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Meatloaf with Blackberry Barbecue Sauce

By Dax Phillips • 19 Comments

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A&M say: Daxphillips’s meatloaf hews closely to tradition, relying on the classic triumvirate of ground veal, beef and pork; a little bread and milk; garlic, onion and Worcestershire sauce. All are thoughtfully balanced, producing a savory, light-textured loaf. The standout here is the sauce, whose garlic, ginger and cayenne make sparks fly around the berries. You’ll want to eat the sauce by the spoonful – enjoy the snap of the blackberry seeds! A couple of pointers: we halved the spices because we’re wimps. Start with half and adjust to your taste. And don’t opt for lean meats unless you want a dry loaf. – A&M

Dax Phillips says: I am not going to beat around the bush on this one, but this meatloaf is the best, seriously. Growing up, I was never one for the meatloaf. I mean, what is the meatloaf anyway but a bread pan full of meat with ketchup slathered on top, a mix of vegetables, and breadcrumbs, right? Having grown, I have learned to love the meatloaf, in particular, the one I am going to discuss below. If you are truly looking for comfort, then come on in.

Serves 6

Ingredients for the Meatloaf

  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 pound ground veal
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 3 cloves of fresh garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cups milk
  • 3 pieces of white bread, crust removed, torn into small pieces

For the Blackberry Barbecue Sauce

  • 2 small onions, peeled, and quartered
  • 2 cloves of garlic, rough chop
  • 2 cups blackberries, thawed (if using frozen)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • generous pinch of salt
  • generous pinch of black pepper
  1. Making the Sauce: Add the above ingredients to a blender, and puree until nice and smooth. Add this to a small pot, and cook on medium to low heat for about 20 minutes. Stir, and remove from the heat. When you make the meatloaf, add the sauce to the top before baking, and spread on the plate before serving.
  2. First preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine all of your ingredients, with the exception of the bbq sauce. Get in there, get dirty and greasy from the meat. Once combined, add to your bread/loaf pan which is typically 5×9. Shape into the pan, then add your sauce to the top, roughly a half cup. Place in the oven for nearly one hour and 25 minutes.
  3. Once cooked, remove from the oven and let it cool for roughly five minutes. In the meantime, warm up more of the bbq sauce. Remove the loaf to a serving dish, and drizzle the sauce on the top. Serve with your favorite sides. I served mine with mashed potatoes. Trust me, this one is really delicious.
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22 days ago Urban Dubois

Has anyone tried this with baby back ribs?

about 1 month ago Urban Dubois

I made this last week and it is exceptionally delicious. Frankly addictive is more precise. I must admit I was skeptical the entire way through but when that sauce cooks in the oven it is really transformed. I am curious if you have tried this with pork or other meets or fish for that matter, maybe salmon? Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.
Thanks for sharing

2 months ago lynx60489

I made this recipe for dinner yesterday and it was a slam dunk. I used equal parts veal and ground beef as my boyfriend does not eat pork and it was the best meatloaf I have ever eaten. I do agree with the suggestion in the A&M section to halve the spices in the blackberry sauce. I generally love spicy food but the ginger/cayenne combo was a bit much for me and I would prefer a slightly more mild sauce.

I served this with sauteed spinach and Michel Guerard's celeriac puree and it was a terrific meal. The celeriac puree was a delicious and healthy alternative to mashed potatoes (link for recipe below). Will be eating the leftovers for dinner tonight!

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about 1 year ago debplusthree

I made this today, it was not only the best meatloaf I have ever had, it was fun to cook too! I am still finding blurbs of the beautiful blackberry barbecue sauce all over my tiny kitchen :) My 11 year old told me that it was amazing as well and I didn't even hold back on the spices! Thank you so much.

over 1 year ago koreanist

Amanda, shindig, nomnivorous, thank you -- they all sound just great. I'll try the one I can find the fruit for -- don't want any one of you to think I didn't like yours!

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