Barbecued Meatloaves

barbecue meatloaves

Husband and I will have been married 19 years this fall. I’ve made a LOT of meals in those 19 years, but it occurred to me that, somehow, I had never, ever, made him one of my favorites from childhood.

Many of my best meals and memories involved Dad at the grill. And not just any old grill – a charcoal grill he had built himself – out of an old steel drum and various other parts.

BBQ sauce Dad

That’s Dad on the left, with the grill he made himself. That’s “Pop” on the right. And yes, that is his “casual look” for a BBQ. And I’m pretty sure that’s his signature White Horse Scotch he’s enjoying.

bbq2 dad

Same pose, different grill. And yet another fabulous barbecued meal.


While I was ALWAYS interested in what was coming off the grill growing up, I was never interested in learning to grill. It was intimidating to me.

Several years ago though, we took the plunge and bought a gas grill. Once home, I was surprised to learn that a grill had to be assembled. Husband assured me he would take care of it, and he did. He and a neighbor put the thing together in our LIVING ROOM. {The lighting was better?!}.

I wonder if Dad would have thought a gas model was blasphemous. I know he would have grinned the first time I opened the lid of a super hot grill – the intense heat instantly melted my mascara and momentarily sealed my eyes shut. I could almost hear him say “Bet you won’t do that again…!”

These days, though, it’s safe to say that I’m the master of the grill in our house. And I think of Dad every time I fire it up.

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Barbecued Meatloaves
  • 2 slightly beaten eggs
  • 21/2 pounds ground turkey {you can use beef if you prefer}
  • 2 cups soft bread crumbs or panko
  • ¾ cup minced onion
  • 2 Tbs prepared horseradish
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • ¼ cup milk
  • Barbecue Sauce
  1. Combine all ingredients and mix well.
  2. Shape into 7 meatloaves.
  3. Prepare grill to medium high.
  4. Brush loaves with barbecue sauce and grill about 20 minutes. Turn and continue cooking for 15 minutes or until done, basting with sauce.


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6 Responses to Barbecued Meatloaves

  1. Dianne Guinn June 10, 2015 at 9:32 am #

    Nice to see photos of your dad at his grill. I have never made mini meatloaves on the grill before but will be trying out this recipe. It was so nice and fun meeting you and John last week. Thanks again!

    FYI: The “prairie playground” has been mowed.


    • Morgan Wood June 11, 2015 at 10:26 am #

      Dianne, if you don’t get to them before I’m in town next, we’ll fire up the grill and make them!

      • Dianne July 15, 2015 at 2:48 pm #

        I did make the meatloaves a few weeks back and loved them and the bbq sauce. May have to try out the avocado brownies next.

  2. Amanda June 26, 2015 at 1:31 pm #

    Your blog is fantastic. The way you incorporate family memories and pictures into your recipes is so unique and really touching. It’s always nice to share a memory for all to see and keep in touch with your roots. Would you be interested in teaming up with Chicory and becoming a recipe partner? We would love to work with you. Have a nice day!

    • Morgan Wood June 29, 2015 at 10:05 am #

      Hi Amanda! Thanks for the kind words – I took a quick look at Chicory {beautiful site} and would love to learn more about teaming up and what that involves.

      • Amanda June 29, 2015 at 12:55 pm #

        Glad you liked our website! Always nice to hear :) If you could send me an email at amanda[at]chicory[.]co I would be glad to send you more information.

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