Cracker Barrel Style Meatloaf

Cracker Barrel’s meatloaf is known for its hearty and comforting flavors, often served with a side of mashed potatoes and gravy. This recipe aims to replicate that classic taste.


For the meatloaf:

  • 1.5 lbs ground beef (preferably 80/20 blend)
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs (plain or seasoned)
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

For the glaze:

  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon mustard (optional)

Optional Additions:

  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (for mixing into the meatloaf)
  • Fresh herbs like parsley or thyme (for garnish)


  1. Preheat the oven:
  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  1. Prepare the meatloaf mixture:
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, breadcrumbs, chopped onion, milk, beaten egg, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Mix gently until all ingredients are well combined. (If using cheese, gently fold it into the mixture.)
  1. Shape the meatloaf:
  • Transfer the meatloaf mixture to a baking dish or loaf pan. Shape it into a loaf shape, ensuring it’s evenly packed.
  1. Make the glaze:
  • In a small bowl, mix together the ketchup, brown sugar, and mustard (if using). Spread the glaze evenly over the top of the meatloaf.
  1. Bake the meatloaf:
  • Place the meatloaf in the preheated oven and bake for 50-60 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 160°F (71°C) and the top is caramelized.
  1. Rest and serve:
  • Remove the meatloaf from the oven and let it rest for about 10 minutes before slicing. This allows the juices to redistribute.
  • Garnish with fresh herbs if desired, and serve with mashed potatoes, vegetables, or your favorite sides.

Tips for Success:

  • Use a meat thermometer to ensure the meatloaf reaches a safe internal temperature.
  • Let the meatloaf rest before slicing to keep it moist and flavorful.
  • Customize the seasoning and ingredients to suit your taste preferences.

Enjoy your homemade Cracker Barrel style meatloaf with all the classic flavors!

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