BBQ bison meatloaf

I love meatloaf.  Never got enough of it as a kid.  My parents, like most parents in the 1950s, weren’t rich and when they first were married my mother made meatloaf with frightening frequency.  So.  We had meatloaf but not as much as I would have liked.

This is a delicious meatloaf that requires a couple of tricks that make the whole thing even more wonderful, especially for bison which is very lean and needs a lower temperature and a shorter cooking time.

Ingredients:
1 lb ground bison
1 carrot, diced small or grated large
1 stalk of celery, diced small or grated large
1 small onion, diced small or grated large
3 medium mushrooms, diced small
2 Tablespoons butter (for frying)
1 large egg, beaten
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons mustard
1/2 cup panko (or bread crumbs or oat meal)

Directions:
1. Thaw the ground bison
2. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.  (Yes, 325.  The lower temperature works best with the bison as it is so lean).
3.  Prepare the carrot, celery, onion, and mushrooms.  Melt the butter in a frying pan and fry the vegetable mixture until just softening. Let cool.
4.  When the vegetables are cool enough to touch, mix into the meat, adding the ketchup, and mustard.  Best to use your hands.
5.  Now add the egg and the panko (or bread crumbs or oatmeal).
6.  When well mixed, place in a baking dish and shape into a loaf.  Your loaf will be soft but should easily be formed into a loaf.IMG_6386
7.  Put in the oven for 30 minutes.
8.  After 30 minutes pour about 1/4 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce on top.  Return to the oven for 45 minutes.  IMG_6396
9.  Serve and enjoy!

I had some leftover, it’s just my husband and I, and the meatloaf was moist and delicious for lunch the next day!

I buy my bison from Buck Wild Bison at the Collingswood Farmers’ Market.  Look up their website.  You can mail order from them.

To round out the meal I made steamed delicata squash mashed with butter and green beans.  And, of course, a sliced Jersey tomato!

Bison – Wild Buck Bison
Carrots – Our Yards Farm (ugly but oh so sweet!)
Onion – A.T. Buzby
Celery – Flaim Farm or Formisano Farm
Mushrooms – Davidson’s Mushrooms
Delicata squash – Flaim Farm
Green beans – Springdale Farm (also available at Hymer Farm, Viereck Farm, Savoie Organic Farm)
Jersey tomatoes –  everywhere!

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