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Pork Meatloaf with Glaze

This flavorful, juicy Pork Meatloaf with the tastiest glaze is a great kid-friendly dinner idea that the whole family loves! It's really easy to make—just mix together and pop in the oven—and you'll be so pleasantly surprised by how TASTY ground pork meatloaf is! This is a great budget-friendly recipe.

This meatloaf is dairy-free and is perfect for a small family, but the recipe can be doubled for a larger family!

Ground pork meatloaf with glaze on a cutting board
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Ground pork meatloaf

We love cooking with ground pork instead of ground beef. I find pork to be so much more flavorful and versatile than ground beef. And with the cost of beef nowadays, I am glad I have a bunch of ground pork recipes in my rotation.

After my pork burgers were a huge hit, I decided to make ground pork meatloaf.

And we absolutely LOVE this pork meatloaf!!

Sliced meatloaf made from pork on a plate

It's so flavorful, juicy, and just absolutely spot on. Every time.

The best part is that it is SO easy to make! Simply combine all the ingredients in a bowl and pop it in the oven. No need to stand over the stove! After a few times of making this recipe, I don't even measure the ingredients but just eyeball them. (Don't worry, I measured them to write down this recipe for you).

This meatloaf has never failed me.

Ready to get started?

Ingredients for ground pork meatloaf laid out

Ingredients

For the meatloaf:

  • 1 lb ground pork (80% or 85% lean)
  • 1 small onion, finely diced (the finer the better, you can use a food processor to chop it up)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced or grated
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup plain breadcrumbs (or panko)
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning (or 1 teaspoon each dried basil, oregano, parsley)
  • ¾ - 1 teaspoon salt (1 teaspoon makes for a saltier, though admittedly tastier, meatloaf)
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste

For the glaze:

  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons BBQ sauce (or substitute with 2 tablespoons ketchup + 1 tablespoon brown sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (or white vinegar or any vinegar you have)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder

More ground pork recipes: Ground Pork Tacos

Equipment

  • An 8x5-inch loaf pan *or* a baking pan. If you want dry edges for your meatloaf, use a baking pan. If you want juicy edges for your meatloaf, use a bread loaf pan. If doubling the recipe, you can use a slightly bigger loaf pan, such as 9x5-inches.
  • Parchment paper, to make sure the meatloaf doesn't stick
  • Large bowl
  • Pastry brush, to brush the glaze on the meatloaf (or you can use a spoon to spread it)
  • Measuring spoons and cups

More ground pork recipes: Sweet and Sour Cabbage and Pork Stir Fry

Instructions

Step 1: Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line an 8x5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper and lightly spray with oil, or place parchment paper on a baking sheet and lightly spray with oil.

Loaf pan lined with parchment paper and brushed with oil

Step 2: Combine all the ingredients for the meatloaf in a large bowl. Use your hands to mix it together well and make sure all the seasonings are spread throughout the ground pork. 

Ingredients for ground pork meatloaf in a bowl

Step 3: Shape the ground pork mixture into a loaf shape and place into the parchment paper-lined loaf pan or on a baking sheet. Press down gently to get it to your desired shape.

Ground pork meatloaf mixture pressed into a loaf pan

Step 4: Bake at 375F for 30 minutes. (If you want to skip the glaze, bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the meatloaf is fully cooked and a meat thermometer measures at least 165F in the thickest part.)

Cooked meatloaf in a loaf pan

Step 5: While the meatloaf is baking, combine all the ingredients for the glaze in a small bowl and mix together.

Collage of 2 pictures showing how to make meatloaf glaze

Step 6: After 30 minutes, carefully remove the meatloaf from the oven. Brush the glaze mixture on top of the meatloaf and bake for another 15 minutes, or until the meatloaf is fully cooked and the internal temperature is at least 165F.

Brushing glaze on pork meatloaf

Step 7: Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes before removing it from the baking pan and slicing. If you try to slice it too early, it will crumble.

Small meatloaf 

This recipe uses 1 lb of ground pork and makes a meatloaf that is on the smaller side. It's perfect for a family of 4 or for a couple who wants leftovers. 

If you want to double the recipe, you can simply double all the ingredients, except for the glaze. If you're using a loaf pan, the amount of glaze needed will be the same. If you're shaping your own meatloaf by hand, you might need to increase the glaze by just a little bit (add an extra tablespoon or two of BBQ sauce).

If doubling the recipe, increase the initial baking time to about 40-45 minutes before glazing. Make sure that the inside of the meatloaf is fully cooked to 165F.

