This my 86-year-old Aunt Libby's home-made meatloaf recipe. I finally had her write it down for me last year. You can be sure no one will tell you this meatloaf is dry!

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr
additional:
10 mins
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Meatloaf:
Sauce:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 9x5-inch loaf pan.

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  • Mix beef, onion, 1 cup ketchup, bread crumbs, eggs, salt, and pepper together in a bowl. Press beef mixture into a loaf in the prepared loaf pan.

  • Mix 1 1/2 cups ketchup, water, vinegar, brown sugar, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce together in a saucepan; cook and stir over medium heat until sauce is smooth and warm, about 10 minutes. Pour 1/3 the sauce over meatloaf.

  • Bake in the preheated oven, basting every 25 minutes with more sauce, until meatloaf is cooked through, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C). Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before slicing.

Cook's Note:

If you need to use two meatloaf pans to make the meatloaf fit comfortably in the pan with room to spare, do so.

My Aunt Libby's original recipe calls for 2 pounds ground beef but I usually use 1.3 to 1.5 pounds meat for my small family of three and adjust other ingredients accordingly. So one meatloaf pan is all I need.

Try not to substitute ground beef with turkey and use a fattier 80%-lean beef choice. True, it is not as healthy but the taste is amazing!

Nutrition Facts

534 calories; protein 30.8g 62% DV; carbohydrates 48.4g 16% DV; fat 24.8g 38% DV; cholesterol 152.8mg 51% DV; sodium 2215.2mg 89% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
05/20/2014
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/18/2014
I made it just as written. It was quite tangy and too moist. It fell apart when I tried to slice it. It had a good flavor otherwise. Next time I might use less catsup in the meat mixture and less vinegar in the sauce. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/20/2014
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Rating: 4 stars
12/10/2018
I replaced 1/2 the ketchup with barbecue sauce. It came out great. My family love it and it ll now be a regular for us. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/17/2014
I made it just as written. It was quite tangy and too moist. It fell apart when I tried to slice it. It had a good flavor otherwise. Next time I might use less catsup in the meat mixture and less vinegar in the sauce. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2019
The best meat loaf ever!!!!!!!! My family loves it Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/14/2018
The only thing I changed was to add green peppers. Great!! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
06/11/2017
Too much vinegar in the sauce. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2019
This has to be one of the best simple to make meatloaf ever. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/21/2020
Awesome recipe! Instead of the bread crumbs I crumble oyster or saltine crackers and sprinkle them with Italian seasoning. I also add bellpepper. Easy recipe. I refuse to make meatloaf unless it's this recipe. Thanks Aunt Libby!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/07/2020
I made this meatloaf with a lil tweaks to the recipe. Thank you for easy instructions to follow. Read More