Every family has their personal meatloaf recipe. It’s the one you equate with comfort food meals your Mom made when you were a kid. This is one that my Mom made and it’s always been in my personal family recipe notebook. However, I guess I hadn’t made it in a long time because when I recently started using this recipe again everyone reacted like it was something brand new and exciting. So, without further adieu, here is my Mom’s “New” Old BBQ Meatloaf.


For the meatloaf:
2 pounds lean ground beef
4 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 cup ketchup
1 egg, beaten
1 onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup cracker crumbs ( I like to use a butter cracker like Ritz. If I’m making a GF version, I use plain GF bread crumbs.)
1 teaspoon yellow mustard

For the sauce:
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon mustard


Mix all meatloaf ingredients together. Work gently to incorporate all of the ingredients, but don’t overwork. Make a loaf in a 9×13 baking dish, shaping by hand. Try not to pack the mixture too tightly or it will create a dense and tough meatloaf. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Top with the sauce mixture and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

Let stand for about 10 minutes before removing from pan and slicing into serving pieces.

This can be made ahead and reheats well. It is also a freezer friendly dish.


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