Cracker Barrel Meatloaf
2 lbs. lean ground beef (80/20 is the best for juicy meatloaf)
1 small onion – finely diced
½ cup bell pepper – finely diced (optional)
1½ sleeves of Ritz crackers (48 crackers total) – finely crushed
4 oz. shredded cheese – sharp cheddar or Colby cheese
½ cup milk
1 tsp. salt
¼ tsp. black pepper
½ to ¾ cup ketchup
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. mustard
Preheat oven to 350° F.
Make the Glaze
In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar, and mustard. Set aside.
Make the Meatloaf
In a large bowl, combine the eggs, crushed Ritz crackers, cheese, milk, onion, bell pepper, salt, and black pepper. Mix well.
Add in the ground beef. Mix well just to combine. Do not over mix.
Form into a loaf and place inside a baking pan or baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper.
Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes.
Remove from the oven and spread the glaze over the meatloaf.
Return to the oven and bake for an additional 30 to 40 minutes or until the temperature in the center is 160° F.
Remove from oven and let it rest for 15 minutes before serving.