I like to cut my meatloaf in 3/4 – 1 inch thick slices. My kids like to argue over who gets the crunchy and crispy end pieces. You may do just the same. I love to serve this dish with a nice green salad and spoonfuls of mashed potatoes. Meatloaf is one of my favorite comfort foods.
If you are looking to make a wonderful and tasty meatloaf, you will want to whip up this recipe. Let’s bring Meatloaf back to the dinner table!
Easy Weeknight Barbecue Meatloaf Recipe
This classic meatloaf is one of the most popular comfort foods to make for dinner. Always a family favorite and pretty simple to make.
- 1 lb ground beef, 80/20
- 1 tbsp mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp BBQ sauce for meat, plus 1/2 cup for the topping
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs
- 1 small onion, diced
- 3/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- There is a trick to this meatloaf! Ditch the loaf pan! (and the grease). Cover a cooling rack with aluminum foil, and poke holes in the foil for the grease to drip through. This will crisp the bottom of the meatloaf and keep it from being greasy.
- In a large bowl, whisk the egg.
- Then add the mayonnaise, BBQ sauce, and seasonings.
- Add the ground beef, hand fold in the breadcrumbs, and diced onion. Mix with hands until everything is well incorporated.
- Shape into a loaf and place on the foil.
- Cover with Barbecue sauce. Bake for 45 minutes or until medium-well to well done in the middle.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 470Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 149mgSodium: 624mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 35g
If you made this recipe we would love to know how it turned out for you. Please leave us a comment below. Tell us about your favorite BBQ sauce and why?
Other Quick & Easy Weeknight Dinner Recipes
Eating out is easy, and it usually tastes delicious, but it’s expensive. Making this meal at home will save you money. Add this recipe to your weekly meal plan.