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Brown Sugar Meatloaf

Brown Sugar Meatloaf






Brown Sugar Meatloaf


This is a meatloaf that is full of flavor, moist and savoury with a sweet and slightly tangy caramelised glaze on top which makes the perfect combination of a perfect juicy and tasty meatloaf. This also does not fall apart or crumble when sliced once cooled.


Meatloaf is a nice low budget meal which is also a family favourite so you can’t go wrong. It happens to be a favourite in my household and is in regular rotation but by no means feels as if its a low budget meal. The secret to great tasting meatloaf is using regular fatty mince along with the combination of ingredients listed here. 


I have tried this several ways, although I really loved my old way of making it which was more a savoury dish and unique from traditional meatloafs, it had  a great flavor.


However, once trying this new version, I feel like it tasted more like a nice  traditional meatloaf, and I never looked back. This version has natural ingredients and spices to give you a nice moist meatloaf and a glaze cooked on top to give you a sweet and tangy flavor that makes such a hearty meal with the right side dishes.





Ingredients for Brown Sugar Meatloaf




  • Beef or Pork Mince – or a combination of both is what I usually use.
  • Onions – grated
  • Garlic – grated
  • Ginger – grated
  • Eggs
  • Beef bullion – crumbled
  • Black Pepper
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Panko Breadcrumbs
  • Water
  • Ketchup
  • Brown Sugar
  • Mustard


Preparation of Brown Sugar Meatloaf









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Meatloaf is pretty much a mixture of ground meat (which I use beef & pork), mixed with the right amount of other ingredients to make it moist when cooked and shaped into a loaf in a 9×13″ pan. But make sure to leave space on each side.

It is very important that when sliced, there is enough sauce to cover each slice and that you have a moist loaf.


  1. First, I cut up and measure out all of my ingredients.
  2. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees f.
  3. Then, I preferably use a food processor to finely blend the onions, garlic and ginger. I beat my eggs and combine those with the breadcrumbs to allow it to swell a bit.
  4. I combine all the remaining ingredients in a large seasoning bowl which is my mixture of ground beef with the  breadcrumbs mixture, and other spices and remaining ingredients and mix well together.
  5. Using a 9 x 13″ pan, lightly grease with butter and form a loaf down the middle leaving a space on both sides.
  6. After forming the loaf,  mix the ketchup, brown sugar and mustard  together in a small bowl.
  7. Use half of the sauce to evenly cover the meatloaf which ultimately gives it the final touch of flavor.
  8. Bake uncovered for about 45 minutes, remove from oven and place the remaining sauce and water and continue baking for another 45 minutes.
  9. Cool at least half an hour, slice and separate and spoon sauce over all slices.
  10. I hope you try this recipe and enjoy.







Brown Sugar Meatloaf

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Author Dianne


  • 1 lb. Ground Pork Mince
  • 1 lb. Ground Beef Mince
  • 2 Eggs beaten
  • 1/2 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 2 tsp. Beef Bullions crumbled (optional) chicken
  • 1/2 tsp. Ginger grated
  • 3 cloves Garlic grated
  • 1 large Onion grated
  • 1 cups Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup Ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Parsley chopped or dry


  • 1 cup Ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. Mustard
  • 2 Tbsp Water if needed


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degress. Lightly grease a 9x13" baking pan.

  2. Using a grater or food processor, blend the ginger, onion, garlic. Pour over the breadcrumbs along with the eggs to soften and allow breadcrumbs to swell.

  3. Crumble ground beef and pork in a large bowl with hands. Add minced vegetables and breadcrumb mixture along with the remaining ingredients. Mix well until all combined using clean hands or disposable gloves. Place in the middle along the entire length of the baking pan, forming a rounded loaf shape.

  4. Combine all sauce ingredients except the water. Spread 1/2 the sauce over the meatloaf

  5. Bake for about 45 minutes. Remove and spread the rest of sauce on top. Bake another 45 minutes.

  6. When slightly cool, around 1/2 hr. Slice & seperate in pan, spooning a little sauce over each piece. A little more water maybe used to thin out sauce as needed.

Recipe Notes

** Serves well with mashed potatoes, corn & cooked frozen green peas or vegetables of choice.

* Also great for leftovers

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