DJ BBQ's world's best meatloaf

Serves 8

  • 1 large onion

  • 1 green pepper, deseeded

  • 1 medium carrot, peeled

  • 400 g beef mince

  • 400 g higher-welfare pork mince

  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled and crushed

  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning, or 2 fresh bay leaves, crushed

  • 2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 100 g stale breadcrumbs

  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 large free-range eggs

  • 150 g Cheddar cheese, optional

  • For the sauce

  • 100 ml BBQ sauce

  • 50 ml tomato ketchup

  • Tabasco sauce

  • chili sauce

Set up your barbecue for the heat canyon technique (place the coals on opposite sides of the barbecue to make two heat walls – this will create sections of hot, direct heat on the sides, with an indirect, cooler area in the middle to ensure your meat gets consistent heat throughout the cook). Place a drip tray inside the middle of the barbecue. Cover with the lid and allow to heat up like an outdoor oven – you want a temperature of around 160°C/320°F.



To make your sauce, combine the BBQ sauce and ketchup with a few drops each of Tabasco and chilli sauce, then set aside. Finely dice the onion, pepper and carrot, then put into a large bowl with all the mince, the garlic, bay, Worcestershire sauce, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper. Beat the eggs and add to the mixture, then use your hands to scrunch and mix it all together. Grate in half the cheese (if using), and scrunch to combine.



Remove the mixture to a clean work surface and shape into a rectangular loaf (roughly 25cm in length). Using the handle of a wooden spoon, make four diagonal indents (roughly 1cm deep) into the top of the loaf at 3cm intervals, then pour over half the sauce. Place the meatloaf on a big piece of tin foil or in an old roasting tray, then place on the middle of the barbecue. Cover with the lid and cook for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes, or until cooked through. Grate and sprinkle over the remaining cheese (if using), and continue cooking for a minute or so with the lid on, until melted. Remove to a board to rest for around 10 minutes, then slice it up and serve drizzled with the remaining sauce. Cheers, Grandma!

Nutritional Information

DJ BBQ's world's best meatloaf

With a spicy barbecue sauce

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Handed down by generations, this easy meatloaf recipe is simply unbeatable
Serves 8
1h 50m
Not too tricky
Method

Set up your barbecue for the heat canyon technique (place the coals on opposite sides of the barbecue to make two heat walls – this will create sections of hot, direct heat on the sides, with an indirect, cooler area in the middle to ensure your meat gets consistent heat throughout the cook). Place a drip tray inside the middle of the barbecue. Cover with the lid and allow to heat up like an outdoor oven – you want a temperature of around 160°C/320°F.

To make your sauce, combine the BBQ sauce and ketchup with a few drops each of Tabasco and chilli sauce, then set aside. Finely dice the onion, pepper and carrot, then put into a large bowl with all the mince, the garlic, bay, Worcestershire sauce, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper. Beat the eggs and add to the mixture, then use your hands to scrunch and mix it all together. Grate in half the cheese (if using), and scrunch to combine.

Remove the mixture to a clean work surface and shape into a rectangular loaf (roughly 25cm in length). Using the handle of a wooden spoon, make four diagonal indents (roughly 1cm deep) into the top of the loaf at 3cm intervals, then pour over half the sauce. Place the meatloaf on a big piece of tin foil or in an old roasting tray, then place on the middle of the barbecue. Cover with the lid and cook for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes, or until cooked through. Grate and sprinkle over the remaining cheese (if using), and continue cooking for a minute or so with the lid on, until melted. Remove to a board to rest for around 10 minutes, then slice it up and serve drizzled with the remaining sauce. Cheers, Grandma!

Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 331
    17%
  • Carbs 8.7g
    3%
  • Sugar 7.7g 9%
  • Fat 21.3g 30%
  • Saturates 9.8g 49%
  • Protein 26.9g 60%
Of an adult's reference intake

BUYING SUSTAINABLY SOURCED FISH

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Buying sustainably sourced fish means buying fish that has been caught without endangering the levels of fish stocks and with the protection of the environment in mind. Wild fish caught in areas where stocks are plentiful are sustainably sourced, as are farmed fish that are reared on farms proven to cause no harm to surrounding seas and shores.

When buying either wild or farmed fish, ask whether it is sustainably sourced. If you're unable to obtain this information, don't be afraid to shop elsewhere – only by shopping sustainably can we be sure that the fantastic selection of fish we enjoy today will be around for future generations.

For further information about sustainably sourced fish, please refer to the useful links below:

Marine Stewardship Council
http://www.msc.org/

Fish Online
http://www.fishonline.org

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