BBQ-Baked Cast-Iron-Pan Meatloaf
Original Comfort Food
- 1 lb. ground beef, chuck or sirloin works best
- 1 lb. ground pork
- ¾ cup fresh bread crumbs
- ¾ cup bbq sauce
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- 1 tbsp. chopped fresh herbs (Whatever you
have on hand. Use ½ tbsp. of mixed dried herbs
if you do not have any fresh)
- 1 tbsp. Bone Dust BBQ Seasoning and Rub
- 1 tsp. salt, optional
- 1½ cups aged sharp cheddar cheese,
- ¼ cup butter
- 2 small onions, diced
- 1 tsp. chopped garlic
- ¼ cup all purpose flour
- 1½ cups beef stock, or a 50/50 combination
beef stock and vegetable water from your
potatoes and green veg.
- 1 cup BBQ Sauce
- salt and pepper to taste
Preheat your grill to high. Lightly grease a 10-inch cast-iron frying pan.
In a large bowl, throughly combine the ground beef, pork, bread crumbs, BBQ sauce, eggs, onion, garlic, cheese, herbs, and spices. Turn the meatloaf into the greased pan and press firmly.
Place the pan onto the grill and close the lid, baking for 35 to 40 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 160°F. Top with some of the cheese if there is any remaining. Bake for another 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
Serve with BBQ gravy, garlic and cheddar mashed potatoes, and some veggies.
BBQ Gravy: Melt the butter over medium heat in a medium sized saucepan. Sauté the onions and cgarlic for 2 to 3 minutes or until they are tender.
Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly for 4 to 5 minutes being careful not to burn the flour.
Add the beef stock/veggie water ½ cup at a time. Stirring constantly until it is smooth and thickened. Stir in the BBQ sauce, salt and pepper.
Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
Strain and adjust the seasoning before serving.
If you're not serving many people with this recipe and want to have a make-ahead meal, you can always divide the meatloaf into greased muffin tins instead of using the skillet or a loaf pan before grill-baking. Try hiding something in the middle of each mini-loaf, like cheese or vegetables. Comfort food is never a miss in my house. Especially on cold and wet days. As an added bonus the gravy just tied everything together. No more ketchup or BBQ sauce for us. What is your favourite comfort food on a cold, wet fall day?