Honey BBQ Meat Loaf

1hr 42min prep 11min cook 1hr 31min  |  Created by: Emily Wilson

Meat loaf is an old-school comfort food that everyone loves, as long as it's made well. The honey-bbq sauce in this recipe adds moisture and flavor for a meat loaf to remember.

Ingredients

  • Fresh Parsley (2 Tablespoons)

  • Garlic (2 Cloves)

  • Onions (1 Cup)

  • Ground Beef (1 Pound)

  • Parmesan Cheese, Grated (1/2 Cup)

  • Eggs, Large (2)

  • Black Pepper

  • Breadcrumbs, Plain (1/2 Cup)

  • Dried Thyme Leaves (1/2 Teaspoon)

  • Kosher Salt

  • BBQ Sauce (3 Tablespoons)

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (1 Tablespoon)

  • Honey (1 Tablespoon)

  • Worcestershire Sauce (1 Teaspoon)

Equipment

  • Aluminum Foil

  • Toothpicks

  • Oven

  • Stove Top

  • Chef's Knife

  • Cutting Board

  • Measuring Cups

  • Measuring Spoons

  • Meat Thermometer

  • Mixing Bowl, Large

  • Mixing Bowl, Small

  • Pastry Brush

  • Saute Pan, Medium

  • Sheet Pan

  • Whisk

Notes

  1. For a healthier alternative, substitute ground turkey for the ground beef. Cook slightly longer, until temperature reaches 165 degrees.
     

Prep Steps

  • 1

    Cut an onion into 1/4 inch dice to measure the indicated amount.
    Onions

  • 2

    Smash the garlic under the side of your chef's knife to remove the peel. Mince the garlic, then add to the onion.
    Garlic

  • 3

    Trim parsley leaves from the stems and finely chop to measure the indicated amount.
    Fresh Parsley

  • 4

    Combine honey and BBQ sauce in a small mixing bowl.
    HoneyBBQ Sauce

Cook Steps

  • 5

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

  • 6

    Heat a medium saute pan over medium heat. Add olive oil and warm.
    OnionsGarlicExtra Virgin Olive OilKosher SaltBlack PepperDried Thyme Leaves

  • 7

    Once oil is warm, add onions, garlic and dried thyme. Crush the thyme between your fingertips as you add it to the pan. Season with salt and pepper, then saute until onions are softened and translucent. Do not brown.
    OnionsGarlicExtra Virgin Olive OilKosher SaltBlack PepperDried Thyme Leaves

  • 8

    Once cooked, transfer the onion mixture to a clean platter and allow to cool slightly.
    OnionsGarlicExtra Virgin Olive OilKosher SaltBlack PepperDried Thyme Leaves

  • 9

    Lightly grease a sheet pan with olive oil.
    Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • 10

    Crack the eggs into a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine.
    Ground BeefOnionsGarlicFresh ParsleyKosher SaltBlack PepperBreadcrumbs, PlainEggs, LargeParmesan Cheese, GratedWorcestershire SauceHoneyBBQ SauceDried Thyme Leaves

  • 11

    Add the ground beef to the egg along with breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, chopped parsley, Worcestershire sauce and cooled onion mixture. Season with salt and pepper.
    Ground BeefOnionsGarlicFresh ParsleyKosher SaltBlack PepperBreadcrumbs, PlainEggs, LargeParmesan Cheese, GratedWorcestershire SauceHoneyBBQ SauceDried Thyme Leaves

  • 12

    Use clean hands to mix the beef thoroughly. Transfer the meat mixture to the prepared sheet pan and form the meat into a rectangle shape, about 5 inches long by 3 inches high and 3 inches wide.
    Ground BeefOnionsGarlicFresh ParsleyKosher SaltBlack PepperBreadcrumbs, PlainEggs, LargeParmesan Cheese, GratedWorcestershire SauceHoneyBBQ SauceDried Thyme Leaves

  • 13

    Use a pastry brush or spoon to evenly spread the honey BBQ mixture over the top of the meat loaf.
    Ground BeefOnionsGarlicFresh ParsleyKosher SaltBlack PepperBreadcrumbs, PlainEggs, LargeParmesan Cheese, GratedWorcestershire SauceHoneyBBQ SauceDried Thyme Leaves

  • 14

    Transfer the meat loaf to the preheated oven. Bake for [45-55 minutes] until an instant-read thermometer reads at least 160 degrees.

