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Classic Meatloaf with a sweet and tangy sauce is the ideal weeknight meal, so comforting and delicious.


Doesn’t this meatloaf look more like fall off the bone ribs than meat loaf?

meatloafMeat & can’t ever go wrong with that combination


meatloafAnd one last shot of the meatloaf smothered in the delicious glaze

Believe it or not, I’ve never made meatloaf before. I don’t think I’ve eaten it more than twice in my life. It was never a staple in our family and I was never craving it enough to make it. However, that changed last week when I started seeing meatloaf popping up all over the interwebs. I suddenly had a crazy craving for meatloaf. Even though I only had it twice in my life, I knew it was very easy to make and it was one of those one-pan dishes that you pop in the oven and wait for the flavors to interact with each other.

I immediately knew I had to make meatloaf that night. There was no way I was going to let go of my cravings. I was very determined! I told Jason that we were having meatloaf and taters that night and what man would oppose to that? He was thrilled — not like he had any other choice for dinner ;)

The meatloaf turned out super moist and tasted A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. I think the sauce was the icing on the meatloaf. It gave it the ultimate taste (sweet & tangy) and it kept it very moist. One thing I’d change (that I noted in the recipe below with the correct amount) is to add tad bit more breadcrumbs. The reason mine ended up falling apart was probably because it was too moist and I needed more breadcrumbs to hold it together. Overall, I’d love to make this again another night. This made so much and we were able to have this 2 nights in a row for leftovers and NOT get sick of it! It’s that good!!


classic meatloaf

LOVE a good meatloaf recipe!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 4 -6
Author: Julie Chiou
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  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 ½ cups plain bread crumbs
  • 1 large onion,, diced
  • 3 stalks of celery,, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic,, minced
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • ¼ cup worcestershire sauce
  • cup milk

For the glaze

  • ¾ cup of ketchup
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
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  • In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the glaze and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a loaf pan with aluminum foil, having 2 flaps hanging out on either side and set aside.
  • In a small skillet, on medium high, saute the onions, celery, and garlic until onions and celery are tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine the wet ingredients: eggs, worcestershire sauce, milk, and half of the pre-made glaze. Mix well.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, bread crumbs, onion mixture, and wet ingredients. Use your hands to mix quickly and evenly distribute all the ingredients.
  • Put the meat mixture into the prepared loaf pan. Press on the loaf, getting into the corners as well, to make sure it's a flat surface.
  • Pour the rest of the glaze on top of the meatloaf.
  • Bake in the oven for one hour.
  • Make use of the oven by roasting potatoes along with the meatloaf :)
  • When meatloaf is done, use the 2 flaps of the aluminum foil to pull out the meatloaf and place on a cutting board. Be careful! Cut into sections and serve with a side of roasted potatoes (or whatever you side you made).


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Recipe Rating


Saturday 13th of February 2021

Recipe, not receipt...

Julie Chiou

Saturday 13th of February 2021

oh, i apologize..i thought you were saying i spelled recipe wrong and i couldn't figure it out. you were talking about your comment below lol...i can change it :)

Julie Chiou

Saturday 13th of February 2021

not sure what you're talking about but okay spelling police


Saturday 13th of February 2021

My son, who has very high standards for someone who doesn't do any cooking, loved this recipe, as did I!

Julie Chiou

Saturday 13th of February 2021

awesome! i'm glad he loved it as did you! sorry for the comment on spelling police..i've had my fair share of people saying stuff so i assumed wrong.

Bob Anderson

Friday 3rd of April 2020

If this is a small meatloaf I would hate to see a large one. No wonder so many people are so fat.

Julie Wampler

Sunday 5th of April 2020

this comment was unnecessary


Friday 3rd of January 2014

I was looking for a new meatloaf recipe and found this on Pinterest. I'm sitting on the couch still basking in the awesomeness of this meatloaf I had for dinner! Thanks for sharing!


Sunday 5th of January 2014

Thanks for the feedback, Alex! So glad you enjoyed this. I haven't made meatloaf in ages - this just reminded me to add it to my menu for next week :)


Wednesday 26th of September 2012

I was so excited to make this last night, but I was less than pleased with the results. :/ I really wanted to like it, but I just couldn't. It was too mushy to resemble meat and the flavors just weren't good. Not to mention that it took an hour and forty minutes to bake and I had to drain off over 1 cup of grease. Now I'm trying to figure out what to do with the leftovers. Oh well. I'm glad the rest of you liked it!