Southern meat loaf


  • Prep Time15 mins
  • Total Time15 mins
  • Makes1 loaf
*PLUS Baking Time: 35 minutes


  • 1 egg

  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs, or 1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs

  • 2/3 cup barbecue sauce

  • 500 g lean ground beef, or 250-gq each of lean ground beef and ground pork

  • 1 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley

  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

  • 4 slices bacon


  • Preheat oven to 425F (220C). For easy cleanup, line a baking sheet with sides with foil or lightly grease a 9x5 inch (1.5 L) loaf pan.

  • Beat egg in a large bowl. Stir in bread crumbs and 1/3 cup (75 mL) barbecue sauce. Crumble in meat. Add garlic, parsley, thyme, salt, cayenne and pepper.

  • Using your hands or a fork, work mixture until combined. Evenly pat into a free-form loaf shape about 2 inches (5 cm) thick. Or evenly pat into loaf pan (loaf will be about half the normal thickness). Spread with remaining barbecue sauce.

  • For a smoky taste, lay bacon slices over top. Bake, uncovered, in centre of oven for 20 minutes. Drain off any juices. Continue baking until meat is well browned and bacon is crisp, from 15 to 20 minutes.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 140, Protein 12.2g, Carbohydrates 5.6g, Fat 7.3g, Fibre 1.4g, Sodium 367mg.

We've borrowed some of the best Southern specialty flavors, including country bacon, creamy buttermilk, rich barbecue sauce and bourbon, and happily combined them in this comfort dinner that's great any day of the week. Even company will savor these home-style favorites.