  • 15

    Once you remove the meat loaf from the oven, stick a toothpick in the top and cover loosely with foil. Let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

  • 16

    Transfer meat loaf to a cutting board and cut 1/2 inch thick slices.

  • 17

    Transfer 2 slices of honey BBQ meat loaf to each dinner plate. Serve warm.

Produce

  • Fresh Parsley (2 Tablespoons)

  • Garlic (2 Cloves)

  • Onions (1 Cup)

Meat & Seafood

  • Ground Beef (1 Pound)

Cheese & Lunchmeat

  • Parmesan Cheese, Grated (1/2 Cup)

Dairy & Eggs

  • Eggs, Large (2)

Spice & Baking

  • Black Pepper

  • Breadcrumbs, Plain (1/2 Cup)

  • Dried Thyme Leaves (1/2 Teaspoon)

  • Kosher Salt

Condiments, Oils & Dressings

  • BBQ Sauce (3 Tablespoons)

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (1 Tablespoon)

  • Honey (1 Tablespoon)

  • Worcestershire Sauce (1 Teaspoon)

Kitchen Supplies

  • Aluminum Foil

  • Toothpicks

Appliances

  • Oven

  • Stove Top

Cooking Equipment

  • Chef's Knife

  • Cutting Board

  • Measuring Cups

  • Measuring Spoons

  • Meat Thermometer

  • Mixing Bowl, Large

  • Mixing Bowl, Small

  • Pastry Brush

  • Saute Pan, Medium

  • Sheet Pan

  • Whisk

Prep Steps

  • 1

    Cut an onion into 1/4 inch dice to measure the indicated amount.
    Onions

  • 2

    Smash the garlic under the side of your chef's knife to remove the peel. Mince the garlic, then add to the onion.
    Garlic

  • 3

    Trim parsley leaves from the stems and finely chop to measure the indicated amount.
    Fresh Parsley

  • 4

    Combine honey and BBQ sauce in a small mixing bowl.
    HoneyBBQ Sauce

Cook Steps

  • 5

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

  • 6

    Heat a medium saute pan over medium heat. Add olive oil and warm.
    OnionsGarlicExtra Virgin Olive OilKosher SaltBlack PepperDried Thyme Leaves

  • 7

    Once oil is warm, add onions, garlic and dried thyme. Crush the thyme between your fingertips as you add it to the pan. Season with salt and pepper, then saute until onions are softened and translucent. Do not brown.
    OnionsGarlicExtra Virgin Olive OilKosher SaltBlack PepperDried Thyme Leaves

  • 8

    Once cooked, transfer the onion mixture to a clean platter and allow to cool slightly.
    OnionsGarlicExtra Virgin Olive OilKosher SaltBlack PepperDried Thyme Leaves

  • 9

    Lightly grease a sheet pan with olive oil.
    Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • 10

    Crack the eggs into a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine.
    Ground BeefOnionsGarlicFresh ParsleyKosher SaltBlack PepperBreadcrumbs, PlainEggs, LargeParmesan Cheese, GratedWorcestershire SauceHoneyBBQ SauceDried Thyme Leaves

  • 11

    Add the ground beef to the egg along with breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, chopped parsley, Worcestershire sauce and cooled onion mixture. Season with salt and pepper.
    Ground BeefOnionsGarlicFresh ParsleyKosher SaltBlack PepperBreadcrumbs, PlainEggs, LargeParmesan Cheese, GratedWorcestershire SauceHoneyBBQ SauceDried Thyme Leaves

  • 12

    Use clean hands to mix the beef thoroughly. Transfer the meat mixture to the prepared sheet pan and form the meat into a rectangle shape, about 5 inches long by 3 inches high and 3 inches wide.
    Ground BeefOnionsGarlicFresh ParsleyKosher SaltBlack PepperBreadcrumbs, PlainEggs, LargeParmesan Cheese, GratedWorcestershire SauceHoneyBBQ SauceDried Thyme Leaves

  • 13

    Use a pastry brush or spoon to evenly spread the honey BBQ mixture over the top of the meat loaf.
    Ground BeefOnionsGarlicFresh ParsleyKosher SaltBlack PepperBreadcrumbs, PlainEggs, LargeParmesan Cheese, GratedWorcestershire SauceHoneyBBQ SauceDried Thyme Leaves

  • 14

    Transfer the meat loaf to the preheated oven. Bake for [45-55 minutes] until an instant-read thermometer reads at least 160 degrees.

