Bourbon BBQ Meatloaf Recipe

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Audrey Published: March 22, 2021 Modified: June 8, 2021

How To Make Bourbon BBQ Meatloaf

Serve a tasty dinner with this bourbon BBQ meatloaf made with beef and minced vegetables. It’s baked into a juicy loaf glazed with a bourbon-infused sauce.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 20 minutes



  • 2tbspolive oil
  • 1medium red or yellow onion,roughly chopped
  • 1medium carrot,roughly chopped
  • 1stalk celery,roughly chopped
  • ¼red bell pepper,roughly chopped
  • 3clovesgarlic
  • 2lbsground beef,(90/10 blend)
  • 1tbspWorcestershire sauce
  • 2large eggs
  • 1cupbreadcrumbs
  • ¼cupfresh parsley,minced
  • 2tspsalt

For Bourbon Bbq Glaze:

  • 1cupbbq sauce,homemade or store bought
  • ¼cupbourbon
  • 1tbspbrown sugar
  • 1tbsphoney


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Add chopped onion, carrot, celery, red pepper, and garlic to a food processor and pulse until minced. Transfer the veggies to a large skillet with olive oil.

  3. Cook over medium heat for 5 to 6 minutes until veggies are soft and most of the liquid has cooked out of them.

  4. Let veggies cool briefly before combining with meatloaf ingredients. The cooler the mixture, the easier it will be to handle. Plus, if it’s too hot, it might cook the eggs.

  5. Add the cooked vegetables to a large bowl with all the other meatloaf ingredients and mix well with hands. Then press the mixture in a 9×5-inch loaf pan.

  6. Bake the meatloaf: Bake the meatloaf at 350 degrees F for 60 minutes or until the internal temperature of the meatloaf reaches 160 degrees F.

  7. Add glaze ingredients to a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over low heat. Simmer for 4 to 5 minutes until the mixture forms big bubbles and is thick enough to coat the back of a spatula or spoon. It will continue to thicken as it cools.

  8. Glaze the meatloaf: When the meatloaf has about five minutes left of baking, add ¼ cup of glaze to the top of the meatloaf and let it finish cooking.

  9. Let the loaf cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then unmold and serve (or serve from the pan). Serve the rest of the glaze on the side for people to drizzle onto their slices.

  10. Leftovers can be kept in the fridge for a few days. If freezing this meatloaf, slice and freeze individually wrapped slices, rather than freezing the entire loaf which will be difficult to defrost later.

  11. Reheat slices in a medium-heat skillet with a drizzle of oil for 4 to 5 minutes until warmed through.


  • Calories: 660.90kcal
  • Fat: 37.68g
  • Saturated Fat: 12.86g
  • Trans Fat: 1.79g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 17.51g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.03g
  • Carbohydrates: 41.51g
  • Fiber: 2.21g
  • Sugar: 23.35g
  • Protein: 31.45g
  • Cholesterol: 169.35mg
  • Sodium: 788.21mg
  • Calcium: 107.08mg
  • Potassium: 714.34mg
  • Iron: 4.89mg
  • Vitamin A: 142.77µg
  • Vitamin C: 13.14mg
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