Turkey Meatloaf with Homemade Barbecue Sauce
Turkey Meatloaf with Homemade Barbecue Sauce is juicy and super moist from a surprise ingredient — rolled oats! It’s topped off with a tangy homemade barbecue sauce for a flavorful meatloaf that’s nothing like the one your mom used to make!
Yes, you saw that right….meatloaf. Maybe you’re not too excited about that because you still have nightmares from your mother’s horrible meatloaf? No offense to my mom, but I wasn’t a huge fan. Let’s go a bit further and say that when I was a kid, I used to wrap my meatloaf up in my napkin at dinner and throw it away, until the day I got caught and had to eat squished up meatloaf out of a napkin.
Can you believe the horror?
It was traumatic, and it’s no wonder I didn’t eat meatloaf again until after I got married because my husband loved it. He would eat it at Boston Market all the time when we met and I turned up my nose big time. No way, no how was I eating that stuff.
I finally came around and started making my own with ground turkey, which was something I liked a lot more than ground beef. Yes…I could handle that. Bear in mind that I wasn’t the best cook back then by any means, so my meatloaf was less than stellar. 🙂
Years ago I found a recipe for Pioneer Woman’s Comfort Meatballs in a magazine before she had her Food Network show. I learned something huge from that recipe — rolled oats and milk make the moistest meatballs. Since meatballs are pretty high maintenance with the rolling and frying, I don’t make them too often. I decided to adapt a meatloaf from the meatball recipe, which was a huge success. Who knew my favorite breakfast oats would be like meatloaf superheroes? Truly they are, and over the years I’ve modified this recipe and made it completely my own. It’s even a family favorite…go figure. 🙂
I originally posted this recipe back in June of 2013, and I decided that I needed to do a re-post since it went largely unnoticed back then due to photos that didn’t really do it justice. I also have more readers, and I thought if my family loves it, maybe yours will too.
Let’s make meatloaf a thing again, shall we? 🙂
Because there are oats in this meatloaf, the meat mixture needs some time in the fridge so that the oats can soften. We’re only talking 30 minutes or so, and you can even leave it in there for a few hours before you bake it off, too.
Make the sauce while the meatloaf is in the oven for the first 20 minutes, then spoon all of it over the top and bake for another 20 minutes or until done. Then remove it from the oven, slice it, serve it, and watch as it gets devoured. Because it will!
This Turkey Meatloaf with Homemade Barbecue Sauce will make you a meatloaf believer. And if you’re already a fan of meatloaf, this will definitely be a great addition to your meal rotation. It’s moist, juicy, and flavorful, and that tangy sauce is the perfect way to top it all off.
It’s healthy meatloaf perfection. 🙂
- 1 lb. lean ground turkey
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- ½ cup milk
- ½ cup old fashioned rolled oats
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ½ cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1½ tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon liquid smoke
- ¼ teaspoon dry mustard powder
- pinch cayenne pepper
- salt, to taste
- Place the ground turkey, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, milk, oats, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Using your hands, gently mix the ingredients together just until incorporated. Cover with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for at least 30-45 minutes until the oats soften.*
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a meatloaf pan with cooking spray, or line a large rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place the meat mixture into the meatloaf pan, or form it into the size of a standard size loaf pan on the baking sheet. Place on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
- Place all sauce ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together. When the meatloaf has baked 20 minutes, spread the sauce over the top and bake 20 minutes more, or until a meat thermometer registers 165-180 degrees. Place on a serving platter, slice, and enjoy!
Recipe by Flavor the Moments (inspired by Pioneer Woman's Comfort Meatballs).