Cheddar-Topped Barbecue Meat Loaf Recipe
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Cheddar-Topped Barbecue Meat Loaf Recipe

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My family loves the bold barbecue flavor of this tender meat loaf. I love that it's such an easy recipe to prepare in the slow cooker.—David Snodgrass, Columbia, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 3-1/4 hours
MAKES:8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 3-1/4 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 large sweet red or green pepper, chopped (about 1-1/2 cups)
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon barbecue seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Cut three 18x3-in. strips of heavy-duty foil; crisscross so they resemble spokes of a wheel. Place strips on bottom and up sides of a 3-qt. slow cooker. Coat strips with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine eggs, oats, chopped pepper, onion, soup mix, garlic, salt and pepper. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into a 7-in. round loaf. Place loaf in center of strips in slow cooker. Cook, covered, on low 3-4 hours or until a thermometer reads at least 160°.
  3. In a small bowl, mix ketchup, brown sugar, barbecue seasoning and mustard; pour over meat loaf and sprinkle with cheese. Cook, covered, on low 15 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand 5 minutes. Using foil strips as handles, remove meat loaf to a platter. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Cheddar-Topped Barbecue Meat Loaf in Taste of Home Everyday Slow Cooker & One Dish Recipes Annual 2014, p17

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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Reviewed Nov. 28, 2014

"I really liked it but my husband didn't so I can't give it a 5 star. But it is the best meatloaf recipe I have used in a long time."

Reviewed Nov. 15, 2014

"I made this yesterday and it is delicious - definitely a keeper! Thanks!"

Reviewed Nov. 13, 2014

"Excellent! Will make this many more times. I add mushrooms & 1 tablespoon maple syrup to mix."

Reviewed Nov. 13, 2014

"This was an easy recipe and tasted delicious. I had to make my own barbecue seasoning (taste of home recipe) because I could not find it at the grocery store. When I make this again I will add a little bit of the seasoning to the meat loaf for extra flavor. Yummy!"

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