Brown Sugar Meatloaf

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Cooking Method: Bake


1/2 c packed brown sugar
1/2 c ketchup
1 1/2 lb lean ground beef
3/4 c milk
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp salt
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)

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Carla Skiles Recipe
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Greeley, KS (pop. 302)
Member Since Feb 2010
Carla's notes for this recipe:
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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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.


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!

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user Bea L. BeachChic - Jan 25, 2011
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user 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. :-)
user 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.
user Sea Sun Seasun - Jan 25, 2011
I put it on the top too (not the bottom)...I like when it browns slightly. Yum!
user Sea Sun Seasun - Feb 12, 2011
I'm making this for dinner today. :-)

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