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
- 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
- 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce divided
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 3/4 cup smoky barbecue sauce divided
- 2 tablespoons honey divided
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
In a large bowl, use your hands to mix together the ground beef, panko bread crumbs, 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce, the dijon mustard, 1/2 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 youâ€™ll end up with a very dense, tough loaf.
In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining 1/4 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.