Recently I snagged a great sale on ground beef at my local store. The had a bunch on clearance and this works wonderful to my advantage, especially with school starting back up. Why does this work out so well, besides the fact that I snagged hamburger for 50% off? My boys love BBQ meatloaf and have been begging for it recently. BBQ meatloaf not only goes together quickly, it is a family favorite but can be frozen unbaked which turns into an easy dinner.
As I say I snagged several pounds of the ground beef that was being marked down and made up 3 pans of meatloaf to go into the freezer, several BBQ meatloaf muffin for school lunch ideas, and the one we ate for dinner.
If you read the sentence above you might be asking what is a bbq meatloaf muffin? Well that is simple. Instead of baking my meatloaf in a loaf pan I bake them in a well greased muffin pan at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. The kids love having them for dinner, they have built in portion control. and they work perfect for school lunches. My kids do have access to a microwave but have eaten them cold without complaint.
If you opt to make them into muffins I let them cool completely, flash freeze individually, and once frozen completely toss them all into a Ziploc bag. The muffins can be packed into lunch boxes the night before and left in the fridge or the morning of and they are thawed by lunch time. If packing into lunch boxes the morning of keep in mind that lunch packing at our house starts at 6 am because they are on the bus by 6:45.
I also said above that I have 3 pans of meatloaf in the freezer ready for an easy weeknight meal. I mixed up 3 batches of the recipe below and pressed my loaves unbaked into a pan lined with parchment paper. I froze them overnight and was able to use the parchment paper to pull them out of the pan easily. I then wrapped them in saran wrap and placed into freezer bags as well. When it comes time to use these frozen bbq meatloafs I will take them out of the freezer, unwrap them, and place pack into the original pan which I have sprayed with Pam. I do my best to pull them out the night before and leave in the fridge so that I don’t have to adjust my cooking time.
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 T dried basil
- ½ C bbq sauce (reserve ¼ C)
- ¼ C instant oatmeal
- ½ C milk
- 2 eggs
- Preheat oven to 350.
- In a large bowl combine all ingredients. Works best to mix with your hands.
- Spray a loaf pan with olive oil and spread in the meat mixture.
- Cook for 1 hr and 20 minutes.
- Top the cooked meatloaf with ¼ C sauce remaining sauce in the last 5 minutes of cook time.