Tasty Tuesday: Barbeque Meatloaf

June 30, 2009

Today marks the first family originated recipe to be featured on Tasty Tuesdays.  Growing up my mom would make meatloaf with mashed potatoes and green beans about every other week or so.  My grandmother, Memaw, would also make it most times we headed up to Pampa for a visit.  Because Memaw and Mom were the only two people I ever saw make this recipe I, along with several of my other cousins, attributed the recipe to Memaw and referred to it as “Memaw’s Meatloaf”. 

It wasn’t until a few months ago when my Aunt Dee and Uncle Steve came to visit Robert and I in Dallas that I was informed that the recipe did not originate with Memaw at all.  It was a recipe that Aunt Dee and Mom got at a 4H club meeting and brought home to share.  I still like to call it Memaw’s Meatloaf.  To me, who first brought the recipe into the Holman family is less important than who I remember first making it for me.  That and it’s probably the only meal outside of stew or chili that I remember Memaw making and I feel like I honor her memory every time I make it.

I’ve made some changes to the recipe, mainly switching ground turkey for ground beef, to make it a bit healthier.  I hope you enjoy this family favorite as much as we do.  Also of note, this recipe makes 5-6 mini loaves instead of one large loaf.  Outside of the fact that this is the only way my mom and Memaw ever made it, I like that the mini loaves make it easy for packing a lunch out of leftovers the next way.  If you’re weirded out by the mini loaf idea then go ahead and make into one large loaf, it won’t affect the taste at all.  Also, if you have a family member that doesn’t do onions, then substitute 2 Tbsp dried minced onions from the spice section of the grocery store for the 1/2 cup fresh minced onion.  It leaves the flavor without being overbearing or the texture.  My dad hates onions and he doesn’t mind the dried minced onions in this meatloaf.

For loaf:
1lb ground turkey
1/2 cup minced yellow onion
1 cup cracker crumbs
1 large egg
1 8 oz. can of tomato sauce
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
For sauce:
1 8 oz. can of tomato sauce
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp Worcheshire Sauce

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Combine in a large bowl all ingredients for the meat loaf.  








Using hands mix the ingredients together until well blended.  Form into 6 mini loaves about the size of your fist and place onto a greased cookie sheet.  


Place in oven and bake for 25 minutes.  In the meantime, combine tomato sauce, brown sugar and Worcheshire sauce in a small bowl and stir until well blended.  Remove mini loaves from oven and pour sauce over each loaf, leaving a little left over in case anyone wants extra while eating.  


Replace mini loaves to oven and bake for 10 more minutes.  Remove from oven and serve with mashed potatoes and green beans.



One Response to “Tasty Tuesday: Barbeque Meatloaf”

  1. Rachel said

    Yay! This was the first beef (at least I think that is how you made it) meatloaf I ever had that I liked! You made it for us at your Bryan house the night Jim announced his new job. I was seriously nervous that I had to eat meatloaf, but I loved it! I have thought about it’s unique flavor ever since when we do a type of meatloaf.

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