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Moist Meatloaf Recipe

Moist Meatloaf Recipe

If you have not made meatloaf lately because you need a good recipe, try this extremely moist meatloaf recipe with a sweet and tangy flavorful sauce.  This sauce with the meatloaf makes it perfect. 

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The sauce is made using vinegar, dark brown sugar, ketchup, and Worcestershire Sauce. It is really tasty!  If you are not a meatloaf fan, you might become one after trying this Moist Meatloaf Recipe.  One of my secrets to this very moist meatloaf is to use a meat thermometer.   As soon as the meatloaf reaches 165 degrees, remove it from the oven.  The meatloaf will continue cooking until it reaches around 170 degrees.  DO NOT over cook meatloaf.  It needs to be moist!  Overcooking it will definitely dry it out, which is probably why a lot of people do not eat meatloaf in the first place.

I usually double this Moist Meatloaf Recipe.  I cook some for our dinner and I freeze the rest.  I use several different pans to cook the meatloaf including my meatloaf pan (it has holes in the bottom to drain the grease), muffin pan, individual size pound cake tins, and my cast iron skillet.  My favorite way to prepare meatloaf is in my cast iron skillet.  It cooks faster than my meatloaf pan because the meatloaf is spread thinner.  Ten minutes before the meatloaf is done, I remove it from the oven, drain the grease, and put the other half of the sauce on the meatloaf.  I return it back to the oven for another ten minutes of cooking.  If I am going to freeze some of the meatloaf, I like using my muffin tins.   After the meatloaves are cooked, drained, and cooled, I place them in a zip-lock gallon freezer bag and freeze them.  They disappear quickly.  My son loves meatloaf and pops these in the microwave often.

If you love cooking with your slow cooker, be sure to check out my slow cooker meatloaf.

Moist #Meatloaf Recipe ingredients
This meatloaf is truly moist and has a wonderful sauce on top.
Moist #Meatloaf Recipe
Mix together all the Ingredients for the Meatloaf.
Moist #Meatloaf Recipe
Pat the meatloaf down in a large cast iron skillet. Bake until it reaches 165 degrees.  It will finish cooking to 170 degrees. 
Moist #Meatloaf Recipe
I used muffin tins to make the meatloaves to put into the freezer. 
Moist #Meatloaf Recipe
Add half of the sauce on top of the meatloaf before baking. Add the other half of the sauce 10 minutes before removing the meatloaf from the oven.
Moist #Meatloaf Recipe
Bake the meatloaf until it reaches 165 degrees.  It will continue to cook until it reaches 170 degrees after you remove it from the oven.  Depending on the pan you use, it will take 30 to 45 minutes. 

Meat Loaf Recipe – Miss Daisy Celebrates Tennessee  is where my basic recipe came from although I have changed it a little over the years.  I used 3 pounds of ground beef instead of 2 pounds.  I also used 1/2 chopped bell pepper, 1/2 cup oats, Worcestershire Sauce, and tomato sauce instead of catsup.

Moist Meatloaf-Recipe
  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • ½ cup dry bread crumbs
  • ½ cup oats
  • 1 med onion, very finely chopped (see picture)
  • ½ bell pepper, very finely chopped (see picture)
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 beaten egg
  • ¾ cup tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  1. Combine ground beef, onion, bell pepper, bread crumbs, oats, egg, tomato sauce, salt, pepper, and garlic.
  2. Shape into one large loaf or use muffin tins for individual loaves. SEE PICTURES
  3. Add ½ of the sauce before baking.
  4. Bake 350 degrees for 45 minutes for a large loaf.
  5. The best way to tell if the meatloaf is done, especially if you are cooking with different size pans, is to use meat thermometer.
  6. The meat loaf is done once it reaches 170 F degrees but take it out of the oven at 165 degrees. This will keep it from drying out. It will finish cooking. If using muffin tins or another pan that does not drain the grease away, remove the meatloaf from the pan to drain after taking it out of the oven.
Moist Meatloaf-Recipe Sauce
  • 8 tablespoons vinegar
  • 8 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup catsup
  1. Combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. After you bring the sauce to a boil, cut the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Pour half of the sauce over the top of the meatloaf before you bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, if using a meatloaf pan.
  4. Add the rest of the sauce to the meatloaf 10 minutes before removing the meatloaf from the oven.

I double my sauce recipe to serve with the meatloaf or over some mashed potatoes.

