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Is meatloaf a family favorite at your house? My sweet and spicy meatloaf is a dinner recipe that the kids often ask for. I feel like meatloaf can get a bad rep for being a recipe your grandma made with dried-out beef and a ketchup glaze. Well, have no fear, that’s not my meatloaf!
Sweet and spicy meatloaf is a dinner recipe I’ll often resort to when I didn’t pre-plan dinner. Why? Because I usually have everything on hand that I need so there are no needed quick trips to the grocery store like other recipes.
Talk dinner to me…
Sweet and Spicy Meatloaf Recipe
Let’s start cooking this sweet and spicy meatloaf!
See there, I’m sure you have everything you need already in the spice cabinet or the refrigerator. I’ve never found a reason to spend the extra money on “name brand” spices either, whatever you have will work! I use 2 pounds of slightly lean hamburger meat and about 2 tsp. of the onion salt and garlic salt. I recommend using your own judgement on the salt and pepper as everyone’s preferences with those are different. When it comes to the breadcrumbs I use about a 1/2c along with a splash of Worcestershire sauce and enough beer to keep the meat nice and moist. That usually equals to about a 1/3 of the bottle, then enjoy the rest while it’s cooking!
Doesn’t that look good? Once you get all of the ingredients in the bowl it’s time for your hands to do the dirty work. Get in there, mix it all up and flatten it out in a loaf pan. I recently got copper pans for Christmas and love them. Next, cover it up in foil, and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
While the meatloaf is baking I mix up the sauce. I like using sugar-free grape jelly and chili sauce. I go with sugar-free jelly just to make it a little on the healthier side. Want to hear something funny? I can’t stand the taste of anything that is artificially grape-flavored. However, I love this sauce! I add the jelly to the saucepan first and let it meltdown. Then, add the chili sauce and let it come to a boil then simmer.
Mmm, mmm… doesn’t that sweet and spicy meatloaf look good?
When it comes to sides, I usually serve a type of potato with it. Our favorite quick mashed potatoes are Bob Evans. This mom doesn’t always have time for mashed potatoes from scratch, so these help with time isn’t on my side.
Ingredient Recap for Sweet and Spicy Meatloaf:
I hope my family’s favorite meatloaf becomes a favorite in your house too! Just be prepared, you won’t have leftovers to get you off the hook for dinner the next day.
Have you ever had sweet and spicy meatloaf? Let me know in a comment below!