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Kentucky Jack'd Meatloaf

A twist on the classic meatloaf that is packed with flavor and infused with Kentucky bourbon.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • 2 lbs Ground Beef, lean 90/10 preferred
  • 1/2 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • 2 Eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/2 Medium Red Onion grated
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp Kentucky Bourbon
  • 1 tbsp Steak Rub Seasoning
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 6 oz Pepper Jack Cheese cut into strips

For the Sauce

  • 1/2 cup Ketchup
  • 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Kentucky Bourbon
  • 1 tbsp Steak Rub Seasoning
  • 2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, bread crumbs, red onion, garlic, eggs, Worcestershire sauce, Bourbon, and milk. Mix gently with your hands until just combined well. Don't overwork the meat or your meatloaf will be tough and chewy, just gently mix completely.
  • Spread half of your meatloaf mixture on the bottom of a loaf pan. Add slices of Pepper jack cheese to center of loaf. Be sure to leave space on the edges to allow the meat to seal in the cheese. Top with remaining meatloaf mixture and seal all edges.
  • In a small bowl, combine the sauce ingredients and pour over the top of the meatloaf.
  • Place the meatloaf in the oven and bake for 1 hour of until the internal meat temperature has reached 165 degrees F. Allow the meatloaf to rest for 10 minutes before serving.


Keyword beef, bourbon, kentucky, meatloaf