The RV Chronicles — Rarefied fare at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’

For every 20 recipe attempts, I might accidentally create something worthy of repeating.  To realize a dish worthy of shouting from the rooftops is a one-in-a-thousand thing. The odds are even more remote while cooking in an RV.

But lightning has to strike somewhere.Sweet-Black-Pepper-image

And when it did, I ended up with a heartybeefyaddicting eat-though-I’m-fullsmoky-peppery-sweetslap everybody in the roomserve no sidesI can die now dish.  Yes folks, this is rarefied fare — with a little help from my friends at Stubb’s.

It’s been months and months since the folks at Stubb’s sent me a bottle of their Sweet Black Pepper Anytime Sauce™.  As they occasionally do, Stubb’s surprises me with something in my mailbox with the idea that I’ll cook with it and report back. (That’s our entire arrangement.) I’ve used it as a dip, topper, marinade and baste (check out my Sweet Black Pepper Sauced Scallops w/ Bacon) but nothing has made such a marked impression as my Sweet Black Pepper Meatloaf.

It’s an out-of-the-box version of the American classic comfort food because this is a meatloaf that you’d serve for Sunday dinner — just so you could have the leftover meatloaf sandwich on Monday. It’s that sublime.

A little advice on finding Stubb’s line of Anytime Sauce™ – most grocers stock them with the marinades. Want to make sure your store carries Stubb’s fine lineup? Find out here.

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Sweet Black Pepper Meatloaf


Sweet Black Pepper Meatloaf — Rarefied fare … even the second time around.

5.0 from 5 reviews
Sweet Black Pepper Meatloaf
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
  • 1 lb - Ground beef sirloin
  • 1 lb - Ground beef chuck
  • 1 - Large egg
  • ¾ cup - Dried bread crumbs
  • 1½ cups - Stubb's Sweet Black Pepper Anytime Sauce™
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Combine beef, egg, bread crumbs and ¾ cup of the Stubb's Sweet Black Pepper Anytime Sauce™.
  3. Place into an oiled (4×8) loaf pan, or shape similarly and place in an oiled glass baking dish or cast iron Dutch oven (if you're camping).
  4. In a traditional oven, bake uncovered for about 50 minutes; in a Dutch oven, bake covered for about 40 minutes.
  5. Pour remaining (1/2 cup) Stubb's Sweet Black Pepper Anytime Sauce™ over the top of the meatloaf and bake for another 5-7 minutes.
*-If cooking in a cast iron Dutch oven, place 14 pieces of burning charcoal on the lid — 7 beneath the oven. (These directions are for a 4-qt/12-inch model.)



  1. Now that’s a knife and fork meatloaf sandwich! Think I’ll put that sauce on my shopping list and try it out!

  2. Yummmm, yummmm, yummmmm all day long! Looks amazingly delicious!!!

  3. I LOVE meatloaf sandwiches – and I have some of this sauce (I think) in the pantry so I’ll be using your recipe next time I make one!

    • adamjholland says:

      This meatloaf is so good, it shouldn’t even be called meatloaf. (Yes. It’s that good. Wish I’d come up with this sauce!)

  4. It looks scrumptious!!! It should come with a hammock on the side.. It looks nap worthy!!

  5. That looks delicious. I freaking love meatloaf…

    • adamjholland says:

      Thank you, Christine. The thing with me is… I don’t love meatloaf. Except for a tiny handful of recipes. (This is definitely one of them.)

  6. OMG Adam! This is some sandwich! I bet you can’t eat this standing up in a hurry like most of my lunches! this is a seat down, fork and knife and a bunch of napkins sandwich! and it looks delicious! well done my friend!

  7. Juan Elizondo says:

    Slobbering and sad because I’m cutting my meat intake. Looks awesome. One observation about the blog, though: Don’t say or event think about lighting when you’re living in metal home. Just not good juju.

    • adamjholland says:

      You’re right. Also, I shouldn’t mention tornadoes (unless my camera is charged and ready to shoot). 😉

  8. Oh my gosh! My mouth actually started watering. I want to eat this and then lick the plate.

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