Cracker barrel meatloaf

Cracker Barrel Meatloaf is a well-known dish that was inspired by the classic comfort food served at the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store restaurant chain. It’s a flavorful and hearty meatloaf that’s ideal for a home-cooked meal. Here’s an expanded version of the Cracker Barrel Meatloaf recipe:


For the Meatloaf:

  • 2 pounds ground beef (you can also use a combination of beef and pork)
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried sage

For the Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard


  1. Turn on the oven to 350 °F (175 °C). Grease a baking dish or loaf pan.
  2. Combine the ground beef, crumbled saltines, minced onion, milk, beaten eggs, ketchup, yellow mustard, salt, and pepper in a sizable bowl. The components should be thoroughly mixed. Avoid overmixing because it could make the meatloaf more dense.
  3. Place the meatloaf mixture in the b aking dish or loaf pan that has been oiled. Make a loaf shape out of it, packing and distributing it evenly.
  4. To make the glaze, combine the ketchup, brown sugar, and yellow mustard in a small bowl.
  5. You should reserve a tiny portion of the glaze for later usage. Over the meatloaf’s top, evenly distribute the glaze.
  6. Place the meatloaf in the preheated oven and bake for about 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until a meat thermometer reads 160°F (71°C) for the internal temperature of the meatloaf.
  7. Brush the meatloaf with the reserved glaze during the final 10-15 minutes of baking.
  8. When the meatloaf is thoroughly cooked, take it out of the oven and let it cool before slicing.
  9. Serve the meatloaf hot with your preferred sides, such as mashed potatoes, green beans, or macaroni and cheese. Slice the meatloaf into thick slices.

This tasty, juicy, and filling meatloaf is made in the style of Cracker Barrel. It is a traditional comfort food that is ideal for meals with family or potluck events. Enjoy!