I've always loved meatloaf- but never could find the right recipe. I especially hate all the fat left in the pan after a regular loaf is baked. This recipe is easy, absolutely delicious, and since you have 12 small "muffins" instead of 1 large loaf, there is not a lot of fat left in the bottom of the tin. If you don't want to stray from traditional meatloaf- go ahead and use ketchup instead- but I recommend trying the BBQ at least once- my family loves it! Also great for potlucks since everyone can have their own individual muffin!
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place all ingredients in gallon zip-loc bag (except 1/4 cup of cheese & BBQ sauce). Squeeze until just mixed. (This keeps the mess out of preparing meatloaf!) Spoon mixture into a 12 cup muffin tin and press down firmly with back of spoon. Top with remaining BBQ sauce and place in oven for 25-35 minutes. Sprinkle remaining cheese on each muffin and bake additional 5 minutes. Allow to cool 5 minutes before removing from tins.
Great recipe, and quick and easy to do on a weeknight. I especially liked the method of mixing all the ingredients in a ziploc bag. I'll have to remember that technique in the future. Couldn't decide between ketchup and BBQ sauce so I used half of each in the muffins, and topped half with BBQ sauce and half with ketchup.