Copycat Cracker Barrel Meatloaf

Cracker Barrel Meatloaf
Make Cracker Barrel's super popular meatloaf recipe right at home! This is a perfect replica of the original, with a tender meat mixture and flavorful topping the family will love!
INGREDIENTS : 
  • ½ tablespoon canola oil
  • ½ cup yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper, finely diced
  • 2 pounds 80% lean ground beef, See Note 1
  • 1 1/2 sleeves of crushed Ritz crackers, 32 count, equal to one cup crushed
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated, See Note 2
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • For the Topping:
  • 1/2-3/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. yellow mustard
INSTRUCTIONS : 
  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
  2. Optional: Sautee the diced peppers and onions in a small pan with the canola oil until softened, about 5 minutes. This gives them a more subtle flavor and texture.
  3. Crush the Ritz crackers so that they resemble fine breadcrumbs. You can do this by hand or with a food processor.
  4. In a large bowl mix the eggs, cracker crumbs, onion, bell pepper, cheese, milk, salt and black pepper.
  5. Add ground beef and mix until just combined. Don't overwork the meat, we want tender results.
  6. Form it in a loaf and place it into a loaf pan. Not using a loaf pan can result in the loaf falling apart. It also takes much longer to cook, which causes it to dry out.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes.
  8. Combine the topping ingredients while it bakes and set aside.
  9. Remove the meatloaf and brush the on the topping. Bake for an additional 30-40 minutes. Ensure the middle is 160 degrees F before you slice in.
  10. Remove from oven and let stand for 15 minutes before slicing and serving.
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