Balsamic Barbecue Meatloaf

A moist, delicious meatloaf recipe that will have your spouse praising your savory kitchen skills! Double the recipe and freeze one for another day!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 1 pound Lean Ground Beef
  • 3/4 Cup Bread Crumbs
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Italian Seasoning
  • 2 Tablespoons Ketchup
  • 1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 Package Dry Onion Soup
  • 1 Large Egg, lightly beaten


  • 2 Tablespoons Ketchup
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 3-4 Drops Liquid Smoke


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl add beef, bread crumbs, and Italian seasoning. Mix together. Add milk, ketchup, 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, and dry onion soup. Add egg to mixture. Combine well with hands, do not overwork.
  2. Form meatloaf into a loaf form in a roasting pan. Set meatloaf aside. In a small bowl combine 2 tablespoons ketchup, 1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar and 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar; Mix well. Apply sauce evenly to the top of meatloaf.
  3. Cover pan with aluminum and bake for 35-40 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Remove from oven, allow to rest 10 minutes.

Freezer Instructions:

  1. Wrap formed loaf with plastic wrap. Do not add sauce. Label.
  2. Thaw completely. Mix sauce ingredients and apply evenly to top of meatloaf. Preheat oven to 350°, cooking for 35-40 minutes.