A Porch of My Own

A Porch of My Own

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Best Meatloaf Ever

I found this recipe many years ago and it has any other meatloaf I have ever eaten beat! Don't even try to make it without the brown sugar and mustard. You would just have a hamburger. If you've got something against brown sugar, cook something else.

Best Ever Meatloaf

2 pounds of ground beef.
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 bell pepper, chopped
Bread crumbs - I process 2 pieces of bread in processor for this.
Garlic powder
Black pepper
1 egg

Mix together in large bowl.

Pour 1 large can tomato sauce in a small bowl. Add 3/4 to 1 cup brown sugar and approximately 2 tablespoons of plain yellow mustard. Mix together and add all but approximately 1/2 cup to the meat mixture.

Spray pan with no-stick cooking spray. I use a 9 x 13 pan and make 2 small loaves, but you can make 1 large loaf if you prefer. The smaller loaves cook faster. 
Pour the remaining tomato sauce mixture over the meatloaves. If you want, garnish top of each with strips of bell pepper.

Bake at 350 degrees until done, approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours, depending on size of loaves. 

If a lot of liquid accumulates in the pan, you can spoon some of this off during the cooking time. Leave some of it, as it cooks off, and keeps the meatloaf from becoming too dry and burning the bottom of the pan.

Serve with mashed potatoes and English peas!


  1. Just found your blog from face book and am so excited to start here in the beginning..We just found our property of 46 acres and are just ready to take papers to the bank...You being from Texas we are from Ohio...We have wanted property out for many years an look forward to retiring on our hilltop...This recipe is how I make our meatloaf except I never used the brown sugar an mustard...need to try it out...

    1. Jolyn, congratulations on getting your property! You will have many fun times! Thank you for visiting my blog. We used to keep a journal here before I started the blog. Before the internet! Ha! It is nice to look back and see the wildlife we saw and the way we made progress on our dream. You may want to do that also!