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26 Responses to Moist Meatloaf Recipe

  1. This sounds similar to my recipe –which I love and everyone else as well. I do a couple of things differently and have a question. I saute the pepper to soften it and give it a head start cooking.
    Questions: 1.what kind of bread crumbs do you use ? I usually only use the oats, and
    2. what size iron skillet do you use?

    • Denise,

      Thank you for stopping by Recipes for our Daily Bread. I normally chop all my veggies including onions, bell pepper, and carrots and celery when I am using them in my mini food processor. That way I do not have to saute them. I chop them until they are almost a water consistency. I have a couple of picky older kids and they never complain when I chop things this small.
      I use a 10 cast iron skillet my 97 year old grandmother in law left me and Progresso bread crumbs.
      I hope this helps.
      Thank you again for stopping by.
      Diane Roark
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  2. I just made this for my wife and I. This was one of the best meatloaf recipes that I have ever tried. I did make a few adjustments..instead of tomato sauce I used Pace picante hot sauce (medium heat)same amount…and for the the topping sauce that called for vinegar, I used balsamic vinegar, it was a winner!! Thank you so much for helping me feed my family.

    • Brain,

      Thank you so much for leaving me a comment and letting me know you tried my meatloaf. You made my day. You sound like a great cook. I am going to have to try the balsamic vinegar in the sauce. I am sure it is amazing!
      When I make this meatloaf, I normally double it and make some smaller ones in cupcake tins. I freeze the smaller one for my son Casey who is obsessed with this meatloaf.
      I am so glad your wife and you enjoyed this meatloaf.
      Many blessings,
      Diane Roark
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    • Lora,

      I normally use the Old Fashion Oaks, long cooking oats. I have also used the Quick Cooking oats and could not tell a difference.
      I hope you get a chance to make this meatloaf. It is truly delicious.
      Diane Roark

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  4. CONGRATS Diane on being featured for your amazing meatloaf on RecipeLion! So happy for you!!! Carrie, A Mother’s Shadow

  5. Diane,
    This was, by far, the best meat loaf I have ever had. I just wish I would have listened to you and doubled the recipe and froze some. My son, who hates meat loaf, was picking at his piece, because he didn’t want to eat it, until it was all gone.

    Thanks again

    • Tammy,

      You made my day!!!! Thank you for taking the time to let me know you enjoyed the meatloaf. It really means a lot to me that you took the time.

      This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, I will be post a huge list of my favorite Thanksgiving SIDES, DESSERTS, AND BREADS from my blog.

      Diane Roark

  6. Made this last night and can only say it was wonderful! Made 3 one for dinner and 2 more in muffin pan for later. Will be making this over and over!

    • Peg,
      I am very thankful you took the time to let me know you enjoyed this meatloaf. You made my day!! I truly love how moist it is and the sweet and tangy sauce is really good. I like to make extra and freeze it. My teenage son (meat and potato man) takes a piece of meatloaf out of the freezer and warms it in the microwave for a snack.

      I hope you will consider following my blog if you do not already. You can sign up to follow me on the top right hand corner of each page. I am working on five different giveaways starting 10/30/13 to the middle of December. I will be giving away a cutting board and 4 different great cookbook.

      Blessings and thank you again for letting me know about the meatloaf.
      Diane Roark

  7. I admit I am not a meatloaf fan, but my husband is, so I pinned to try this recipe for him, because I am tried making it once and it truly didn’t come out right, but after reading your advice I think I know why now. Thanks Diane and wishing you a great weekend now!! :)

    • Janine,
      I hope your husband loves this meatloaf. The sauce on this one is sweet and tangy. We really like it!

      We are going to have a colder day today with a high around 60. Our football game will be in the 50’s and maybe the 40’s. Great football weather. I am looking forward to it. I hope you have a great weekend too. Times just goes by so fast on the weekends. With my kids getting older, I am very thankful for every minute we are together.

  8. Aunt Diane,
    Just wanted to say I am one of those “I don’t like meatloaf people”….but I made this meatloaf tonight and it was AWESOME!! Absolutely loved it! Such a great recipe.

    • Brittany,
      I am so glad you enjoyed it!! We just got in from Carly’s White Coat ceremony. She is officially in medical school to become a doctor. I was so thrilled to see your comment. I love that you are reading my blog.
      Blessings and lots of love,
      Aunt Diane

  9. I made the meatloaf tonight and it was wonderful!!! It was a hit with the whole family. Thanks so much for posting the recipe and your tips on how to make it. We will definitely be having it often!

  10. Excited to see your recipe. I am always trying new meatloaf recipes. Thank you for visiting me and your sweet comment. I can’t wait to look around and see what great things you have here on your blog. Off to take a look around….

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