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BBQ Glazed Meatloaf

This BBQ glazed meatloaf uses juicy ground beef and is full of flavor with Italian seasoning, glazed with a sweet and savory BBQ sauce. 

BBQ Glazed Meatloaf on a plate with broccoli.

Looking for a comforting meal that’ll satisfy the hungriest bellies?

This BBQ glazed meatloaf is a sweet twist on a classic comforting dinner.

I use juicy ground beef, flavored with onion, garlic, and Italian seasoning, topped with a sweet and savory BBQ glaze made with your favorite BBQ sauce mixed with sweet brown sugar and savory Worcestershire sauce slathered on top. 

Meatloaf is both universally loved and an economical dish that is perfect for a weeknight meal, or a weekend dinner with guests. 

It’s also super easy to customize! I’ve always got my favorite Classic Beef Meatloaf, but I’ve been known to give it a twist before with my Thanksgiving Turkey Meatloaf

Trust me, next time you’re looking for something cozy and delicious, you’ll want to try this BBQ glazed meatloaf!

Ingredients to make BBQ Glazed Meatloaf on a table.

Ingredients for BBQ glazed meatloaf

For meatloaf: 

  • Milk – Milk is essential in adding moisture to the meatloaf. 
  • Eggs – Eggs will help all of the ingredients hold together. 
  • Dried breadcrumbs – Dried breadcrumbs will add flavor and texture to the meatloaf. 
  • Diced onion – Diced onion will add sweetness. 
  • Fresh minced garlic – Garlic is a classic ingredient that will add earthiness.
  • Fresh minced parsley – Fresh is best! Parsley will add a delicious herbaceous flavor. 
  • Herbs and spices – I’ve used a combination of kosher salt, Italian seasoning, black pepper, paprika, and red pepper flakes for a blend of savory and spicy flavors. 
  • Ground beef. – Ground beef is the classic meat used for meatloaf.  

For glaze: 

  • BBQ sauce – Feel free to use your favorite store brand or homemade variety. 
  • Ketchup – Ketchup will add sweetness and savory flavors
  • Brown sugar – Brown sugar will add a deep molasses sweetness.
  • Worcestershire sauce – Worcestershire sauce is salty and savory. 
Meatloaf ingredients in a bow.
Meatloaf mixed up in a bowl.

What kind of ground beef should you use for meatloaf? 

When you’re looking at ground beef, there are a lot of different kinds to choose from. So how do you know which one will be best for meatloaf? 

When you see a number like 85/15 on a package of ground beef, that means 85% of the meat mixture is lean beef, and 15% of it is fat.

My favorite ground beef to use for meatloaf is anything between 85/15 and 90/10. 

Anything fattier, like a 75/25 would have too much fat, and the meatloaf would shrink significantly and be unpleasantly greasy. 

Anything leaner, like a 93/7 would be too lean, and you would risk the meatloaf being dry and tough. 

BBQ Glazed Meatloaf served with mashed potatoes.

What is Italian seasoning?

Italian seasoning is usually a blend of herbs like dried basil, rosemary, oregano, parsley, and thyme.

You can feel free to make your own blend of herbs to your personal preference!

What to serve with BBQ glazed meatloaf?

Meatloaf is such a great main course, there are tons of delicious complimentary sides. 

My favorite side is tried and true Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes. For a little extra green, I also like to serve it with Roasted Asparagus or Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts.

BBQ Glazed Meatloaf on a white plate.

Storage and leftovers

Any leftover BBQ glazed meatloaf can be stored in an airtight container stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

To reheat, simply place in a microwave-safe plate covered loosely with a damp paper towel, and heat for 2-3 minutes or until heated thoroughly. 

BBQ Glazed Meatloaf served with potatoes and broccoli.

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BBQ Glazed Meatloaf

Author: Brandy O’Neill – Nutmeg Nanny
This BBQ glazed meatloaf uses juicy ground beef and is full of flavor with Italian seasoning, glazed with a sweet and savory BBQ sauce. 
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings


For meatloaf:

  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup dried bread crumbs
  • ½ cup finely diced onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 pounds ground beef

For BBQ glaze:

  • ¼ cup BBQ sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


For meatloaf

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and lightly grease a 9×5 loaf pan with olive oil spray. 
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the milk and eggs. Add the bread crumbs and mix to combine. 
  • Add the onion, garlic, parsley, salt, Italian seasoning, black pepper, paprika, and red pepper flakes. Mix to combine. 
  • Add the ground beef and gently mix to combine. You don’t want to compact the meat or you’ll end up with a tough meatloaf. 
  • Once combined, transfer the meat mixture to the prepared loaf pan and gently press the top into a smooth layer. 
  • Bake the meatloaf for 30 minutes. 
  • Spread the glaze over the meatloaf and bake for an additional 20 minutes. 
  • Allow the meatloaf to rest in the pan for 10 minutes. Then remove it to a board and slice it into 1-inch pieces. 
  • Serve with your desired sides and enjoy. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. 

For BBQ glaze 

  • Stir together BBQ sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce in a small bowl. 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 426kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 149mg | Sodium: 516mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword bbq sauce glazed meatloaf, bbq sauce meatloaf, meatloaf glazed with bbq sauce, meatloaf with bbq sauce, sweet baby rays meatloaf
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