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Dad’s Favorite Barbecue Meat Loaves

It may sound old-fashioned, but it warms my heart to serve dishes that make my family and friends happy. This recipe does just that, and then some. —Leta Winters, Johnson City, Tennessee
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup stuffing mix, crushed
  • 3 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/4 cup barbecue sauce, divided
  • 1 pound ground beef


  • Preheat oven to 425°. In a large bowl, combine egg, stuffing mix, milk, cheese and 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into four 4x2-in. loaves in a foil-lined 15x10x1-in. baking pan.
  • Bake until a thermometer reads 160°, 15-20 minutes. Spread with remaining barbecue sauce before serving.
    Freeze option: Individually wrap cooled meat loaves in plastic and foil, then freeze. To use, partially thaw meat loaves in refrigerator overnight. Unwrap loaves; reheat in a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan in a preheated 350° oven until loaves are heated through and a thermometer inserted in center reads 165°. Top each with 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 mini meat loaf: 305 calories, 16g fat (6g saturated fat), 120mg cholesterol, 449mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 24g protein.

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  • jcanak
    Jan 16, 2021

    Mac If you don’t like a recipe and don’t make it, Don’t review it!

  • fhquilting
    Jun 6, 2020

    The original recipe came from a Stove Top box and is just delicious! The recipe calls for 2 lbs ground beef to which I add 1/2 lb ground pork. I form whatever size meatloaf I need and make meatballs from the rest. I freeze the meatballs on a flat pan and then package them for the freezer. Later, I will take out just what I need, brown them and simmer in a quick sauce of BBQ sauce and ketchup thinned with water. When they are cooked, I take out the meatballs and reduce the sauce. Yummy!!

  • Fiona
    Jun 6, 2020

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  • Mac
    Jun 6, 2020

    Why add a stuffing mix that is loaded with sodium and then put 2% milk in the recipe to make the recipe look healthy? I'd rather have the minute amount of fat from a few tablespoons of milk than the close to a 1000 mg of sodium in the stuffing. It's not even as if the recipe called for lean ground beef. It just seems that these recipes are trendy and just use certain ingredients to appease those trying to eat healthy but not much thought is actually put into the recipe. Want to eat a healthier meatloaf, skip the filler and milk, add more ground beef to the recipe. Forget the stuffing. Just add some salt, pepper and, some fresh veggies like chopped carrots, celery and onion. Seeing how it's a BBQed meatloaf, maybe add some bell pepper. Actually BBQ the loaves over indirect heat low and slow and then build that glaze.

  • emmyevans
    Jan 13, 2020

    Our family loves this twist on meatloaf. We eat them all the time! So easy to freeze, too, and have a ready meal in only minutes.

  • No_Time_To_Cook
    Apr 20, 2017

    These were good... and really easy to make. I might make them again, because of how quick and easy they were. I made them exactly per the recipe, but would probably add additional spices next time.

  • ljmh53
    Mar 19, 2017

    These were great - fast, easy, tasty! I added chopped onion but otherwise followed the recipe as written.

  • Corwin44
    Mar 9, 2017

    Good stuff. I used stove top herb stuffing. No need to add extra spices but you can if you want. I usually add some chopped onion, a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, and tablespoon of Asian chili paste for spice. This is an easy and versatile dinner.

  • DianeC23
    Oct 30, 2016

    Tasty meatloaf and easy to make! I wondered about them, since there are no spices or seasoning added, but they were good. With only a 5-minute prep, it's perfect for any weeknight! We'll be making this again.

  • clellish
    Mar 3, 2016

    Best meatloaf recipe ever! Made exactly as stated and it was scrumptious!!! This will be our go-to meatloaf recipe from now on!