Meatloaf was always a dreaded meal when I was growing up and my children dreaded it too. Maybe it was because it was always too dry on the outside, or it was too greasy. Either way, no one ever asked for it during meal planning until now that is.
Where it all Started…
About 6 years ago my aunt invited me and my children over for dinner. When we got there we found out she had made meatloaf. I guess it was that look on my children’s faces that gave it away that they were not exactly ecstatic at the idea.
My aunt laughed when she heard that none of us liked meatloaf and told us to try it anyway. We did. It was amazing. It was moist and tasty and almost everyone asked for seconds.
The Secret to Perfect Meatloaf…
I asked her what her trick was. She said she used 90 % lean ground beef. Lean? Wouldn’t that make it dry? I couldn’t grasp moist meatloaf with 90% lean ground beef.
She also said she used diced celery and onion, spices, eggs, and breadcrumbs. I used all of these ingredients also. However, mine resembled charcoal bricks.
Then she said the two things she did that I had never heard of doing. First, she said that she covers the top with brown sugar barbecue sauce. I had always used ketchup.
Next, she said she put it in a roasting pan and added enough water to the bottom of the pan to come to the middle of the loaf. Aha! That was the secret! I never thought to add water to the roasting pan!
It was browned all the way through, had the best taste, and was moist, yet didn’t fall apart when you cut it. Finally a meatloaf we could make that the kids would like and didn’t look like a huge hockey puck when done!
And so the Tradition Continues…
My aunt has since passed away, but her moist meatloaf is made by myself and my daughter quite frequently now. So today I thought I would share that recipe with you. I hope you enjoy this family favorite of mine!
For a great side to this dish, check out my simple asparagus recipes!