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fancy bbq meatloaf recipe

The Best Moist Meatloaf Recipe

Forget everything you know or think about meatloaf!. This flavorful, moist meatloaf recipe is full of layers of flavor and is fancy enough for holiday dinner.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins


  • 1 ¾ pounds ground beef
  • 7.5 oz can tomato sauce
  • 4 pieces soft wheat bread torn in pieces
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tbsp dried minced onion
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • salt
  • pepper

Meatloaf Glaze

  • 7.5 oz tomato sauce
  • cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Meatloaf toppings

  • thick croutons
  • mashed potatoes
  • french fried onions
  • fresh parsley for garnish (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Using your hands, combine ground beef, eggs, ½ can of tomato sauce, bread pieces, dried minced onion, parsley, salt and pepper. Knead until just mixed (do not overmix or you'll end up with tough meatloaf).
    meatloaf ingredients
  • Spray loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray and place meatloaf mixture in pan. I don't smush the meatloaf down because I like how the glaze seeps into the meatloaf when it's placed into the pan a little more "loosely". If you like a firmer meatloaf, you can press the meatloaf down into the pan more.
  • Mix together the remaining tomato sauce, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce and pour on top of the meatloaf.
    meatloaf glaze
  • Bake for 1 hour.
  • Slice and place on top of a bed of croutons.
    moist meatloaf recipe on croutons
  • Top with mashed potatoes, fried onions and parsley for garnish.
    cap city diner inspired meatloaf
Keyword holiday dinner ideas, meatloaf
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