This super easy and delicious meatloaf recipe is the very first recipe I ever collected! It has 6 ingredients–5 if you leave out the cheese in the middle (I make it either way). I’ve always liked it because it has BBQ sauce on the top instead of ketchup or tomato sauce.
Rodger was a guy I worked with on monorails at Walt Disney World. I remember talking to Rodger one time about my lack of cooking skills. He loved to cook and offered to give me recipes. (We were probably 18-20 years old at the time). He gave me this recipe and I wrote it straight into the beef recipe section of my Fanny Farmer cookbook. This began my venture as a “recipe queen.” I have made this meatloaf recipe hundreds of times over the years. I have made it for our family and I have made it for company. The BBQ sauce gives it such a wonderful savory flavor. I think you will love this recipe to.
Here’s what the finished product looked like.
Here’s what I did.
Mix beef, onion, eggs, and bread crumbs in bowl. (I made a 1/2 recipe).
Mix the ingredients thoroughly.
Place about half of the meat in a baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
Place cheese on top of the meat.
Place remaining meat on top of cheese-covered meat. Seal edges well and tightly, otherwise, cheese will leak out during the cooking process.
Bake meatloaf about 1 hour. Drain any grease.
Add the barbecue sauce and bake an additional 5 minutes until sauce heats through.
Here’s the recipe.
RODGER’S BBQ MEATLOAF
(Recipe from Rodger Justice, Monorails, Walt Disney World)
3 lbs. ground beef (93% lean is the best)
1 cup Italian bread crumbs
1 small onion, chopped
1 cup BBQ sauce (we use KC Masterpiece Original)
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
Mix beef, crumbs, eggs and onion. Spray baking dish. Place half of the meat mixture on bottom of dish and shape into oval. Sprinkle cheese on top of meat and press down (try to leave a 1-inch border). Place remaining meat on top and seal edges well so cheese doesn’t leak out while cooking. Bake 1 hour at 325° or 350°. Drain any grease. Spread barbecue sauce over top of meat and bake 5 minutes longer to heat sauce. Serves 10.
NOTE: I half this recipe a lot using 2 eggs.
If you look closely you can see the layer of cheese in the middle. Yummy.