Monday, January 10, 2011

Sweet Barbecue Meat Loaf


 Hubs came home the other night with a pound of extra lean ground beef. Do you think maybe it was his way of hinting that he needed a break from the mainly vegetarian fare I've been dishing up lately? While red meat isn't exactly the first thing I think of as being on a heart healthy diet, hubby's cardiologist actually gave it his blessing. Who knew? I found this recipe for meatloaf  (in the American Heart Association Cookbook) that I spiced up just a bit to incorporate ingredients I had on hand.

 The original recipe makes a meatloaf glazed with barbecue sauce, raspberry spread and crushed red pepper flakes. I substituted my Habañero Gold Jelly for the raspberry spread and pepper flakes, and ended up with a sweet spicy glaze that gave the red pepper and onion studded ground beef just enough zip to make it a treat. It was great hot for dinner, but what I'm looking forward to are the meatloaf sandwiches I can make with the leftovers!

Sweet Barbecue Meat Loaf
adapted from The New American Heart Association Cookbook, 8th edition
1/2 cup barbecue sauce (lowest sodium available)
1/4 cup habanero gold jelly* slightly melted
1 pound extra lean ground beef
1/2 medium red bell pepper, finely chopped
1/2 medium sweet onion, finely chopped
1/3 cup uncooked quick-cooking oatmeal
2 egg whites
*the original recipe calls for 1/4 cup all-fruit raspberry spread plus 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 375°F. 
  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Lightly spray with cooking spray.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the barbecue sauce and jelly.
  • In a medium bowl, combine 1/4 cup barbecue sauce mixture and the remaining ingredients. Shape the mixture into an oval and place on baking sheet.
  • Spoon the remaining barbecue sauce mixture on the top and sides of the meat loaf.
  • Bake for 50 minutes, or until the meat loaf registers 160°F on an instant-read thermometer. Let the meat loaf stand for 5-10 minutes before serving.

This post has been submitted to the Hearth-n-Soul blog hop at Girlichef.

    57 comments:

    1. Barbecue meatloaf, oooh! I've never had such a thing, but I'm absolutely drooling over your photo. Thank you for sharing this delicious spin on a favorite classic. I'll have to try it soon!

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    2. The sticky glaze make this meat loaf so finger licking good. Got to try this recipe.

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    3. wow this is one sexy looking meatloaf! The photo just makes me salivate!

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    4. I guess that is a direct hint, alright! Looks delicious. All the flavours in one chunky bite! Yes, would definitely make a great sandwich!

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    5. I think this sounds sooo delicious!! The addition of the pepper jelly is awesome!

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    6. This sounds very good! I usually make Paula Deen's recipe, but don't think we'll find that one endorsed by the Heart Association:@)

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    7. This does look good. I love bbq flavors.

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    8. Oh my gosh, habañero gold jelly!? Yum! Sometimes a man (or woman, honestly) just needs some meat, LOL. I think this sounds excellent and I bet it satisfied that need for iron. So happy that you shared it w/ the hearth and soul hop this week :D

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    9. This is drop dead gorgeous, my husband would die of joy for it...very nice

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    10. This Meatloaf looks so delicious! I would like to invite you to bring a dish to my Full Plate Thursday. Thank you for sharing and you have a great week!

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    11. Happy New Year
      Absolutely delicious dish.
      Lovely click ♥

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    12. This looks delicious and I love that sweet and spicy glaze! This would be a huge hit in my house!

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    13. You took two wonderful home comfort foods and put them together. Bless your heart! That's just genius. Love that glaze. And with heated pepper jelly. Mmmm. I'd dig into that.

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    14. Hehe my husband did the same with some fruit when he was getting tired of all of the cakes and baked goods! This meatloaf looks amazingly good and the fact that it is heart approved is even better! :D

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    15. Mmmm...love this meatloaf. With some salad I will be one happy woman :D

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    16. Hmm.. that jelly sounds GOOD! Looks delish too!

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    17. oh my bbq meatloaf sounds just delish right about now. thank you for sharing this:)

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    18. i am not a buge fan of meatloaf, but this has my mouth watering! looks amazing!

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    19. ....now i know what i am making for dinner tonight

      :-)

      kary and teddy

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    20. I LOVE the sound of that glaze!!

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    21. I love that this is a heart healthy meatloaf recipe!

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    22. Wow, this meatloaf looks delicious, and I love love the word sweet :-)

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    23. I never glaze my meatloaves but you have inspired me - the sweet and spiciness of your glaze sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing this with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop!

