This Cast Iron Meatloaf recipe has been passed down to me from my mom! It's super easy to make and incredibly moist and delicious! And best of all, it doesn't have to be made in a cast iron - but it does make it extra delish! This dinner recipe has been a staple in my family for my whole life so I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
My mom's cast iron meatloaf is such a total winner.
It's legit taken me my whole life to finally figure out her recipe.
Every time I've ever tried to make it, I've ruined it. It just wasn't the same. THERE WAS ALWAYS SOMETHING MISSING!
So I'm so excited to say that I finally forced her into recipe testing with me!
Which is not an easy feat... especially since her whole concept of a recipe is a little bit of this and a little bit of that! SO old school!
Don't get me wrong, I love it but for some reason, I just could not get her recipe right and it was driving me insane!
But now, we've gotten her measurements sorted and my husband is in heaven!
Ever since we started dating, he has requested my mom's meatloaf at least once a month.
To be truthful, he even had a part in his wedding vows about promising to like my food more than my mom's... which has always been hilarious to me.
Because let's be real, he likes my mom's recipes better than mine and I'm A-Ok with that! Hah.
Ok, so let's get to it!
And before I begin, let's just acknowledge how ugly it is because I am not used to sharing ugly food.
But as David Chang says, it's great to be Ugly Delicious!
- ground beef
- old fashioned oats
- spicy barbecue sauce (we ALWAYS trader joe's sriracha bbq)
- yellow mustard
- 1 egg
- Worcestershire sauce
- kosher salt
- garlic powder
- dried parsley
How to make it
Making my Mom's Cast Iron Meatloaf is super easy! And I only say this now because I finally forced my mom into actually recipe testing her signature meatloaf!
Ok, so here's what you do. And you'll see, it's SUPER simple!
First, preheat your oven to 375F degrees.
Next, grab a big bowl and add all ingredients to it.
Use your hands to mix it up so that the spices and stuff are all evenly distributed throughout.
Just be careful to not over-mix it. The heat from your hands will melt the fat which leave you with a dense and dry loaf!
Once everything looks combined, add it to a greased cast iron skillet, bread pan, or shaped into a loaf in another oven safe dish.
The cast iron skillet I use is 10 inches but any size can work as long as you adjust cooking times so that the center reaches 160-165F degrees.
Ok, so now pat the meatloaf into shape and add a drizzle of ketchup on top.
Bake for 45 minutes or until the center reaches 160-165F degrees.
At this point, you'll notice a ton of grease around the loaf, so carefully pour it out and discard.
Then turn the broiler on for another 5-10 minutes or until the ketchup on top caramelizes.
Let the meatloaf rest for about 15 minutes so that it stays moist.
We serve with more of the spicy barbecue sauce for dipping.
And that's it!! It's pretty ugly but it's SO DELICIOUS! It's my husbands favorite food!
What to pair it with
My mom always pairs meatloaf with mashed potatoes and green beans.
But you could also switch it up and pair it with these new 15 minute air fry breakfast potatoes or even my spin on a classic 1905 salad!
Some steakhouse creamed spinach or some old fashioned candied sweet potatoes would also be delicious!
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My Mom’s Cast Iron Meatloaf
- 2 lbs ground beef
- ½ cup old fashioned oats
- ¼ cup ketchup plus more for drizzle
- ½ cup spicy bbq sauce (we use Trader Joe's sriracha bbq) plus more for serving
- 1 tbsp yellow mustard
- 1 egg
- 1 cup onion finely diced
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- Preheat the oven to 375F degrees.
- Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix by hand. Try not to overmix otherwise you will get tough meatloaf. Once everything looks combined, add it to a greased 10" cast iron skillet, bread pan, or shaped into a loaf in another oven safe dish.
- Pat the loaf into shape and add a drizzle of ketchup on top.
- Bake for 45 minutes or until the center reaches 160-165F degrees.
- Drain the grease and broil for 5-10 minutes or until the ketchup is caramelized on top.
- Serve with more spicy barbecue if desired!
This is my new go-to meatloaf recipe! Please thank your mom for sharing her secrets. It’s a winner for sure.
I try to avoid sugar in my diet. Can I omit or substitute the ketchup and barbecue sauce?
You would need to substitute it with something else -- maybe sugar free ketchup or bbq sauce?
Recipe looks awesome however I need measurements of all the ingredients.
My mother did not cook much. Meat loaf is one of my favorites.But not easy to make. Going to try