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Yield: Serves 6-8

The sauce makes the big difference here.


  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


Sauté onion in butter until soft. Combine with other ingredients and mix well. Form into loaf and place in 10"x14" baking pan. Pour 1/2 cup Barbecue Sauce (see below) over loaf and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees F., basting from time to time with the remaining sauce.



  • 1-1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce


Combine all ingredients in saucepan and heat until well blended, stirring. Use as detailed above to baste meat loaf.
Updated Wednesday, February 14th, 2007
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  1. Anonymous March 16, 2008 at 11:41 pm #

    Good, quick dinner.

  2. Anonymous May 16, 2008 at 11:55 am #

    It was okay, but I wouldn’t eat it again.

  3. Anonymous March 15, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

    I have made this twice now, and it is a favorite for my family. What I love about this is the simplicity of the recipe and the genuine barbecue sauce with ingredients from my pantry, instead of bottled sauce.

    It is a pleasing meat loaf at our table!

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