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    24. I enjoy cooking with extra lean ground beef. It tastes so much cleaner than the fatty kind. I love bbq sauce so I bet this meatloaf would hit the spot! I also enjoyed seeing oatmeal in the recipe. I hope you are having a happy day. Stay warm and keep on enjoying all that is beautiful and tasty!

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    25. I think every moderation is okay, especially if you're using extra lean beef! I love the glaze you put on top of that meatloaf. Not-your-momma's version for sure! (and that's a good thing in the case of my momma)

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    26. LOVE this recipe! The habanero gold jelly just puts it over the top for me, and I love that you use oatmeal instead of breadcrumbs!

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    27. This sounds so delicious! I LOVE meatloaf! This one sounds great : )

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    28. I love and good meatloaf, and this sounds delightful!

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    29. Although I am admiring the meatloaf, my mouth is watering over the mushroom soup. That will have to be my choice, it looks fantastic. I love it when I have it at restaurants but can't believe I have never made it myself. This winter would be the time.

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    30. Your meat loaf looks yummy -- there is nothing more comfort food than meatloaf!

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    31. Nothing wrong with a break from your vegetarian meals...and this meatloaf looks pretty healthy to me. The habanero jelly glaze looks fabulous!

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    32. Ha ha , ur hub sure has a wonderful way of hinting or not:-)

      Ur subs gave u a truly wonderfully delicous glaze + this comes with the stamp of good health:-)
      Couldn get any better and i feel myself reaching out for some:-)

      Im so looking at the leftover options too:-)

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    33. I am so due to make a good meatloaf and your recipe sounds and looks great. I have a pound of extra lean ground beef calling me from the freezer. Love a meatloaf sandwich the next day.

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    34. This wounds wonderful. I love idea of the sweet and spicy jelly. Your husband must have been thrilled. I know mine would be:)

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    35. I make meatloaf so many ways and yet, I never really thought of putting a sweet type sauce with it...hmmm.
      Betty, yours looks like I'd wish you have another place setting at your table ;O)

      Flavourful wishes,
      Claudia

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    36. I am a huge fan of meatloaf and yours looks delicious. I think it is a dish that takes us all back to our mother's kitchens. It's always comforting. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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    37. For some reason I can't do beef these days. I still make beef recipes for my husband so he won't leave me...totally kidding! I'm thinking I'll try this with ground turkey. :)

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    38. This sounds so tasty! I am not a huge fan of red meat either, but every once in a while I do have a little. This sounds like a great way to eat it!

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    39. My husband hints at his need for red meat in our diet now and again too. Holding onto this recipe for the next time he does so! Thanks :)

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    40. As with anything, moderation is the key, not elimination. There is nothing more satisfying than meat loaf and I love your idea of using the habanero gold jelly on it!

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    41. That topping sounds so much better than the regular ketchup sauce I always use for my meatloaf.

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    42. Wow, this looks like real comfort food, any leftovers for a sandwich? It's good to cut back on meat but I still need my fix once in awhile:-)

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    43. oh this looks great so hubby was a happy camper :-)
      Rebecca

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    44. for me, meat loaf is all about the sauce on top, and i LOVE the idea of a sweet, fruity preserve getting into the game. great recipe!

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    45. I love your healthy take on the meatloaf with the egg whites and the oats. The pepper jelly and the barbecue sauce gives it a beautiful glaze and flavor.

      I really enjoyed browsing through your previous beautiful posts, so I am following your blog. I invite you to do the same. Would like to stay in touch.

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    46. Sweet baby meatloaf! I'm drooling all over my keyboard. This looks amazing.

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    47. This recipe looks phenomenal! Even though I'm a vegetarian, I must admit that sometimes I still crave my mom's meatloaf :) I'll tell you what I've found that works though--Morningstar "crumbles" which are like crumbled ground beef. I've used them to make Rachael Ray's Cheeseburger Meatloaf, it turned out great! I love the use of barbeque sauce on your recipe though. Thanks for sharing!

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    48. We love meatloaf, and I will be trying this version for sure!

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    49. I received some very intriguing red pepper jelly from a long-time Texan for Christmas... Thinking I will break it out and give this meatloaf a try!!! Here's to happy healthy hearts in 2011!

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    50. What an amazing glaze, this is one kicked up meat loaf :)

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    51. Hmm, is it really true that meat is good for your heart? Then I have been really healthy lately!! ; )

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    52. This meatloaf is comforting and delicious! I love the jelly flavor you chose to use. I bet it tasted incredible. ;)

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    53. Looks good, though I'm not a spicy flavors type, so I'll pass on the habenero jelly! =D

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    54. Meatloaf is at the top of my comfort food list. I agree that the sandwiches are the best part. Using pepper jelly in the glaze is a wonderful idea.

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