Meatloaf, what comes to mind when you hear that is what will be served for dinner? Will it be tender and full of flavor? Or greasy and falling apart on your plate? I created this version well over a decade ago and my family loves it. it is nice and firm yet never dried out.
2 lbs Ground Beef
1 Tbs Butter
1 c thinly sliced or diced Carrots
1/2 c diced Onions
1 1/4 c BBQ Sauce + 6 Tbs for the glaze
2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Black Pepper
1 c Oatmeal
In a small skillet, the butter and saute the carrots and onions till lightly browned and soft. The carrots need to be thin or diced small in order to cook all the way through in a reasonable time. Set to the side and allow to cool.
In a large bowl, whip the eggs and add the salt, pepper and bbq sauce. Mix in the cooled vegetables, oatmeal and the meat. Gently fold all the ingredients together. A meatloaf tuns out better if the meat has not been completely mooshed as you are mixing.
Place in a loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. Remove the loaf pan and carefully drain off the grease. This can be up to 1/4 of a cup and removing it now prevents it from being greasy when served. Brush on half of reserved bbq sauce till the loaf is covered and return to a 450 degree oven for 7 minutes. Remove the pan and again coat with the remaining bbq sauce and return to the oven for another 5 minutes or until the glaze is nice and thick.
Remove the meatloaf from the oven, cover and allow to rest for 5 minutes.
To really amp up the BBG flavor, cook this on your grill! Make sure you are using a metal loaf pan and do not place over a direct flame. As long as you monitor the temperature of the grill the times should be pretty consistent with the ones above. Ground turkey can be substituted for the beef, and that means you can skip draining off the grease near the end. This makes wonderful meatloaf sandwiches the next day. Happy cooking and please let me know how it goes.