The BEST Meatloaf Ever

"One meatloaf recipe to rule them all! Bon Appetite's take on meatloaf, originally entitled BA's Best Beef-and-Bacon Meatloaf. I can't explain why all of these ingredients work so well together, but I can tell you that this is the best meatloaf I've ever had! The meat mixture was a bit 'wet' when I put it together but it cooked up beautifully and it was easy to cut. I would suggest doing a search for "One meatloaf to rule them all" to get Bon Appetite's explanation of WHY it works, but here is how to do it- and it is so worth the extra dishes to wash!"
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Ready In:
1hr 40mins
1 Meatloaf




  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil, then parchment paper.
  • Heat oil over medium in a small skillet. Cook onion and garlic, stirring occasionally, until very soft, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl.
  • Meanwhile, bring ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, and cayenne to a boil in a small saucepan, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly reduced and syrupy, about 5 minutes.
  • Transfer 2 tablespoons ketchup mixture to a blender; add broth and parsley and blend until smooth. Set remaining ketchup mixture aside.
  • Add broth mixture, eggs, breadcrumbs, Parmesan, salt, and pepper to onion and garlic; mix to combine.
  • Add beef and mix well with your hands to combine.
  • Transfer meatloaf mixture to prepared pan and form into a long log (about 12"x5"), smoothing surface.
  • Spread reserved ketchup mixture over top and drape bacon in a crisscross pattern over loaf, tucking underneath.
  • Bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center registers 165° and bacon is crisp, 70–80 minutes. Let rest 10 minutes before slicing.

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