This delicious glazed BBQ Meatloaf Recipe is one that screams traditional American food. The combination of ground beef, onion, eggs, breadcrumbs, and a perfect seasoning blend make this flavorful and easy to make. A sweet and spicy barbecue sauce glaze adds richness and a kick of heat.
Serve this delicious BBQ meatloaf alongside Crockpot Mashed Potatoes and your favorite green vegetable for a complete meal that is kid-friendly and mom-approved.
Glazed BBQ Meatloaf Recipe
Sometimes you just want a classic meal on the table for dinner. There is nothing more classic American food than a good old fashioned meatloaf recipe. This glazed bbq meatloaf is a bit more than the basic option you may have had before. It is a classic loaf, with a delicious sweet and spicy glaze.
While this recipe takes longer to cook, it is a great option to prepare in advance so you just have to pop the meatloaf into the oven when you get home after a long day.
Tip: Try different barbecue sauces each time to find different flavor profiles. A sweeter sauce will make it mild and sweet. Add in a sauce with some pepper or heat to kick things up a notch.
Can I Freeze BBQ Meatloaf for Later?
If you like to meal prep to make weeknights easier to manage, then this is another great option for your menu. I prefer to freeze this recipe by mixing the meat mixture together and pressing into a disposable loaf pan. Then, I wrap that loaf pan in plastic wrap and place into a large freezer storage bag. Slap a label on the outside with the name of the recipe, the date it was prepared, and the cooking instructions and put into the freezer.
You can then remove it from the freezer the night before you want to serve it, and when you get home from work, it can just be popped into the oven to cook as if it was freshly prepared.
Note: You can add the glaze to the top before freezing, but I prefer to wait and mix that up right before cooking.
Can This be Made into a Gluten-Free Meatloaf?
Yes! Simply substitute in a gluten-free breadcrumb and make sure your barbecue sauce is also gluten-free. That is one of my favorite parts of this recipe – it is easy to adapt for dietary needs!
What if I Prefer Mine with Meatloaf Gravy?
Many individuals don’t like the barbecue sauce addition. Others don’t really care for ketchup on their meatloaf. A traditional beef gravy is a common choice, and in this case, you could easily serve your meatloaf with a meatloaf gravy.
All you need to do is omit the glaze when cooking, and prepare your favorite homemade or jar of beef gravy to pour over the top once it has finished cooking.
Can I Make this a Mini Meatloaf Recipe?
Yes! I love portioning meals like this using mini pans. If you pick up mini loaf pans, it is super cute and fun to serve. Another option is to make this in a muffin pan and simple press down into each muffin cup.
Cook times will change when using a smaller pan or muffin tin. Start by cutting the cooking time in half, and check with a meat thermometer before serving. For safety, make sure the internal temperature of any ground beef recipe comes to 160ºF before serving.
What to Serve with BBQ Meatloaf
As mentioned above, you can’t go wrong with mashed potatoes and a vegetable alongside this bbq meatloaf recipe. However, there are other amazing recipes that will pair well with this dish. Below you will find some more of my personal favorite recipes to cook and serve with my meatloaf at dinner.
Great side dishes to serve with meatloaf:
- Green Bean Casserole Recipe
- Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes Recipe
- Roasted Mushrooms with Garlic and Thyme
- Homemade Cauliflower Fritters Recipe
- Easy Potato Cakes with Onion
- Million Dollar Macaroni & Cheese
- Zucchini Bites Recipe
Great desserts to serve with meatloaf:
Extra Tip: Use leftovers the second day to create a meatloaf sandwich. Simply slice the meatloaf into 1/2″ thick pieces and reheat before adding to toasted bread. This is great with a slice of sharp cheddar cheese melted for extra richness.
Ingredients for Meatloaf
- Ground beef
- Italian Herb Blend
- Barbecue Sauce
- Garlic Powder
How to Make Meatloaf
Before you begin, make sure to preheat your oven as directed and line the pan of choice with parchment paper to make the loaf easier to remove once cooked. You will also want to dice or chop your onions before you begin mixing things together.
Combine the ground beef, onion, garlic, eggs, seasonings, cream, and breadcrumbs together and mix until well combined. Press this mixture down into your pan(s) and bake as directed. While this bakes, you can prepare the bbq meatloaf glaze to spread over the top before cooking for the remaining few minutes.
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- 2 pounds (1kg) minced beef
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 2 eggs
- 4 tbsp cream
- 2 tbsp dried Italian herbs
- 2/3 cup breadcrumbs
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 2/3 cup BBQ sauce
- Preheat oven to 190C/375F. Cover 22x12cm/9x5 inches rectangular baking pan with parchment.
- Combine minced beef, onion, garlic, eggs, herbs, cream and breadcrumbs together. Don’t forget about a generous pinch of salt.
- Spread minced beef mixture in the prepared loaf pan and smooth it on the top.
- Bake for 40 minutes. Meanwhile make a simple glaze by whisking all of the listed ingredients together.
- Brush top of the loaf with prepared glaze and return into the oven for 15-20 minutes. Let cool down for 10 minutes before serving.
Serving Size:8 oz
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 401Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 147mgSodium: 688mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 2gSugar: 24gProtein: 18g