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Copycat Diner Meatloaf

My Copycat Diner Meatloaf recipe is glazed with a sweet barbecue sauce and is the ideal comfort food. This is a delicious meal no one can say no to!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword DIner Style Meatloaf
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Rest Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 8
Author Ali Randall

Ingredients

Barbecue Sauce: 

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons molasses
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of cider vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice

Meatloaf:

  • 2 cups shitake mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons diced white onion
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 4 ounces of ground veal
  • 10 ounces ground pork
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh sage
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons heavy cream
  • 3/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

To make the barbecue sauce:

  • Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Simmer for 20 minutes. Allow the sauce to cool.

To make meatloaf:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large skillet, saute mushrooms and onion in oil until tender. Remove from heat.
  • In a large bowl, combine meats, egg, bread crumbs, herbs, garlic and cream. Mix well. Add mushroom and onion mixture. Add 2 tablespoons of the prepared barbecue sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Mix well.
  • Press meat mixture firmly into loaf pan. Cover it with foil and bake 60 to 75 minutes.
  • Remove the foil and drain any grease in the bottom of the loaf pan with a baster.
  • Coat with the loaf with barbecue sauce. Bake uncovered for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Cut the meatloaf into slices and serve with the barbecue sauce.