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BBQ Meatloaf

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Serves 4-6 | Prep Time 15 minutes | Cook Time 60 minutes


1.25-1.5 pounds ground beef or turkey
1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1 tsp onion powder
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
pinch red pepper flakes
pinch cayenne pepper
1 - 14oz cans tomato sauce
3 tablespoons white vinegar
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat an 11x7 baking dish with cooking spray.

Mix together the beef or turkey, bread crumbs, onion powder, egg, salt, pepper, and 1/2 c. of the tomato sauce. Form mixture into a loaf and place into prepared baking dish.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the rest of the tomato sauce, vinegar, sugar, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Pour the sauce over the meatloaf.

Bake for 1 hour, basting every 15 minutes or so with the pan juices.

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When we were first married, meatloaf was a staple meal for my wife and I. That said, we never hit on a recipe that we really liked, so meatloaf fell out of rotation for a long time. As we switched from ground beef to ground turkey as our main, regular, protein, we looked for recipes again, but it wasn't until a year or so ago that we happened across this recipe. Our first attempt worked well and it was quickly added into the regular rotation of meals in the house.

The plentiful sauce means it works well with ground turkey, which can have issues with dryness when making a meatloaf. The BBQ sauce helps everything stay moist and provides a nice sauce with the finished dish, as well.

Published as part of Recipes in Rotation on My Word with Douglas E. Welch (

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