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Pretty Darn Good Meatloaf

Patricia Reitz

Grandpa Mark's Meatloaf - ButterYum

Believe it or not, my mother didn't do meatloaf.  She didn't do a whole lot of foods other people's mothers made... no casseroles, no cool whip, no country time lemonade (sniff-sniff).  For dinner we had one of two things, pasta or some sort of roasted meat with veggies on the side.  That was it, A or B.  Nothing wrong with that, but I don't think I had my first bite of meatloaf until I was in my 20s.  I liked it, the hubby liked it, the kids liked it (except for the picky one), but I didn't think to make it very often because it just wasn't one of the food memories I grew up with.

So I was looking at a blog post the other day about a girl who's late father-in-law, Grandpa Mark, made a mean meatloaf.  It was such a sweet post that I decided to give the recipe a try.  I'm so glad I did because we really liked it, even the picky one (he had 3rds!).  I've made the recipe twice now, once as written, and once with a slight modification (see the note below the recipe for an explanation).  Thanks for a great recipe, Jamie.  It's already a new favorite!

Grandpa Mark's Meatloaf

makes 2 loaves

Printable Recipe



  • 2 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 1/2 onion, minced
  • 2 sleeves Saltine crackers, processed into crumbs
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons honey mustard (I used half honey; half mustard)
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


  • 1 cup brown sugar (light or dark, whatever you have)
  • 1 cup ketchup


  1. Preheat oven to 375F. 
  2. In a large bowl, combine the meatloaf ingredients. 
  3. Form into 2 equal size loaves and place in a greased 9x13 pan with about and inch of space between the loaves and all around the sides. 
  4. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and ketchup; pour evenly over the loaves. 
  5. Cover the pan with foil and bake for 45 minutes. 
  6. Remove foil, baste meatloaves with sauce from the bottom of the pan and return to the oven, uncovered, for another 5-10 minutes. 
  7. Remove from the oven and let stand for 10 minutes before slicing.

adapted from Jamie Cooks It Up!