Meatloaf without milk

You'll notice that this meatloaf doesn't have milk added do it. Most meatloaf recipes call for adding milk to the ground meat mixture, or for soaking bread in milk... but I find that it is just not necessary.

This meatloaf comes out perfectly juicy every time thanks to flavorful ground pork (make sure to use 80% or 85% lean), fresh onion and garlic, a little ketchup, and egg mixed into the meat mixture.

So if you're dairy-free, then this is the dairy-free meatloaf recipe for you!

What to serve with meatloaf

For a classic American dinner, serve meatloaf with mashed potatoes (try these slow cooker mashed potatoes!) and a veggie (we love roasted veggies, try bacon roasted vegetables or roasted cauliflower!).

For a lighter meal, serve with a roasted veggie (try these thyme roasted carrots!) and a salad.

You can't go wrong either way!

Leftover meatloaf ideas

If you have leftover meatloaf, it actually reheats REALLY well in the microwave and stays nice and juicy. But if you want to use leftover meatloaf for other recipes, try this:

  • Meatloaf sandwich (add a slice of cheese and toast the whole sandwich in the oven, panini press, or a toaster oven. So good!!
  • Crumble up meatloaf and add it to marinara sauce for pasta
  • Crumble of meatloaf and add it to lasagna before baking
  • Chop it up and make some meatloaf tacos
  • Add it to shepherd's pie
  • Use it in a casserole

If you enjoyed this recipe, let me know with a comment and a star rating below. And don't forget to share it on Facebook and save it on Pinterest for later!

Sliced pork meatloaf on a cutting board
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Pork Meatloaf with Glaze

Flavorful, juicy, delicious! This ground pork meatloaf is so easy to make and a favorite with kids and adults. This recipe makes about 4 servings, but can easily be doubled.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Resting time10 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Author: Kate

Ingredients

For the meatloaf:
  • 1 lb ground pork (80% or 85% lean)
  • 1 small onion finely diced (the finer the better, you can use a food processor to chop it up)
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced or grated
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup plain breadcrumbs (or panko)
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning (or 1 teaspoon each dried basil, oregano, parsley)
  • ½ - ¾ teaspoon salt to taste
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper or to taste
For the glaze:
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons BBQ sauce (or substitute with 2 tablespoons ketchup + 1 tablespoon brown sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (or white vinegar or any vinegar)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder

Special equipment

  • 8x5-inch loaf pan or use a baking pan for crispier edges
  • Parchment paper to make sure the meatloaf doesn't stick
  • Pastry brush to brush the glaze on the meatloaf (or you can use a spoon to spread it)
  • Measuring spoons and cups

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line an 8x5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper and lightly spray with oil, or place parchment paper on a baking sheet and lightly spray or brush with oil.
  • Combine all the ingredients for the meatloaf in a large bowl. Use your hands to mix it together well and make sure all the seasonings are spread throughout the ground pork.
  • Shape the ground pork mixture into a loaf shape and place into the parchment paper-lined loaf pan or on a baking sheet. Press down gently to get it to your desired shape.
  • Bake at 375F for 30 minutes. (If you want to skip the glaze, bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the meatloaf is fully cooked and a meat thermometer measures at least 165F in the thickest part.)
  • While the meatloaf is baking, combine all the ingredients for the glaze in a small bowl and mix together.
  • After 30 minutes, carefully remove the meatloaf from the oven. Brush the glaze mixture on top of the meatloaf and bake for another 15 minutes, or until the meatloaf is fully cooked and the internal temperature is at least 165F.
  • Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes before removing it from the baking pan and slicing. If you try to slice it too early, it will crumble. Serve warm, spooning the juices from the pan onto the meatloaf.

Notes

If doubling the recipe:
  • Increase the initial baking time to 45 minutes, and make sure the thickest part of the meatloaf is fully cooked at 165F before removing from the oven. 
  • You can use a slightly larger loaf pan, about 9x5 inches.

Nutrition

Calories: 351kcal (18%) | Carbohydrates: 9g (3%) | Protein: 21g (42%) | Fat: 25g (38%) | Saturated Fat: 9g (45%) | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 123mg (41%) | Sodium: 742mg (31%) | Potassium: 429mg (12%) | Fiber: 1g (4%) | Sugar: 6g (7%) | Vitamin A: 185IU (4%) | Vitamin C: 2mg (2%) | Calcium: 51mg (5%) | Iron: 2mg (11%)

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