  • 15

    Once you remove the meat loaf from the oven, stick a toothpick in the top and cover loosely with foil. Let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

  • 16

    Transfer meat loaf to a cutting board and cut 1/2 inch thick slices.

  • 17

    Transfer 2 slices of honey BBQ meat loaf to each dinner plate. Serve warm.

Honey BBQ Meat Loaf

1hr 42min prep: 11min cook: 1hr 31min

Meat loaf is an old-school comfort food that everyone loves, as long as it's made well. The honey-bbq sauce in this recipe adds moisture and flavor for a meat loaf to remember.

Notes:
  1. For a healthier alternative, substitute ground turkey for the ground beef. Cook slightly longer, until temperature reaches 165 degrees.
     

Ingredients

Produce

  • Fresh Parsley (2 Tablespoons)
  • Garlic (2 Cloves)
  • Onions (1 Cup)

Meat & Seafood

  • Ground Beef (1 Pound)

Cheese & Lunchmeat

  • Parmesan Cheese, Grated (1/2 Cup)

Dairy & Eggs

  • Eggs, Large (2)

Spice & Baking

  • Black Pepper
  • Breadcrumbs, Plain (1/2 Cup)
  • Dried Thyme Leaves (1/2 Teaspoon)
  • Kosher Salt

Condiments, Oils & Dressings

  • BBQ Sauce (3 Tablespoons)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (1 Tablespoon)
  • Honey (1 Tablespoon)
  • Worcestershire Sauce (1 Teaspoon)

Equipment

Kitchen Supplies

  • Aluminum Foil
  • Toothpicks

Appliances

  • Oven
  • Stove Top

Cooking Equipment

  • Chef's Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Meat Thermometer
  • Mixing Bowl, Large
  • Mixing Bowl, Small
  • Pastry Brush
  • Saute Pan, Medium
  • Sheet Pan
  • Whisk

Prep Steps

  1. Cut an onion into 1/4 inch dice to measure the indicated amount.

  2. Smash the garlic under the side of your chef's knife to remove the peel. Mince the garlic, then add to the onion.

  3. Trim parsley leaves from the stems and finely chop to measure the indicated amount.

  4. Combine honey and BBQ sauce in a small mixing bowl.


Cook Steps

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Heat a medium saute pan over medium heat. Add olive oil and warm.

  3. Once oil is warm, add onions, garlic and dried thyme. Crush the thyme between your fingertips as you add it to the pan. Season with salt and pepper, then saute until onions are softened and translucent. Do not brown.

  4. Once cooked, transfer the onion mixture to a clean platter and allow to cool slightly.

  5. Lightly grease a sheet pan with olive oil.

  6. Crack the eggs into a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine.

  7. Add the ground beef to the egg along with breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, chopped parsley, Worcestershire sauce and cooled onion mixture. Season with salt and pepper.

  8. Use clean hands to mix the beef thoroughly. Transfer the meat mixture to the prepared sheet pan and form the meat into a rectangle shape, about 5 inches long by 3 inches high and 3 inches wide.

  9. Use a pastry brush or spoon to evenly spread the honey BBQ mixture over the top of the meat loaf.

  10. Transfer the meat loaf to the preheated oven. Bake for [45-55 minutes] until an instant-read thermometer reads at least 160 degrees.

  11. Once you remove the meat loaf from the oven, stick a toothpick in the top and cover loosely with foil. Let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

  12. Transfer meat loaf to a cutting board and cut 1/2 inch thick slices.

  13. Transfer 2 slices of honey BBQ meat loaf to each dinner plate. Serve warm.

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