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  • 1 1⁄2lbs ground beef
  • 1cup cracker crumb
  • 1 1⁄4teaspoons salt
  • 1⁄4teaspoon pepper
  • 1large egg, beaten
  • 1medium onion, chopped
  • 1⁄2cup tomato sauce
  • 3⁄4cup ketchup
  • 2tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1cup water
  • 2tablespoons mustard
  • 2tablespoons vinegar


  • Preheat oven 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine ground beef, cracker crumbs, salt, pepper, egg, onion and tomato sauce.
  • Mix lightly.
  • Shape into a loaf and place in a baking dish.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar, water, mustard and vinegar.
  • Brush the loaf with this mixture.
  • Place meat loaf in oven and bake 1 hour and 15 minutes, basting occasionally with sauce.


  • pixie99344

    Just had to let you know that I made this up as meatballs today without the onions, only used half of the water in the sauce and will be serving it for the Superbowl party. I know they will all love it.

  • lizeroo

    This is really great tasting meatloaf. It stays nice and moist also. I baked it in a loaf pan instead of molding it into a loaf shape and I don’t know if that contributed to my having to bake it almost an hour longer than the stated time. The sauce is great but it makes too much for the one loaf, will cut it in half in future. Thanks for posting!

  • Jeff Spiker

    Excellent !!! Best meatloaf I have ever made !! My father-in-law (who is a meatloaf conissieur) absolutely loved it(much to my mother-in-laws dismay. I made two 1 1/2 pound loafs and found the sauce quantity was plenty for both loafs. Definitely will make this one again.

  • Jennifer Wood

    This was a great meatloaf! I loved the sauce but ended up with too much leftover. Next time I will half the sauce or split it up and use half for basting and half for gravy.

  • AngelaTN

    Delicious! Easy to put together, and an excellent flavor! After months of searching, I have finally found a meatloaf recipe both my husband and I agree on! Thank you for sharing it.

  • Blayke Humphrey

    awesome! i love meatloaf, and this is a fabulous recipe. I put a little twist on it though. I spread the mixture onto a baking sheet, and layered swiss cheese and ham slices on it, then rolled it up like a jelly roll and then baked it. Awesome!

  • patty m

    i’ve never been a big fan of meatloaf, but this was fantastic!

  • Laudee

    Now, here’s a winner! This meatloaf is very tasty and moist and makes plenty. Bet tomorrow it’ll make dandy sandwiches! Followed your directions right down the line, and it came out just fine. We enjoyed every bite! Thanks a bunch for sharing. Laudee C.

  • donnie27

    Oh, how did it happen that I forgot to review this recipe !! I absolutely LOVE this meatloaf and my daughter now makes it as her favorite too! The aroma in the house is so great…you will hardly be able to wait for it to finish baking. The only thing that I do differently is add some sliced celery which I like in meatloaf. I usually make two smaller loaves from the recipe because my husband doesn’t care for the crunch of onions, so I just form his and add the onions and celery to the second loaf. I am so glad I was planning to make this again and noticed I had not reviewed it. Thanks Rosemary for a great recipe. Donna I might add, after reading some reviews, that I cook mine on a broiler pan. The extra grease drips away, and the meatloaf is not at all mushy or watery.

  • Bonnie LaBrake

    This recipe was awesome!!!! My family loved it, and we are not big meatloaf eaters. Very tasty and easy to make. Thank you for posting it!!!!