Copy Cat: Cracker Barrel Meatloaf

Ontario, Canada

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If you miss the classic Cracker Barrel flavors in your meatloaf, then here is a chance to enjoy the juicy and tangy flavors at home using this copycat meatloaf recipe. This recipe brings the taste of Cracker Barrel right into your kitchen. It’s classic comfort food at it’s best. Juicy, tender meatloaf with a sweet, savory glaze on top! This version of meatloaf is easy, delicious, and a crowd pleaser that feeds the whole family at a fraction of the price. Plus, the leftovers are delicious and just as good the next day. But fair warning with this recipe, it might not last long. So let’s get cooking!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper, finely diced (optional)
  • 1 1/2 sleeves of crushed Ritz crackers
  • 4 oz shredded sharp cheddar or Colby cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

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For the topping:

  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp mustard

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Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar, and mustard
  • Place to the side. This will be used later as the topping
  • In a large bowl, combine the eggs, crushed Ritz crackers, cheese, milk, onion, bell pepper, salt and black pepper
  • Mix well
  • Add in the ground beef
  • Mix just to combine, do not over mix
  • Form into a loaf and place inside a baking pan or baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper
  • Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes
  • Remove from the oven and spread the topping over the meatloaf
  • Bake for an additional 30 to 40 minutes or until the center is 160 F

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Let it cool for 15 minutes before serving. Serve with mashed potatoes or creamy Mac & cheese with a side of fresh veggies and a nice warm biscuit. Delicious and seconds are encouraged.

Enjoy!

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