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Meatloaf with BBQ Sauce

Meatloaf with BBQ Sauce

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F with the rack in the middle position.
  2. Prepare the vegetables: Melt butter in a medium-sized skillet on medium heat, then add the garlic, scallions, onion, carrot and celery. Toss the vegetables and oregano in the melted butter and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Remove veggies from heat and let cool.
  3. Assemble meatloaf: Place meats into a large bowl. Add cooled vegetables, breadcrumbs, Worcestershire, salt, pepper, parsley, eggs and BBQ sauce. Mix together by hand. 
  4. Shape the meat mixture into a loaf and place in a shallow baking dish or pan.
  5. Brush and bake: Stir the tomato paste and BBQ sauce together in a small bowl, then brush it across the top and sides of the meatloaf. Transfer to oven and bake for 60-70 minutes. Cook time can vary by oven, so make sure an instant-read thermometer inserted into the centre of the loaf reads 62°C or 155°F.
  6. Once done, remove meatloaf from oven and cool for 10 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle with chopped parsley, slice and serve with additional BBQ sauce on the side.
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Ground pork and beef combined with a sauté of assorted veggies, flavoured with our tangy BBQ sauce…

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  • 8 SERVINGS
Meatloaf with BBQ Sauce

A new take on an old favourite, try our homemade MEATLOAF WITH BBQ SAUCE recipe!

Ring that dinner bell and call in the troops of hungry folks in your midst; this easy update on the classic meatloaf recipe will soon be a perennial favourite. When you find something as delicious and dependable as our MEATLOAF RECIPE WITH BBQ SAUCE we know you’ll be making it again and again. Best to PIN it to a favourite board, BOOKMARK the page for future reference and SHARE it with friends and followers on your socials. Just tag #weekendatthecottage so everyone knows you’ve got taste!

Here’s why this meatloaf recipe works:

  • We boost the flavour with our famous BBQ sauce, adding a tanginess with a hint of sweetness and just the right amount of heat.
  • The meatloaf requires little prep time and is easy to bake in the oven.
  • The flavour is superior to other made-from-scatch meatloaf recipes.

About that BBQ SAUCE; if you haven’t yet enjoyed it, simply click the STORE icon at the top of this page to order online or find the closest retailer carrying it. Thanks in advance for including our sauce in your meal preparation!

A number of things contribute to the success of this essential homemade meatloaf recipe. Here are the highlights:

Ingredients for Meatloaf with BBQ Sauce.
Ingredients for a classic meatloaf recipe, but with a twist!

INGREDIENTS

Don’t let the list of readily available ingredients fool you; each one contributes an essential element to that fabulously delicious final flavour. As always, we suggest using locally sourced, organic ingredients. You will taste the difference.

All of the veggies and oregano ready to be sautéed in a large skillet.
Cooking the veggies help create a soft, tender meatloaf.

VEGETABLE SAUTÉ

The first step is to chop and cook a classic group of “starter” vegetables. Prepping onion, garlic, scallions, carrot and celery this way is nothing new, but in a meatloaf recipe, it guarantees tenderness and juiciness. The softened texture of these flavourful veggies also helps keep the baked meatloaf together when you slice it. Nice!

The meats, breadcrumbs and barbecue sauce.
Our not-so-secret, secret ingredient.

WATC BBQ SAUCE

Another must-mention in this section is the way we amp up the flavour profile with seasoning, Worcestershire, parsley, and our secret ingredient, WATC BBQ Sauce. It’s tangy with a hint of sweetness and just the right amount of heat. You heard it here first: BBQ SAUCE in meatloaf is the recipe game changer!

All of the ingredients placed in a large bowl ready to be mixed together.
Make sure to mix everything together really well before shaping the loaf.

IN THE BOWL

We love this recipe because it’s easy, and also because it can be tweaked to your liking. There are two opportunities to adapt this meatloaf recipe to your diet. First, feel free to swap the pork out and make it with just ground beef; it will still work perfectly. You can also substitute regular breadcrumbs with a gluten-free variety.

Repeat visitors to WATC know I’m a “handy” at-home cook. Yup, this isn’t the first time I suggest you dump all of the ingredients into a bowl, then wash your hands really, really well before sticking them in to mix things up. Mixing by hand ensures everything is well combined but it also creates an even-textured loaf. Like the cooked veggies, this is another reason why our meatloaf keeps it together.

Barbecue sauce and tomato paste for the glaze.
WATC BBQ Sauce + tomato sauce = a great flavour combination.

BBQ GLAZE

We learned a few things testing this recipe, but the one thing we all felt strongly about was not to make meatloaf in a loaf pan with a baking sheet liner to catch any greasy overflow (yuck!). Forming the meat mixture into a loaf shape, and then placing it in a shallow baking dish is way better. The fat melts away, the loaf keeps its shape, and the finished meatloaf is delectable.

We suggest baking the meatloaf in an oven-safe dish instead of a loaf pan.

One last little tip on the loaf: you just gotta brush it with our delicious mix of tomato paste and barbecue sauce. This takes the place of the old-school glaze made using brown sugar, ketchup and paprika. It gives this nostalgic dish that last little bit of something, plus it ensures you get a glorious smile on your face when you take your first bite.

Meatloaf with BBQ Sauce
We’ve listed our favourite sides down below. Let’s eat!

SERVICE STEPS

The service of our MEATLOAF WITH BBQ SAUCE RECIPE is made possible thanks to side dishes like these! Try it with our BUTTERED SPRING VEGGIES and our PARMESAN MASHED POTATOES. We also like a SIMPLE SALAD on the side, dressed with this CREAMY BUTTERMILK DRESSING. Don’t forget to enjoy any leftover meatloaf the next day on a sandwich too. Yum!

Whether it’s a favourite at home or in cottage country, this really is the best meatloaf recipe, ever!

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Ingredients

  • For the meatloaf:
  • ½ a white onion, finely chopped
  • 3 green onions or scallions, finely chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 pounds ground chuck
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • ¾ cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons black pepper
  • cup WATC BBQ SAUCE
  • To brush on the meatloaf:
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • cup WATC BBQ SAUCE
  • To garnish:
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F with the rack in the middle position.
  2. Prepare the vegetables: Melt butter in a medium-sized skillet on medium heat, then add the garlic, scallions, onion, carrot and celery. Toss the vegetables and oregano in the melted butter and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Remove veggies from heat and let cool.
  3. Assemble meatloaf: Place meats into a large bowl. Add cooled vegetables, breadcrumbs, Worcestershire, salt, pepper, parsley, eggs and BBQ sauce. Mix together by hand. 
  4. Shape the meat mixture into a loaf and place in a shallow baking dish or pan.
  5. Brush and bake: Stir the tomato paste and BBQ sauce together in a small bowl, then brush it across the top and sides of the meatloaf. Transfer to oven and bake for 60-70 minutes. Cook time can vary by oven, so make sure an instant-read thermometer inserted into the centre of the loaf reads 62°C or 155°F.
  6. Once done, remove meatloaf from oven and cool for 10 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle with chopped parsley, slice and serve with additional BBQ sauce on the side.

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