Cracker Barrel Meatloaf

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Get ready to delight your taste buds with this revamped version of a timeless favorite – Classic Meatloaf. Bursting with flavors and made with simple, wholesome ingredients, this recipe will surely become a new family favorite. With a touch of creativity and a few key ingredients, we’ve elevated the traditional meatloaf to new heights.

Our Classic Meatloaf starts with 2 pounds of lean ground beef, ensuring a deliciously moist and tender result. Finely diced onions add a subtle sweetness, while the optional addition of bell peppers brings a refreshing crunch to every bite. For a unique twist, we’ve added 1 1/2 sleeves of crushed Ritz crackers, lending a buttery and savory essence to the meatloaf.

To achieve the perfect balance of flavors, we’ve included shredded sharp cheddar or Colby cheese, adding a delightful creaminess that will melt into each slice. The combination of 3 eggs and milk creates a light and fluffy texture, binding all the ingredients together beautifully. Seasoned with just the right amount of salt and black pepper, this meatloaf is seasoned to perfection.

But what truly sets this recipe apart is the tantalizing topping that crowns the meatloaf. A delectable mixture of ketchup, brown sugar, and mustard creates a sticky and slightly tangy glaze, adding a burst of flavor to each slice. This irresistible combination takes the meatloaf to the next level, creating a caramelized crust that will have your taste buds begging for more.

Prepared with love and baked to perfection, our Classic Meatloaf is a dish that brings comfort and satisfaction to the table. Whether you’re serving it for a weeknight dinner or a special occasion, this recipe is sure to impress. So gather your ingredients, preheat the oven, and get ready to savor the taste of nostalgia with a delightful twist in every mouthwatering slice of this Classic Meatloaf.


2 pounds lean ground beef
1 small onion, finely diced
1/2 cup bell pepper, finely diced (optional)
1 1/2 sleeves of Ritz crackers, crushed (about 48 crackers)
4 oz. shredded sharp cheddar or Colby cheese
3 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

For the topping:

1/2 to 3/4 cup ketchup
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. mustard


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius).
In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar, and mustard. Set aside; this will be used as the topping.
In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, crushed Ritz crackers, cheese, milk, onion, bell pepper (if using), salt, and black pepper until well combined.
Add the ground beef to the mixture and gently mix, being careful not to overmix.
Shape the mixture into a loaf and place it in a baking pan or on a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper.
Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.
Remove from the oven and spread the prepared topping evenly over the meatloaf.
Return the meatloaf to the oven and bake for an additional 30 to 40 minutes, or until the center reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit (71 degrees Celsius).
Allow the meatloaf to cool for 15 minutes before serving.

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