Saturday, January 9, 2010

Paula Deen's Lean: Barbecue Meatloaf

Meatloaf is not a meal that I absolutely flip over, but it does just hit the spot every now and then. I remember growing up and being so disappointed to find out that we were having meatloaf for dinner. "Yuk! Why meatloaf?" As years have passed, it really isn't as bad as I remember it being (no offense Mom). And now that I am the one doing the cooking, I can really appreciate how easy it is to throw one together.

This recipe adds a little kick to the traditional meatloaf you are probably used to. The following is my take on Paula Deen's Barbecue Meatloaf.

Serves 6

1 1/2 pounds 93/7 ground beef

1 cup oatmeal

1 onion, diced

1/4 cup egg beaters 

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

2 (8-ounce) cans tomato sauce

3 tablespoons vinegar

3 tablespoons SPLENDA brown sugar

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1/2 cup water, to thin sauce if necessary


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix together the beef, oatmeal, onion, egg, salt, pepper, and 1/2 cup of the tomato sauce. Form this mixture into a loaf and place it in a shallow pan. Stir together the remaining tomato sauce, vinegar, SPLENDA brown sugar, mustard, Worcestershire and the water (if too thick). Pour this sauce over the meatloaf. Bake for 1 hour, basting every 15 minutes with the pan juices.

Paula also suggests serving a slice of this on a bun with mayo; light mayo, of course.


The pictures do not give this dish justice. It is really good! Never had I put barbecue and meatloaf together, but it is a great combination. The major change made to this recipe was to use oatmeal instead of bread crumbs. Oatmeal is a healthy source of fiber that also packs in important vitamins such as vitamin E, Zinc and Iron. It is a smart substitute to bread.
My only suggestion when using this recipe would be to add the 1/2 cup of water that the recipe calls for. When I mixed mine together, the consistency was similar to barbecue sauce, which I thought would be best. However, since you are using this to baste for an hour, you need something a little thinner. Next time, I am going to mix up some extra sauce for serving. I can't help it....I'm a dipper!


NUTRITION FACTS (per serving): 274 calories;  9g fat;  22g carbohydrate;  25.5g protein;  3g fiber


  1. LOL! Yeah, the picture isn't fab, but I have never really seen a good picture of meatloaf. Kind of an oxy moron. But this recipe looks great!!

  2. I have made this meatloaf on several occasions. My husband loves it. I've made it with both the oatmeal and the fresh bread crumbs. My husband prefers it with bread crumbs, but I don't eat gluten, so I usualy end up making 2 so I can have mine with oatmeal. I always use my magic bullet to grind my oatmeal a little. It sure doesn't look pretty, but that sauce is wonderful!

  3. great time for this... I needed a meatloaf with oats recipe

  4. Haha! I can remember having the same feelings about meatloaf as a child. I wonder why? Its not that much different than a hamburger patty, maybe its the intimidating "loaf"
    Anyways, great recipe!

  5. That looks good! All seven of my kids love it when I make her bacon cheeseburger meatloaf. Stopping by from sits!

  6. The meatloaf sounds really good. A great way to enjoy an American classic without all the fat and calories. Way to go!

  7. Popped in from Sarah's! I'm so glad you posted this. I've been wanting to try it for ages and been too scared...this looks perfect! I'll be back!



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