Alton Brown meatloaf is exceptionally moist and packed with flavor. This is not your grandma’s meatloaf recipe!
Even that glaze on top bursts with flavor (and a little kick of spice).
But don’t worry, this recipe is a cinch to make and comes together in under an hour.
So, if you’re craving the classics you have to give Alton Brown’s meatloaf recipe a try! I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Alton Brown Meatloaf
When it comes to meatloaf recipes, Alton Brown’s is, hands down, one of the best. You can always trust this food scientist to deliver!
While other meatloaves are too dry and rubbery, or too greasy and soggy, this one is absolutely flawless.
With a perfect combination of ground meats, croutons, and eggs, the texture of this meatloaf is on point. It’s super moist and tender but doesn’t fall apart.
And the flavor is also extraordinary. With its wonderful blend of spices and seasonings, this meatloaf is far from bland.
The fact that the recipe is embarrassingly easy to follow is just a plus.
It may look like a long list, but these ingredients are super basic! I’ll bet you already have them on hand.
- Garlic-flavored croutons. These crunchy salad mix-ins bind the ingredients together to keep the meatloaf from falling apart. I like to use garlic-flavored because I just love the taste.
- Salt and ground black pepper. A quick dash of salt and pepper draws out the flavor of the bold spices.
- Cayenne pepper. Adding cayenne pepper delivers the perfect amount of heat without overpowering the dish.
- Chili powder. Chili powder is a mild heat with a kick of peppery flavor that tastes amazing.
- Dried thyme. Thyme adds a rich, sweet, and spicy flavor to this recipe. It’s potent, so a little goes a long way!
- Onion and garlic. The essential aromatics that give the loaf its savory flavor.
- Carrots And bell peppers. These vegetables give the meatloaf some sweetness and crunch.
- Ground chuck and sirloin. This mix of ground meat results in the perfect meatloaf texture: tender and moist, not dry, tough, or greasy. If you’re using only one kind of meat, be sure to stick to 80/20 or 85/15 lean.
- Egg. Along with the croutons, it binds the meat mixture together such that it holds its shape during baking.
- Glaze. A sweet, savory, and spicy mix of ketchup, cumin, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and honey. Adjust the spices to suit your taste. Aside from flavor, the glaze also helps keep the meatloaf moist.
Tips for the Best Meatloaf
Check out these quick tips and tricks to ensure that your meatloaf comes out perfectly the first time!
- Use the right meat ratio. Tender, juicy meatloaf is all about the meat. The duo of chuck and sirloin creates the perfect fatty-to-lean ratio. It’s what makes the texture of this meatloaf perfect.
- Don’t use frozen meat. As frozen meat thaws, it will lose its juices. Stick to fresh meat for best results.
- Make it healthier. The meats typically used when making meatloaves are beef and pork, or a mix of both. If you want a healthier option, though, you can use ground turkey or chicken.
- Don’t overwork the meat. Stop mixing as soon as the ingredients have come together. If you overmix, your meatloaf will be rubbery and dry.
- Create a crisp crust. If you want your meatloaf to have a nice, crisp outer crust, don’t cook it in a loaf pan. Don’t worry, it’ll hold its shape.
- Let it rest. Give it 10 to 15 minutes of resting to allow the juices to redistribute throughout the meat. If you slice it too soon, the meatloaf will fall apart.
- Make it kid-friendly. The spices give this meatloaf a spicy kick.. If you’re serving it to kids, cut the added spices in half.
How to Store
Next-day meatloaf sandwiches, anyone? Having leftover meatloaf makes for fantastic leftovers. Check out these tips on how to store leftovers so they stay fresh for lunch the next day.
- To store. All the meatloaf to cool completely. Then transfer it to an air-tight container and place it in the fridge. It will stay fresh for up to four days.
- To freeze. Wrap the leftover meatloaf tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, or place it in an airtight container. To prevent freezer burn, you can double-wrap it by first wrapping it in plastic wrap and then sealing it in a freezer-safe bag. It will stay fresh for 2-3 months.
- To reheat. Cover the meatloaf in a baking dish, and bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit until heated through. In the microwave, place individual slices on a microwave-safe plate and cover them with a damp paper towel. Then, heat in short intervals until thoroughly warmed.
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