Spicy Baltimore Meatloaf

"This is something I've been experimenting with for a while. I've finally perfected the recipe. It's slightly spicy, very savory, and very delicious. It reminds me of a spicier version of the meatloaf I grew up with. I've marked the spicy ingredients as optional, for those that want to try this recipe, but make it mild."
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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine all ingredients except 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce and grated cheese in a large bowl.
  • Knead the meat mixture by hand until well combined (about five minutes).
  • Grease a baking pan (or use cooking spray).
  • Place meat in baking pan and form into a loaf shape.
  • Top meat with remaining BBQ sauce and grated cheese.
  • Bake meatloaf at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
  • Once meatloaf is cooked (about 150 degrees internal temperature for medium, about 180 for well done), remove from oven and let rest for about ten minutes.
  • Slice into 3/4" thick slices and serve with BBQ sauce or ketchup.

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  1. Wow! This is an incredibly tasty recipe, but not for the faint of heart. I cut the cayenne pepper down to 1 tsp. and omitted the jalapeno, and cooked for one hour. Next time, I will reduce the cayenne to 1/2 tsp. And there will be a next time, because my husband loved it, and I kept going back for seconds even though my mouth was on fire. Great consistency and robust flavor. Thanks for a keeper.


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