Recently, we had guests staying over that have 4 children. We were sitting, eating breakfast before their family headed out to Sea World for the day and I asked their oldest what he would like for dinner. He quickly responded saying mashed potatoes. I said sure we can have mashed potatoes and how about meatloaf to go with it? He liked the idea. Most kids like meatloaf and mashed potatoes. It was a favorite of my kids and AC.
Growing up, my Mom always finished off meatloaf with ketchup. I never liked it with ketchup on top. So, I use BBQ sauce on the meatloaf. I spread it over the top before I cook it in the oven. This will give it a glaze and will cook the BBQ sauce into the meatloaf. Along with the cumin, you will get a nice smokey flavor.
Smokey BBQ Meatloaf
2 lb. ground beef
1 large onion, diced
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
2 Tbsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 ½ cup Italian Bread Crumbs
1 15oz. can diced tomatoes
Your favorite bottled BBQ sauce
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, break up the ground beef. Add the onion, salt, pepper, garlic, cumin, Worcestershire sauce, eggs, bread crumbs and diced tomatoes. Once you have everything in the bowl mix by hand. This will help you to mix the meatloaf well, but you do not want to over mix. It will make the meatloaf tough. Using a sheet pan, pour the meatloaf out and form it into a loaf shape.
Pour as much or as little you like of the BBQ sauce on top of the meatloaf. You can use a pastry or BBQ brush to spread the sauce all over the meatloaf.
The BBQ sauce will cook into the meatloaf. Cook in the oven at 400 degrees for 1 hour.
It tasted great with the mashed potatoes. There were no leftovers!