Brown Sugar Meatloaf Recipe

It has been a long, long time since I’ve posted a recipe (you can see all of them here)- but I’ve been trying a whole lot of them so I really need to keep up. As usual, I do my recipe hunting on Pinterest and then adapt them to fit with the ingredients we like and have on hand… these generally means I eliminate all onions and add in all the Adobo!

I’m pretty sure I have never, in my life, eaten meatloaf. There’s just something about a slab of meat just sitting in front of me that makes the corners of my mouth curl. But I asked Matt to figure out something for dinner that didn’t involve a stop at the store and this is what he found.


Image taken from the original recipe (here) and altered, because this food is very difficult to take a non-gross picture of.

Here’s my version of the recipe…


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 & 1/4 cup bbq sauce (separated to be used in different steps)
  • 1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 3/4 cup milk (I use 2%)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Adobo seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 cup saltine crumbs, finely crushed

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 350* and lightly grease a 5×9 pan
  • In a bowl, mix all ingredients except the brown sugar and bbq sauce
  • Pack the brown sugar on the bottom then spread 1/2 cup of bbq sauce over it
  • Heap the mixture over the bbq sauce, then spread the 1/4 cup additional bbq sauce on top
  • Bake for an hour


You may want to use less BBQ sauce if you prefer your meatloaf dry, but I have a serious addiction to BBQ sauce so I loaded it on. Eaten in a sandwich this was DELICIOUS.

What recipes have you been trying lately?


8 thoughts on “Brown Sugar Meatloaf Recipe

  1. LOL! You are SO right… I have never seen an appealing photo of meatloaf. I’ve also never had brown sugar meatloaf. But, being as I don’t mind slabs of meat, I’m going to have to give this a try!

  2. This is how we make meatloaf! Except instead of saltine crumbs we use oats to make it gf. It is so yummy. I think I know what I’ll make for dinner tonight 🙂

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