Friday, August 10, 2012

BBQ Chicken Meatloaf

**I just found this in my drafts.  I seem to have no picture of the meal, but seem to have really liked it!**

Do you like watching food television?  Who's your favorite celebrity chef?

I feel like the Neely's can be hit or miss.  I've never before made any of their food, though it almost always looks so good on tv (and boy, do they seem nuts about their food!), but when Lauren raved about it, onto the meal plan it went.

This was outstanding.  I chose a bottled BBQ sauce, though the Neely's give a homemade version--maybe someday.  Since the BBQ sauce is so forward, it's important to choose a good one.  I used Bulls Eye Memphis Style.  I'm not sure what makes it Memphis Style, but it was an awesome choice in this recipe.

We all liked this one.  I like that the red pepper adds flavor, crunch, and the idea that it's a little bit healthy because, heck, it's veggie!, never mind that it's slathered in a bottle of BBQ sauce veggie...

BBQ Turkey Meatloaf, courtesy of The Neely's via Lauren.


  • 1 tablespoon Neelys' BBQ Seasoning, recipe follows (I used a pinch of paprika, a pinch of sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon crab boil seasoning, (recommended: Old Bay)
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups BBQ Sauce, reserving 1/2 cup for the top (this was a bottle's worth)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 pounds lean ground turkey (I used ground chicken)
  • 1 1/2 cups bread crumbs


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, mix BBQ seasoning, crab boil seasoning, soy sauce, beaten egg, 1 cup of the BBQ sauce and Worcestershire sauce.
In a saute pan over medium-high heat, add olive oil. Add onion, bell pepper, salt and pepper and garlic. Saute until tender. Remove from heat and add to wet mix.
Pour mixture into bowl with the ground turkey. Add bread crumbs and mix all together with your hands.
Transfer the meat mixture to a cookie sheet or baking pan. Using your hands, shape the meat into an oblong or rectangular shape. *Cook's Note: Alternately, you can pat the meat into a 9 by 5-inch loaf pan and pour 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce on the top of the loaf.
Bake for 35 minutes. Remove and add the reserved 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce to the top and continue to bake for 20 more minutes.

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