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Upside-Down Barbeque Meatloaf

Rated as 4.44 out of 5 Stars
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"When I've made 'barbeque meatloaf' before I've simply used the standard spoon-the-glaze-on-top-of-the-loaf-and-bake-it method. This time I wanted to line the loaf pan with some of the sauce, press the meat in, and let it roast in the goodness. I was envisioning a beautiful, glossy finish when I turned it on to the serving platter. It wasn't quite as aesthetically pleasing as I hoped (ugly). But, hey--this is quick and dirty home cooking. It may not have looked good, but it tasted fine!"
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Ingredients

1 h 35 m servings 509
Original recipe yields 4 servings (1 meatloaf)

Directions

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  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Mix ground beef, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, celery salt, chipotle chile powder, and cayenne pepper together in a bowl with your hands.
  3. Stir breadcrumbs, egg, ketchup, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce into meat mixture until thoroughly combined; form into a loaf shape.
  4. Spread barbeque sauce out into the bottom of a loaf pan; place meatloaf on top of barbeque sauce and press into pan.
  5. Bake meatloaf in the preheated oven until no longer pink in the center, about 1 hour, 15 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C). Drain the fat from the loaf pan and invert pan over a plate to transfer meatloaf. Let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 509 calories; 30.4 19.8 36.7 170 1654 Full nutrition

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Upside-down BBQ Meatloaf Haiku: "Just put sauce on top. Didn't make diff on bottom, 'cept it swam in grease." The meatloaf itself tasted divine, but we didn't like the upside-down method w/ the ...

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The Chipotle Meatloaf was way better than this one.It was swimming in grease .

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Upside-down BBQ Meatloaf Haiku: "Just put sauce on top. Didn't make diff on bottom, 'cept it swam in grease." The meatloaf itself tasted divine, but we didn't like the upside-down method w/ the ...

The Chipotle Meatloaf was way better than this one.It was swimming in grease .

This is simply the best meatloaf I have ever had. We followed the recipe and added BBQ sauce to the top, per other reviewers' advice. Delicious! Thanks, Chef John, for another great post!

Really good, flavorful meatloaf. I did not put the bbq sauce on the bottom of the meat and I used a 9 x 13 pan, instead of a loaf pan. I will definitely make this again!

Made it as written except put the barbeque sauce on the top rather than on the bottom. The whole family loved it and I will definitely make it again!

I didn't add the peppers as noted in the recipe and it's still delicious.. the meatloaf was moist and tangy... The whole fam loved it.. Thank you for a great recipe!

My husband loved this meat loaf. Better than any restaurant. Did change the recipe slightly and used about a third ground turkey. This will be my go-to meat loaf recipe from now on.

Good enough for an inexpensive and filling meal. It was easy to make and flavorful, if not great. Definitely put the sauce on top, putting it on the bottom is weird and even the author admits it...

I don't make meat loaf that often because it's not my husband's favorite. But, tonight he said, "this is the best meatloaf you've ever made!" I used just over 2 lbs of 90% lean ground beef becau...