I’m all for making things easier for myself when it comes to getting dinner on the table. Sometimes that means getting meals prepped in advance so it only requires heating up in the oven/stovetop, other times it means utilizing my crockpot or Instant Pot to have dishes slow cooking throughout the day while I’m out, and another way is to take advantage of ingredients that combine key items to use in a recipe. Take for example these Smokey Mesquite BBQ Meatloaves where cheddar cheese, breadcrumbs, and a blend of ground beef and pork were formed into savory loaves and topped with a smokey BBQ sauce…
These were wonderful as an entree and leftovers make for a great sandwich filling! If you wanted to serve these up as an appetizer, form these into little meatballs and serve with BBQ sauce. Joel and The Baron were fans and we barely had any leftovers… so you know these were good!
original Joelen recipe
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 (8-ounce) cans tomato sauce
3 tablespoons vinegar
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup water, to thin sauce if necessary
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Bake for 1 hour, basting every 15 minutes with the pan juices.
Just before serving, place the loaves under the broiler for the BBQ sauce to caramelize just a bit.
Plug in the IP with insert set in place.
Add trivet to the pot with 1 cup of water.
Form this mixture into mini individual loaves (or meatballs) and place it in prepared grease loaf pans.
Combine the remaining tomato sauce, vinegar, sugar, mustard, Worcestershire and the water (if too thick) to create a BBQ sauce. Pour this sauce over the meatloaves.
Press MANUAL and adjust the time to 15 minutes on HIGH pressure.
Once at pressure, the display will reflect 15 (the number of minutes you initially set) and will begin to countdown to 0 minutes.
Open up your IP when the pin has dropped (allow a few minutes for this to happen).
Remove the meatloaf pans from the IP.
Place the meatloaves in the preheated oven and broil until browned to your preference.
Remove the meatloaf from the oven and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving/slicing. Garnish with parsley if desired.