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Classic Meatloaf

This Classic Meatloaf is probably just like your grandmother made! This meatloaf has a tangy and sweet BBQ style sauce on the top and is so moist!
Course entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 361kcal
Author Beth Neels
Cost $5



  • 3/4 c fresh bread crumbs
  • 1/2 c Milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 lbs ground beef or use a mixture of beef, veal and pork
  • 1/2 c diced onion
  • 1/2 c diced celery
  • 1 Tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tsp ground sage
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste

For Sauce


  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Soak bread crumbs in milk for 5 minutes.
  • Whisk eggs.
  • Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix thoroughly, but do not overwork.
  • Place meatloaf in a large bread pan, spray with cooking spray.
  • Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until browned on top and internal temperature measures 165°F. In the last 10 minutes, glaze the top with lots of the sauce.

For sauce

  • Add all ingredients to small pot. Cook over medium low heat, stirring occasionally.


Bake until meat thermometer, placed in center of loaf, registers 165°F.
Store refrigerated up to 4 days.
Reheat leftovers in the microwave.
Leftovers can be frozen.
Meatloaf can be frozen before cooking. Thaw completely, in refrigerator, then bake according to recipe above.


Calories: 361kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 195mg | Potassium: 398mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 122IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 3mg