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Barbecue meatloaf and potatoes

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Mikey's favorite meal

This meatloaf was my son Mikey's favorite meal when he was a kid. My sister Becky came up with this method of cooking meatloaf. Looking to get a few more veggies into her kids' diet, she snuck in some spinach between cheese, meat and barbecue sauce. I just made this meatloaf for Mikey and his college buddy. They had thirds and fourths. So I think the recipe has stood the test of time.

Barbecue sauce

This meal is meant to be something you can pull together quickly and without a lot of fuss, so I use bottled barbecue sauce for simplicity's sake. I use Bull's Eye Original barbecue sauce, but feel free to use your favorite.

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Ground turkey

You can substitute ground turkey for the hamburger. For the best flavor I recommend using dark meat ground turkey and not breast meat ground turkey.

Make ahead

The meatloaf could be prepared the day before, refrigerated and then popped in the oven for an easy weekday meal.

Leftover sandwiches

If you are lucky enough to have leftovers, this meat loaf makes an excellent sandwich.


Barbecue meatloaf and potatoes

My sister’s stealth recipe to get more veggies in her kids’ diet, she buries spinach deep in the meat loaf and disguises it with cheddar cheese and barbecue sauce. The result is delicious.

  • Author: Something New For Dinner
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hours
  • Total Time: 1 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


  • 2.5 pounds ground beef or turkey
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 slices bread, cut into 1/2” pieces
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2/3‘s 18-ounce bottle of Bull’s Eye barbecue sauce, divided
  • 2 T fresh chopped rosemary, divided
  • 1 10-ounce package frozen spinach, thawed
  • 5 ounces cheddar cheese, sliced
  • 3 pounds russet potatoes, scrubbed and each cut into 12 wedges
  • 2 T olive oil


  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Put ground beef, garlic, onions, bread cubes, eggs,1/3 bottle of Bull’s Eye BBQ sauce,chopped rosemary, salt and pepper in a bowl. Using your hands, mix all the ingredients together. Divide meat mixture into half and form two balls. On a lightly oiled baking sheet or roasting pan, flatten one ball into an oval shape about 10″ wide and 12″ long.
  2. Squeeze all extra water from spinach and spread it across the top of the flattened oval of meat mixture. Leave about an inch around the edge free of the spinach. Place slices of cheese on top of spinach.
  3. Flatten the remaining ball of meat mixture and put it on top of the meat, spinach and cheese stack. Using your fingers seal the two disks of meat mixture together. Spread 1/3 bottle of Bull’s Eye barbecue sauce on top of the finished meatloaf.
  4. Put all the potatoes wedges on a second backing sheet or roasting pan. Drizzle with a couple T of olive oil and using your hands, toss the potatoes to coat. Add 2 – 3T of barbecue sauce and toss again. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and 1 T chopped rosemary. Remove enough of the potato wedges to encircle the meat loaf. Arrange the remaining wedges on the second baking sheet. Bake for one hour, turning the potatoes half way through.

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  1. Debbie Logan says:

    My boys loved Kim’s meatloaf recipe!!! They said it was the best they have ever had! It was delicious!!! I used sweet potatoes instead and tasted great! I will definitely make again soon!

  2. Wendy Gerdau says:

    I was never a meatloaf fan until I tried this!
    My family loves as well.

    1. Kim Pawell says:

      Glad you liked it Wendy! My sister Becky gets all the credit!

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