Your mom’s meatloaf just got an adult upgrade. This hearty BBQ meatloaf recipe has a bit of tang and a bit of heat thanks to the homemade Jim Beam Bourbon BBQ Sauce added to the mix.
This is a pretty simple recipe to make, so it’s great for a last minute dinner choice. Assuming, of course, you have already made the Jim Beam Bourbon BBQ Sauce from our recipe collection. If not, allow yourself some extra time to create that first.
The trick with the Jim Beam BBQ sauce is the tang from the bourbon and the heat from the cayenne pepper add just enough kick to this meatloaf to make it extraordinary.
Step 1 – Create the BBQ Meatloaf Base
Add all of the ingredients for the meatloaf base into a large mixing bowl and mix by hand until everything is thoroughly blended.
Pack mixed meatloaf into a loaf pan. I like to press down the sides to allow for a bit of a groove on the outer edges to keep any juices from overflowing into the oven.
Pop it in the pre-heated oven and allow to cook for 40 minutes.
Step 2 – Creating the Jim Beam BBQ Mushroom Glaze
While your BBQ meatloaf base is cooking, sautee the mushrooms in butter or margarine until they are nicely browned and then add 1/2 cup more of the Jim Beam Bourbon BBQ Sauce.
If you’re done the mushrooms early, you can set them aside until the meatloaf is finished it’s initial cook time.
Of course, topping it with the mushrooms glaze is optional, but I really like the addition of the BBQ sauteed mushrooms, although it does make it a bit trickier to serve.
Unlike some meatloaf recipes where you see them delicately displayed on a plate, I find this particular dish – with the mushrooms on top – is best served right from the loaf pan.
Granted, if you were planning on serving this to dinner guests and not just your own immediate family, you might want to consider using a more attractive ceramic loaf pan.
Alternatively, you can keep the mushroom glaze aside and simply spoon it over the completed meatloaf when the time comes to serve it. If you’re going to do this, however, I would recommend browning the mushrooms more before adding the Jim Beam BBQ Sauce.
Step 3 – Bringing it All Together
Once your meatloaf has completed its initial cook time, take it out of the oven and spoon the mushroom and BBQ sauce mix on top.
Place it back in the oven for 20 minutes to allow both the meatloaf and the mushroom glaze to finish cooking.
And that’s it! Once done, let it rest for a few minutes before serving.
This dish pairs beautifully with our Easy Southern Corn Casserole Recipe
The Complete Jim Beam Bourbon BBQ Meatloaf Recipe
Jim Beam Bourbon BBQ Meatloaf with Mushroom Glaze
- Mixing Bowl
- Loaf Pan
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
- Sautee or Frying Pan
- 2 Lbs Lean Ground Beef
- 1 Cup Plain Bread Crumbs
- 1 Large Egg
- 1 Pouch Lipton's Onion Soup Mix
- 1 Tbsp Badia Complete Seasoning
- 1 Cup Jim Beam Bourbon BBQ Sauce See Separate Recipe
- 1 Medium Onion Finely chopped
Mushroom BBQ Glaze
- 1 Tbsp Butter or Margarine
- 1 Pkg Sliced Mushrooms
- 1/2 Cup Jim Beam Bourbon BBQ Sauce See Separate Recipe
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)
- Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl
- Place in loaf pan, make sure to press down the edges to keep juices from overflowing
- Bake for 40 Minutes
Mushroom BBQ Sauce Glaze
- While the meatloaf is baking Saute Mushrooms with butter or margarine into nicely browned
- Do not overcook the mushrooms as they will brown more while baking with the meatloaf
- Add 1/2 Cup of Jim Beam Bourbon BBQ Sauce and mix
- Remove from heat and set aside
Putting it Together
- Take meatloaf out of the oven and spoon the Mushroom BBQ sauce mixture on top
- Return to the oven for 20 minutes to finish baking. This will also finish browning the mushrooms in the mushroom glaze.