Meatloaf my way!

When I was a kid, my mother tried and tried over and over to make meatloaf.  No matter what method she used she just couldn’t get it right.  Honestly it tasted like dog food.  Not that I have ever eaten dog food, but I sure have smelled dog food and I imagine my mom’s meatloaf tastes like dog food smells.   *GAG*  I recall many different people making meatloaf and us eating it at their homes and it tasting quite good.  When mom saw that we liked it and she liked it too, she would ask whoever made it for their recipe so she could attempt it for us at home.   I even remember one of my uncles making it right in front of her, showing her what he put in it but still….every time it was not good.

When I was younger I had attempted meatloaf, using packets from the grocery store, mixing things together like my uncle did but mine never really came out good either.   So it was then that I removed meatloaf from my mind and moved on to other things I could master.  Since meatloaf has always been my nemesis, a couple of years ago I was really wanting some meatloaf, and hubby had asked why I had never made meatloaf.  I explained that about  my mom and how my attempts all turned to failure.   Then I saw on Food Network “The Pioneer Woman”, and she was making meatloaf.  I have always been intrigued by this loaf of meat and seasonings with it’s tomato sauce top and I just had to learn how to make it.  I looked it up online and found her recipe!!  (You can view it here)   I made this meatloaf and WOW!!  It was as if the heavens opened up and granted me the wisdom of the ages!   I was excited to serve it to my family.  I waited with baited breath as my kids took a small bite and my husband dug in to his.  I couldn’t even eat mine yet, I had to know what they thought.   Was it good?  Did it taste balanced and moist?   Then they spoke, one at a time…….They liked it!!   I was forever thankful for finding this gem of a recipe, and was bowing down to my idol in the kitchen Ree Drummond/ The Pioneer Woman!!

Just the other night I made another exceptional meatloaf, but this time I didn’t follow her recipe.   I threw caution to the wind and threw it together in a matter of minutes and put it in to bake.

Once everyone tasted it…I asked, “So, how is the meatloaf”.   To which I got silence at first but then immediately sounds of enjoyment.  Yums, and gutteral sounds accompanied by my youngest daughter saying, “This is your best meatloaf mom, I like it without the bacon on it”.

Without bacon?   I know how could she even be my kid, I love bacon!!   But she was right, this was a pretty damn good meatloaf.   So I figured I would share that recipe since I already shared the link to my first best meatloaf ever.

Imperfect Moms Meatloaf


  • 2 lbs of ground beef
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1/4 of a red onion grated finely
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup Sweet Baby Rays sweet and spicy bbq sauce (or whatever your favorite is)

Preheat oven to 375 Degrees F.  Mix together all but the bbq sauce, form into a meatloaf in a 9×13 glass baking dish.  Bake till done, about 45 mins to 1 hour.  Remove from oven and let it sit about 5-10 minutes.  Slice and serve!!

Here is our meatloaf with roasted potatoes and buttered corn!


This makes amazing cold meatloaf sandwiches the next day.   🙂

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