For the meatloaf:

  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef (lean)
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley

For the glaze:

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon mustard


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a loaf pan or line it with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, breadcrumbs, milk, egg, chopped onion, chopped bell pepper, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, thyme, basil, oregano, and parsley. Mix until well combined, but try not to overmix.
  3. Transfer the meat mixture to the prepared loaf pan, and gently press it down to form a loaf shape.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the ketchup, brown sugar, and mustard to make the glaze. Spread the glaze evenly over the top of the meatloaf.
  5. Place the loaf pan in the preheated oven and bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until the meatloaf is cooked through and the top is caramelized.
  6. Once cooked, remove the meatloaf from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes before slicing.
  7. Serve slices of the meatloaf with your favorite sides, such as mashed potatoes, green beans, or macaroni and cheese.

This recipe should give you a delicious meatloaf with flavors reminiscent of Cracker Barrel’s version. Adjust seasonings and ingredients to match your taste preferences. Enjoy!

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