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Old Fashioned Meat Loaf

Well, it has been another 10 years since I made this. My husband loves meatloaf! Now I, on the other hand, hate meatloaf. We just celebrated our 50 th wedding anniversary. For the fifth time in those 50 years, I broke down and made him meatloaf. I used this easy recipe again but changed it a bit (see notes). Maybe I will make it again in another 10 years, or I just might make this again for his birthday (probably not – LOL).


Old Fashioned Meatloaf

1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil or Butter

1 Medium Onion, diced

2 Garlic Cloves, minced

½ Cup Ketchup or Barbeque Sauce

¼ Cup Brown Sugar

1 Tablespoon Vinegar

2 Large Eggs

3/4 Cup Milk

1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard or 1 ½ teaspoons Dry Mustard

1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce or Soy Sauce

1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning

1 teaspoon Salt

½ teaspoon Pepper

1 1/2 pounds of Ground Beef

½ pound of Ground Pork

3 slices of fresh bread, made into crumbs


In a small frying pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook another minute.

In a small bowl mix together the ketchup or Barbeque Sauce, brown sugar, and vinegar. Set it aside.

In a separate large bowl, mix the eggs, milk, mustard, Worcestershire, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.

In a large bowl mix the ground beef and the pork together.

Add the breadcrumbs, and sautéed onion mixture to the egg mixture until evenly blended.

Then add the hamburger and pork. Mix well together.

I find my hands are the best tool to mix the meatloaf together.


Turn the meat mixture onto a rack over a foil-lined baking sheet and pat and press into about a 9x5 loaf. (He didn’t like the texture of meatloaf when baked in a Bread Loaf Pan.) Brush the loaf with HALF of the ketchup mixture.

Bake the loaf at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Brush the top of the meatloaf with the remaining ketchup mixture. Bake until center of the loaf measures 160 degrees, about 15 more minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before slicing.


***SO, this time 10 years later, my husband informed me that he doesn’t really like the “ketchup” on the top. I used Barbeque Sauce instead, added the brown sugar and vinegar and mixed it DIRECTLY into the hamburger/pork mixture. He loved it even more than 10 years ago. I will take his work for it!


*I am thinking you could use Gluten Free Bread to make this Gluten Free. Check the Worcestershire Sauce for hidden

wheat ingredients too. To make Dairy Free use Almond or Oat Milk and Dairy Free Bread.

Hope you enjoy even half this as much as my husband did!

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