Take it from me- someone who used to despise meatloaf. This is Really GOOD Meatloaf, especially with the BBQ flavored sauce on top! It’s a cinch to make!Take it from me... someone who used to despise meatloaf. This is Really GOOD Meatloaf, especially with the BBQ flavored sauce on top! It's a cinch to make!

I Have A Sordid History With Meatloaf

I hated meatloaf as a kid. Really, really hated it. My mom coated it with ketchup. Then I married a guy (almost 38 years ago) who happened to LIKE meatloaf (the horror of it all!) . Several years after we married I found this recipe in a church cookbook, and because I loved him, I cooked it for him. Guess what? It is REALLY GOOD MEATLOAF!!!! I actually found a meatloaf (and amazing BBQ sauce) that I LOVE!

And that, my friends, is why I have given it such a dubious recipe name. End of story. Seriously, this meatloaf IS really good, and completely EASY and inexpensive to make, which is always a plus in my book! Here’s what you do:

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How To Make Really Good Meatloaf

In a large bowl, combine the ingredients for the meatloaf. It is always interesting to me that one of the seasonings used for this meatloaf is POULTRY SEASONING. What? On BEEF? Yep, you got that right. Poultry seasoning contains sage, rosemary, basil, celery seed, oregano, marjoram and thyme, so you can see how those spices add to the flavor of this yummy meatloaf.

Mix all the ingredients for the meatloaf together. That wasn’t too hard, was it? Trust me, the whole meatloaf only takes about 10 minutes prep time!

Ingredients for meatloaf will be mixed together in mixing bowl.

Place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet, and form the meat mixture into a loaf shape on top of the parchment.

Meat is shaped into a loaf shape, on parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Make The Sauce

Place the meatloaf into a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. While it bakes, prepare the sauce that will eventually go on top of the meatloaf. Mix the sauce, and it’s ready (told you this was EASY).

The ingredients for the BBQ sauce for the meatloaf are put into a bowl for mixing.

BBQ sauce for really good meatloaf is mixed together in small metal bowl.

After the meatloaf has cooked for 30 minutes, remove it from the oven and quickly spoon the sauce all over the top and sides of the meatloaf. Once the meatloaf is covered with the sauce, place it back in the oven and continue cooking for another 30 minutes.

BBQ sauce is spooned over half-baked meatloaf.

Half-baked meatloaf is covered with sauce, then put back into oven to finish cooking.

The Really Good Meatloaf Is Baked And Ready To Serve

Once the meatloaf is done cooking (after the additional 30 minutes of cooking time), remove it from the oven. Let it sit for just a couple of minutes before slicing.

Really good meatloaf is done baking, and is ready to slice.

Cut the meat into slices (either 4 or 6, depending on the thickness of the serving size you want). Here’s a peek at the inside of the finished dish. Ooh, that sauce is so good.

A slice of meatloaf has been cut, and is ready to serve.

My husband and I usually eat this dish with a side of mashed potatoes and a fresh steamed or baked veggie. That’s it! Slice yourself a piece, and enjoy the delicious sauce and wonderful tasting beef dish! EASY, EASY, EASY… and it tastes quite good, too. Sure hope you’ll give this recipe a try!

If you enjoy meatloaf, be sure to try my recipes for TexMex Turkey Meatloaf and Cheesy Italian Meatloaf. Both are delicious meals you will enjoy, as well.

Meatloaf slice on a plate, with mashed potatoes and broccoli on the side.

I’ve been making this dish for over 20 years now, and we really enjoy it! That HAS to be some sort of a Christmas miracle (wink, wink)!  Have a great week, and God bless you!

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Author's signatureRecipe Source: Mrs. Gordon Rasmussen, Monte Vista Chapel Ladies Cookbook

5 from 1 vote
Really Good Meatloaf
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
Take it from me... someone who used to despise meatloaf. This is Really GOOD Meatloaf, especially with the BBQ flavored sauce on top! It's a cinch to make!
Category: Beef, Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: meatloaf
Servings: 6 servings
Calories Per Serving: 411 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
For The Meatloaf:
  • 2/3 cup dry bread crumbs or crushed crackers (I prefer bread crumbs)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup chopped brown onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning (YES... poultry seasoning!)
For The Sauce:
  • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  1. Mix all meatloaf ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet (with edges). Place the meat mixture onto the middle of the parchment paper and shape into a loaf.

  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. While it is baking, mix up the sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
  4. After 30 minutes, remove meatloaf from oven; spread the sauce completely over the top and sides of the loaf. Put the meatloaf back into the oven and continue baking for an additional 30 minutes. (Meatloaf will cook for a total of 60 minutes).
  5. When done, remove from oven, slice and serve (4-6 servings, depending on portion size). Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Caloric calculation is based on a total of 6 servings.

Nutrition Facts
Really Good Meatloaf
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 411 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 137mg46%
Sodium 682mg30%
Potassium 458mg13%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 215IU4%
Vitamin C 0.9mg1%
Calcium 108mg11%
Iron 3.2mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Really Good Meatloaf

1 Comment on Really Good Meatloaf

  1. 5 stars
    got this recipe 45 years ago when we were living in new york city. still the the 3×3 piece of paper it was written on.

    best meatloaf ever

5 from 1 vote

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