This evening I was in the mood to make Barbecue Meatloaf which is basically a meatloaf cooked with barbecue sauce on top. Since most commercially prepared barbecue sauces contain sugar, high fructose corn syrup, etc., I tried making it by using Penzey's Spices "Barbecue of the Americas". The directions say it can be used either as a dry rub or mixed with plain tomato sauce to make barbecue sauce...so that is what I did. The ingredients in their barbecue spice mix are: salt, paprika, allspice, nutmeg, cayenne, black pepper, white pepper, cinnamon, thyme and ginger....WHEW, that's a lot of different spices!!! My review of this barbecue sauce after tasting it is probably a 4 or 5 out of 10. It wasn't awful but it wasn't the flavor I was hoping for and I just didn't care for that combination of spices. Next time I will try making my own barbecue spice combo. Most of Penzey's spice blends are really good -- this is the first one I haven't been crazy about. Despite the "not so awesome" sauce...the meal turned out good.
My meatloaf turned out tender, juicy and good (after scraping the sauce off of it). I made a small meatloaf using ground chicken breast. I added lightly sauteed shallots and Poblano peppers, egg, a little shredded cheddar, splash of olive oil, tomato sauce and couple tablespoons of golden flaxmeal to help hold it together. I served it along with Cheddar Cauliflower Mash
and Roasted Asparagus
that I added a squeeze of fresh Meyer Lemon
juice to before serving to give it just a hint of sweet-tart citrusy flavor. I love Meyer lemons -- and sadly their season is short. For those that don't know what a Meyer lemon is, they're an orange colored lemon that is reportedly a cross between a lemon and mandarin orange. They are extremely fragrant too. I snapped a photo of our meal below. Enjoy!