Can I confess something?
I have a deep love for meatloaf.
I know, I know… no one likes to talk about meatloaf. First of all, the word meatloaf is horrible. Beyond horrible even. It just sounds unappetizing. Second, the idea of a big log of ground meat? Also unappetizing.
But I love it. Looooove it. I would make it weekly if I thought my husband wouldn’t complain. I have a favorite recipe (the one my mom made when I was growing up, of course) but I’ve been trying to shake things up lately. I made this recipe awhile ago (delicious!) and this time around, I made a Honey BBQ version.
This is a pretty normal meatloaf but it has BBQ sauce mixed right into the meat and then it’s topped with BBQ sauce and honey. I can’t even talk about how good that smelled in the oven. Ridiculous.
The only problem here? It was too small! Definitely double the recipe if you’re feeding more than a couple people. You’ll want leftovers, I promise.
1 pound 90% lean ground beef
½ cup panko bread crumbs
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce, divided
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
¾ cup smoky barbecue sauce, divided
2 tablespoons honey, divided
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- In a large bowl, use your hands to mix together the ground beef, panko bread crumbs, 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce, the dijon mustard, ½ cup of the barbecue sauce, 1 tablespoon honey, salt, and black pepper.
- Shape the mixture into a long, thick log and place in an oiled baking dish. Be careful not to pack the meat too tightly or you’ll end up with a very dense, tough loaf.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining ¼ cup barbecue sauce, 1 tablespoon honey, and 2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce. Spread half of this mixture evenly all over the meatloaf. Reserve the other half for serving.
- Bake for 45 minutes to an hour. Slice and drizzle with reserved honey barbecue sauce.