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Brown Sugar Meatloaf

Really? Meatloaf? Actually this is really good! We usually have it a few times a month. Super easy too!

1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup ketchup
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef {I use 1 pound}
3/4 cup milk
2 eggs {I only use 1 egg}
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 small onion, chopped
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 cup finely crushed saltine cracker crumbs {I usually use pretzels, I never seem to buy saltines}


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 5x9 inch loaf pan.
2. Press the brown sugar in the bottom of the prepared loaf pan and spread the ketchup over the sugar.
3. In a mixing bowl, mix thoroughly all remaining ingredients and shape into a loaf. Place on top of the ketchup.
4. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour or until juices are clear.


What's for Dinner tonight in your house?


  1. Wait... people make meatloaf without brown sugar? Lol j/k. Though I think it must be a southern thing. We always made ours this way. Sooo yummy!

  2. I saw this on your mealplan earlier this week and wondered what it was. Thanks for sharing. I've never had brown sugar on my meatloaf!

  3. I do something similar.... I do the ketchup and brown sugar for on the top but don't put it on till the last 15 minutes or so of baking. Meatloaf sounds so good right now but I already have chicken thawed. Its chicken breast with mushroom gravy, mashed taters and steamed broccoli here tonight.


  4. Oh my gosh, I love this. I'm like Debbie and I put it on the top. Loooooooove it!

  5. I'll have to try it like that! I always mix the brown sugar with the ketchup and put it on top of the meatloaf - so good!


  6. Wow! How fortuitous is it that I came over today to check out your blog and I am making meatloaf tonight????

    So going to try your recipe! Thanks for stopping by and for following me. I am also stalking...ooops following you as well.

    Love your blog.

  7. What a great blog you have here! I'm so glad you stopped by mine :)

    I'm following you now as well and I can't wait to read more of your posts. I, too, live in Idaho! Small world, huh? It's great to meet you!

  8. I'm another one of those that mixes brown sugar with ketchup (and a little mustard) and puts it on top of the meatloaf.
    I'm pretty sure it's a southern thing because my mom lives in michigan where i grew up *many, many years ago* and she does NOT like my meatloafl...."too sweet".
    That's nuts. It's perfect.

    I'm anxious to try yours and plan on having it next week. Thanks for sharing!!

  9. Hi Brandi! This sounds so yummy! I've been reading all of your posts lately, but for some reason keep getting booted off when I try to comment (crossing fingers now...). Hope you have a happy Easter!

  10. hey Brandi-
    Thanks for popping in over at my blog! I think I've actually stumbled over yours' before and have been dying to try your tortilla recipe!
    I'll be back!

  11. New follow from Friday follow. Hope to see you drop in over @ A Penny Saved. Have a great weekend.

    Jen @ A Penny Saved

  12. Oh yummmi,. I wanna try it like this.

    I am your newest follower.
    Please come by

  13. Yummmy! I never know what's going to end up in my meatloaf-it's a surprise every time (LOL). I'm stopping by to be your newest follower from Friday follow. Yes, it's the middle of the night-that's when my 4 kiddos sleep-LOL. Hope you can come follow my blog!

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  15. What a great blog! I love meatloaf and thanks so much for the great new way of making it. I am a new follower from Friday Follow so glad to have found you! Have a wonderful weekend!


  16. This sounds really good. Hope to try it tonight. I am a new follower. Thanks for sharing.

  17. I make a meatloaf very similar to that. It is sooo good!

    New follower here from Friday Follow.


  18. I'm your newest follower, I found you through Friday follow!

    Will you will come check my blog out as well?

    Have a great weekend!

  19. I LOVE meatloaf and I'm always on the lookout for a new recipe - good one!

    Found you through Follow Me Fridays at the Trendy Treehouse, glad I did. I'm your newest follower :-)

  20. Oooh! Yummy - sounds delish! I think that might be just the thing my meatloaf needs! Thanks for the tip!

  21. Came from FF.

    That recipe looks great!

  22. Hi! I found your blog through Friday Follow. Hope you have a lovely Easter weekend!

  23. Hi..Thanks for hosting a great party!! I'm new to this but have found such wonderful people doing these parties & link ups. I wish the rest of the world could be as uplifting & supportive to each other as I have experienced here. Have a Great Day!! Barb
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    …..Hope you will join up, too.

  24. I've never put brown sugar in or on meatloaf before. I'll have to try it.

    I'm visiting (and following you) from Friday Follow.

  25. While I think that sounds damn good I think my kids would flip ... they have been spoiled by chicken nuggets lately- oh, and pizza too ... Perhaps that's a clue to myself to make something new! Happy belated Friday Follow- stop by my place when you can!

  26. That sounds so delicious! I love to make meatloaf, but I've never tried with brown sugar. My kids could eat meatloaf for days if they were able to! :)

    Stopping by from Friday Follow!! :) Hope you have a great spring holiday weekend. Stop by our blog as well! We have some great stuff going on with giveaways!

  27. Hi...So glad you stopped by my blog from Friday Follow....I'm following you back now. This recipe for meatloaf sounds some of your other commenters I have mixed it in with ketchup and put it on top, but never in the actual recipe...definitely have to try this. I've been enjoying myself browsing around your blog a bit too and I've just got to try your hamburger bun recipe. I have one which is good but it is from the Make a Mix cookbooks and first you have to make the's just too bad if you're out of mix and want to make some. :) Anyway, this sounds like a really good stand alone recipe when I want it! Your photos make them look heavently! Hope you have a lovely Easter weekend!
    Elaine :)


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