Transfer diced bread into a bowl (soup bowl will do) and pour over the milk. Soak until soft, but don’t wait until it turns mushy.
In a mixing bowl, mix together (with hand) the soaked bread with ground meat, egg, salt, pepper, garlic powder, basil, Worcestershire sauce and BBQ sauce. This will only take a minute or two. You want all the ingredients to be distributed evenly.
Form into a loaf and place into an oven-proof glass container (or loaf tin or baking sheet) sprayed with oil. Mix together ketchup, BBQ sauce and brown sugar and spread half of it over the meatloaf (see note 5).
Bake in the oven for 50 minutes or until ready (see note 6).
Let it sit for about 10 minutes before serving.
Bread – stale will need more time to soften, while fresh will need less time. (I like using French baguette). 1 cup of breadcrumbs can also be used instead. Croutons are another option as well. You can also increase the quantity of bread up to 1.5 cups (don’t use more than that).
You can use any kind of ground meat. I like using a combination of ground beef and pork. For best results use fresh ground meat, not thawed! Thawed will contain a lot of liquid that will be release during cooking. This can also dry out your meatloaf.
Basil can be substituted with oregano, marjoram or Italian seasoning.
Worcestershire sauce can be substituted with low sodium soy sauce.
BBQ glaze can be spread over the meatloaf several ways. You can use half before baking and the other about 20 minutes into cooking time. Or you can use half before cooking and spread the other half after it has been cooked. Or you can just spread all of it before cooking.
The cooking time can vary. This will depend on the size of your meatloaf, on the oven dish/tray you use as well as on the oven itself. I baked mine in an oven-proof glass container (slightly over 1-quart/1-liter) that is usually used for storing leftovers or meal prep.
For more tips, serving suggestions or if in doubt, please refer to the full post above this recipe card. It also contains process photos to help you with your cooking.
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Keyword: Meatloaf Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 555Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Vitamin A 226IU5%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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