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Southern Meatloaf Recipe

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American, Southern


A quick and easy Southern classic. You’ll love our meatloaf recipe with it’s slightly sweet tomato based sauce topping.



Ingredients: For the sauce
1/2 cup Ketchup
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
1 Tablespoon Yellow Mustard

For the Meatloaf:
3 slices White Loaf Bread
8 Saltine Crackers
1/4 cup Milk, possibly a little more.
2 lbs. Ground Beef
1 Egg, beaten
1/4 small Onion, finely chopped.
1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
1 teaspoon Dry Ground Mustard
1 teaspoon Black Pepper
1 teaspoon Salt, optional


Prepare the sauce topping first.
Place ketchup in a small mixing bowl.
Add brown sugar.
Add yellow mustard.
Stir well. Set aside.

Prepare the Meatloaf:
In a large mixing bowl, break the bread into small pieces.
Crumble the saltines and add to the bowl.
Add the milk.
Stir well to moisten the bread and saltines. Use more milk if needed. Set aside for 5 minutes.
Chop the onions very fine. Set aside.
Crumble the ground beef on top of the moistened bread and saltines.
Add the lightly beaten egg.
Add the onions.
Add the garlic powder.
Add the Worcestershire Sauce.
Add the ground mustard.
Add the black pepper.
Gently mix all the ingredients together until fully combined.
Place the meat mixture in a baking loaf pan.
Press the meat firmly into the pan.
Turn the meat mixture out onto a sheet pan that has been lined with aluminum foil.
Bake at 350F degrees for 40 minutes.
Pour the sauce over the top of the meatloaf, spread with a spoon to cover the top.
Continue to bake, 15 to 20 minutes longer until meatloaf is done.
Internal temperature should reach 160 degrees.
Remove pan from oven, set on wire rack to cool and rest for 10-15 minutes.
Slice as needed.


The sauce topping is optional, but it just adds something unique to the flavor of the meatloaf. It’s been an old Southern favorite this way for a long time.

Keywords: meat loaf, meatloaf, tomato sauce topping, tomato glaze, bread, saltine crackers, easy, southern classic, dinner