Carla Skiles Recipe

Brown Sugar Meatloaf

By Carla Skiles Masnick

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 18 Ratings
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Carla's Story

I found this recipe many years ago and it is still our families tried and true recipe that we use all the time. The flavor of this meatloaf is wonderful. Enjoy!

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
What a twist on ordinary meatloaf! The blending of sweet and spicy in this recipe may not be everyone's cup of tea, but my family and I really liked it. (Especially when served with salty mashed potatoes and green beans... yum!) Very unusual, but in a tasty way.

TIP: I inverted the cooked meatloaf onto a platter before cutting, and it served easily.


1/2 c
packed brown sugar
1/2 c
1 1/2 lb
lean ground beef
3/4 c
1 1/2 tsp
1/4 tsp
ground black pepper
1 small
onion, chopped (can use dry minced)
1/4 tsp
ground ginger (i use a little more)
3/4 c
finely crushed cracker crumbs (i use club)

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Lightly grease 5 x 9 inch loaf pan.
Press the brown sugar in the bottom of the prepared loaf pan and spread the ketchup over the sugar.
In a mixing bowl, mix thoroughly all remaining ingredients and shape into a loaf.
Place the loaf on top of the ketchup.
Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour or until the juices are clear.
**This recipe is even more delicious the next day!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Meatloafs
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Collection: Fall Favorites
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtag: #Brown Sugar

  • Comments

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    Bea L. BeachChic - Jan 25, 2011
    Bea Liles [coffeetime] has shared this recipe with discussion groups:
    101 Ways to Use Ground Beef
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    Sea Sun Seasun - Jan 25, 2011
    I usually make a brown sugar/ketchup glaze when I make meatloaf. Most of the time I use a combo of bread crumbs/oatmeal and haven't tried crackers. Also, what intrigues me about this recipe is the ginger!

    I'll have to leave onion out and use onion powder (DH!) when I make it, which could possibly be tomorrow. :-)
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    Polly Mullins pamc721 - Jan 25, 2011
    I put the brown sugar with ketchup on top of my meatloaf. I'll have to try it on the bottom.
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    Sea Sun Seasun - Jan 25, 2011
    I put it on the top too (not the bottom)...I like when it browns slightly. Yum!
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    Sea Sun Seasun - Feb 12, 2011
    I'm making this for dinner today. :-)