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Kim's Ultimate Meatloaf Recipe
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Kim's Ultimate Meatloaf

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"A mixture of ground meat, egg, onion, tomato sauce and cracker crumbs baked with a tangy 'sauce' of vinegar, mustard and brown sugar. Recipe lists ground lamb, but can be made with any ground meat. This is the best meatloaf recipe. People who hate meatloaf love this one! No ketchup needed!!"

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr

    1 hr 15 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. In a medium bowl combine the ground meat, egg, onion, 1/2 cup tomato sauce and cracker crumbs. Season with salt and pepper to taste and mix well; press mixture into a loaf pan and make a depression in the center. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl combine the remaining 1/2 cup tomato sauce, vinegar, mustard, brown sugar and water. Mix together until sugar has dissolved and pour liquid over meatloaf.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 20, 2007

Good. There is way to much sauce. I would half it next time.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 06, 2002

Although the sweet and sour topping was good, the texture and flavor of the meat was disappointing. Too many cracker crumbs made it dry, and the meat was very bland. After making this, I compared this recipe to some others and found that, when dry bread crumbs or cracker crumbs were used, the other recipes used only 1/2 cup of cracker crumbs and generally seasonings were added so that the meat wouldn't be bland (garlic, horseradish, worchestershire sauce, etc.) This is NOT the ultimate meatloaf!

Dec 22, 2002

This was my first meatloaf and it turned out fantastic! I did however use ground beef instead and I did not have an onion on hand so I used half a package of onion soup mix and breadcrumbs instead of cracker crumbs, ketchup instead of tomato sauce. I was afraid that 1/2 cup of brown sugar would be too much because of the ketchup so I used 1/4 cup instead for the sauce and I did not use any vinegar in the sauce...still it turned out perfect!

Nov 16, 2006

I have been making this recipe for about 4 years and it is always a huge hit!! I get asked on a weekly basis but I usually make 1-2 times a month. I use the recipe as stated except I use ground beef and when it is formed in the pan I take my finger and poke about 3-4 holes through the top down the center, this just allows more of the sauce to absorb. I also add 3/4 cup brown sugar instead of 1/2 and sometimes I even sprinkle a little on the top of the meatloaf. When we cut and serve I take the sauce from the pan and we spoon over our meatloaf as a sauce. Anybody that doesn't like meatloaf definitly try this one, it tastes nothing like the traditional. Hopefully many more will find this recipe to be great!!!!!!

Oct 12, 2003

i had never tasted nor made a brown sugar meatloaf before. this recipe was very easy to make. i followed it word-for-word, and the results were very tasty! the loaf itself was moist and yummy. the sauce was too sweet, and since there was lots of it, i drained if off the next time. i look forward to making it again with less brown sugar. i don't know that i'd change anything else.

Nov 27, 2004

Kim, this meatloaf was fabulous! It was so moist, unlike most meatloafs I have tried. I do agree with some of the other reviews that the sauce to go on top was excessive. Literally of course. I poured the sauce over and still had a lot left, so I waited to see if I needed it while in the oven thinking that maybe the sauce would evaporate or absorb into the loaf. It didn't. You could probably half the sauce and it would be fine. But this was still the best meatloaf we have ever had. A keeper!!!

Mar 08, 2011

Made this for my husband and followed the recipe exactly. I probably should have read the reviews first and omitted the water (it isn't needed) and cut the sugar by half. The recipe is WAY too sweet otherwise. My husband said it tasted as though someone had poured candy all over the meatloaf. We couldn't eat it - what a waste of time and money.

Mar 01, 2011

Just wonderful!!! I did add about 7 cloves of garlic, crushed and chopped and finely diced red bell pepper to the mix. I also used panko bread crumbs in place of the crackers. I took others advice and omitted the water. The meatloaf of juicy and very flavorful. I will definitely make this again. It's a keeper!


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  • Calories
  • 490 kcal
  • 25%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 37.4 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 107 mg
  • 36%
  • Fat
  • 27 g
  • 41%
  • Fiber
  • 1.7 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 23.6 g
  • 47%
  • Sodium
  • 693 mg
  • 28%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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