We’ve had many different meatloaf dinners over the years and loved every single delicious meatloaf bite. Meatloaf is a humble comfort food that is fabulous when you have a great meatloaf recipe to start with. It’s a classic dish that is loved by so many but doesn’t get enough love when it comes to serving it to friends or at dinner parties. But we’re here to say that meatloaf is awesome and deserves to be served at parties and not just at your average everyday weeknight meal. Though it’s great for weeknight meals too, meatloaf definitely can be an elegant and special occasion dish.
Video of our Favorite and Best Juicy Meatloaf Recipe:
Our favorite meatloaf recipe is this one that has lots of meaty flavor from the Worcestershire sauce, garlic and spices. What makes it super duper juicy is the onions, egg, ketchup and milk. It’s the perfect blend and combination of spices and moisture that results in a fabulous slice of juicy meatloaf. Don’t skimp and and serve a little bitty piece. Be generous and slice a nice thick slice and serve it with your favorite veggies or salad. Every bite will make you crave another bite and before you know it, your thick slice is all finished. Time for seconds if there’s any left!
To find the perfect proportion of salt and seasonings try this technique. After you’ve mixed the beef mixture together well, cook up a small piece and taste it. From there, you can make adjustments before you bake the meatloaf. This is a food proof way to make sure that your meatloaf is perfect to your palate. enjoy!
Favorite Meatloaf Recipe
Yield: Serves 4-6
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
The sauce is great so if you want extra to spoon over the meatloaf when serving, make an extra batch!
For the meatloaf:
- 1 1/2 pounds (682g) ground beef, pork, chicken or turkey
- 1/2 cup (120ml) bread crumbs or panko bread crumbs
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup (120ml) fresh parsley
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons (10ml) Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon (3ml) ground mustard powder
- 1 teaspoon (5ml) kosher salt, or to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon (3ml) fresh cracked black pepper
- 1/4 cup (60ml) ketchup or tomato sauce
- 1/4 cup (60ml) milk
- 1/2 cup (120ml) ketchup
- 2 Tablespoons (30ml) bbq sauce
- 2 Tablespoons (30ml) apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon (15ml) brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon (3ml) smoked paprika powder
- 1/4 teaspoon chipotle powder (optional, will make the sauce spicy)
- Pre-heat oven to 350° F. Grease a 1.5 quart bread loaf pan or baking dish.
- In a large bowl combine all the meatloaf ingredients (beef, bread crumbs, egg, parsley, onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, mustard powder, salt, pepper, ketchup or tomato sauce, and milk). Cook a small piece of the meat at the point to taste for seasonings. If you want to add more salt/pepper, add it now before baking.
- Transfer the mixture to baking dish and gently smooth out the top, but do not press down too much on the meat. You don’t want the meat to be too dense by packing it down hard.
- Make the sauce: combine all the sauce ingredients (ketchup, bbq sauce, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, smoked paprika, and chipotle) and pour over the top and top edges of the meatloaf.
- Bake in oven for about 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes or until the loaf is cooked through and the internal temperature is at least 160°F.