When I want to make my husband happy with one of his favorite meals, I cook up my special meatloaf. It always warms his heart. I have a secret to keep the meatloaf juicy and tender: beef bouillon.
2 lbs lean ground beef, I use grass-fed ground round
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1 cup warm water
1 cube beef bouillon
2 drops liquid smoke, optional
Put the bouillon cube in the warm water to dissolve.
Place beef, egg, ketchup, spices and onion powder in a mixing bowl. Add a couple drops of liquid smoke for a barbecued flavor, if desired. Mix together with nice clean hands until all the ingredients are well blended. Pat the meat into a greased loaf pan. Pour the bouillon over the meat.
Bake for 1.25 hours at 350F. Drain off the liquid and thicken with flour to make gravy. Serves four. Meatloaf also is great in leftover sandwiches.