Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 5 mins
Well, I can't call it Meat Loaf, as I HATE meatloaf. Everyone that I have met that hates meatloaf, loves my meat brick! It isn't your mother's/grandmother's meatloaf! It really is easy to make too.
- 2 -6 lbs family sized package ground beef (it MUST be cheap or it will be dry)
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 -6 eggs (or how ever many it will take...you will understand later)
- 25 saltine crackers, crushed (per 2 pounds of ground meat, adjusted as needed)
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed (per 2 pounds of ground beef, adjust to your taste)
- 2 teaspoons dried sage (per 2 pounds, adjust accordingly)
- 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning (per 2 pounds beef, adjust to taste)
- 1⁄4-1 cup brown sugar (white sugar can be used if that's all you have)
- 1 (16 ounce) bottle hickory flavored barbecue sauce (any brand will do, but make sure it is either of the 2 varieties) or 1 (16 ounce) bottlemesquite smoke barbecue sauce (any brand will do, but make sure it is either of the 2 varieties)
- salt and pepper
- 12 ounces brown sugar (I use a 12 oz coffee mug to measure it in) or 12 ounces white sugar (I use a 12 oz coffee mug to measure it in)
- I NEVER make a 2 pound meat-brick. I am giving the majority of these directions as if I was though. You will have to adjust some of them to the amount you are making.
- In the coffee mug of sugar, pour in enough BBQ sauce to make a glaze. You can mix it together in a separate bowl. This will be used at the end of the cooking.
- In a very large bowl, combine everything but the BBQ sauce, eggs,and sugar.
- Next measure in the 1/4 cup of sugar (you may need to add a little more if you are using more than 2 pounds of beef), 1 eggs per pound of ground beef, and 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce per 2 pounds of beef. Mix. To know when you have this at the right consistancy, shape the mixture into a ball in the bowl. If you can.
- pick it up, but it oozes over your hands, it is right. If it stays in a ball and seems "stiff", you need to add another egg first and then more BBQ sauce. You want to add the egg first as it will help the brick to hold together. You may also add more spices as needed here.
- When the meat-brick is to your consistancy (and it is VERY important that it be kinda "runny") put it in a baking dish (NOT a bread loaf pan) large enough to streach it out. If you are making a very large one, you may need to use 2 pans. Place the "blob" in the pan. Streach it out like a "loaf". Be careful not to make it too narrow, or too wide. If it is too narrow, it will dry out, if it is too wide, it be medium-rare in the middle. I don't mind it medium-rare, but my family won't eat it that way.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Check on it once in a while, and make sure that it isn't drying out. When the hour is up, take your glaze, and pour it over the meat-brick. Cook an additional 5 minutes, or until the glaze is bubbly.
- I normally serve this with mashed potatoes and green beans.
- If you hate meatloaf, I can almost bet you will love this!
My family and I did not care for this. It was way too sweet for our taste. Maybe using half the sugar might help. So sorry QZ Sioux
This was surprisingly good (I got worried while mixing it up- that runny thing made me wonder if it was gonna turn out to be a puddle in the pan)! Even my hubby liked it. Yummy, but definitely not for the "meatloaf purist"- it's more like a barbeque thang!