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Grandma's Meatloaf

Updated: Feb 25

Meatloaf was one of my favorite things my mom made growing up, and has become my typical go-to when I want something easy, hassle free and delicious that everyone in my house will enjoy. "Grandma inspired," this recipe is simple with common household ingredients, with much inactive cook-time! Yes, please!

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Meatloaf with barbecue sauce and ketchup on top
Grandma's Meatloaf

Grandma's Meatloaf

Prep Time: 10 mins

Inactive Cook Time: 45 - 50 mins

Total Time: About 1 hour

Yield: 4-6 servings

What You'll Need:

  • 1 rimmed sheet pan

  • tin foil

  • 1 lb 90/10 ground beef, (recommended, higher fat content shrinks a lot)

  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt

  • 1/4 tsp pepper

  • 2 cloves minced garlic

  • 1/4 c chopped bell pepper

  • 1/4 c chopped sweet onion

  • 1/4 heaping c petite diced tomatoes, with juices

  • 1/4 heaping c ketchup

  • 3 Tbsp breadcrumbs

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten


  • 1/4 heaping cup brown sugar flavored bbq sauce (I like Sweet Baby Ray's Hickory & Brown Sugar)

  • 1/4 heaping cup ketchup

How to Prepare:

  1. Prepare your rimmed baking sheet lined with foil and preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Break up your ground beef in a mixing bowl using a fork, then add in all prepared ingredients: salt, pepper, garlic, onion, bell pepper, tomatoes, egg and ketchup. Mix with a fork to ensure all ingredients are equally incorporated. Dump onto baking sheet and form into a loaf using either your hands, fork or spatula.

  3. Dump your topping ingredients [bbq sauce and ketchup] onto the meatloaf and spread around to combine and coat the top generously.

  4. Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes, then let cool for at least ten minutes before slicing (this will ensure juices don't escape and meatloaf doesn't become dry).

  5. Serve hot with mashed potatoes and your favorite roasted veggie. Enjoy!

Meatloaf with barbecue sauce and ketchup on top
Grandma's Meatloaf

I will never understand how anyone can dislike meatloaf! It is one of the best, total American classic dinners in my opinion, and one of the first things I learned how to make when I was new to cooking. For that reason, this dish will always hold a special place in my heart, and tummy of course!

Don't forget to post a photo and tag @boujeekitchen

My grace is all you need, for my power is greatest when you are weak. 2 Corinthians 12:9


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