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This meatloaf recipe turns out perfect every time.

If you have not made meatloaf lately because you need a good recipe, try this incredibly moist meatloaf.  It has a sweet, tangy, flavorful sauce.

This meatloaf recipe turns out perfect every time.
If you have not made meatloaf lately, because you need a good recipe, try this incredibly moist meatloaf. It has a sweet, tangy, flavorful sauce. #meatloaf #Southern #southernmeatloaf #easyrecipe #beef #recipe #recipesforourdailybread

If you love cooking with a slow cooker, be sure to check out my this crockpot meatloaf recipe.


This meatloaf recipe turns out perfect every time.
If you have not made meatloaf lately, because you need a good recipe, try this incredibly moist meatloaf. It has a sweet, tangy, flavorful sauce. #meatloaf #Southern #southernmeatloaf #easyrecipe #beef #recipe #recipesforourdailybread

Secrets to Moist Meatloaf

  • Chop the vegetables into small uniform pieces. This will help them cook evenly.
  • Mix the wet and dry ingredients well before adding the meat. This reduces the amount of mixing necessary once you add the meat.
  • Use your fingers or a wooden spoon to gently combine the meatloaf into the egg bread crumb mixture.
  • Spray your hand with a cooking spray. It will help your hands not stick to the meatloaf.
  • One of my secrets to this very moist meatloaf is to use a thermometer.  As soon as the meatloaf reaches 165 degrees, remove it from the oven.  The meat will continue cooking until it reaches around 170 degrees.  DO NOT overcook it.  It needs to be moist!  Overcooking it will dry it out, which is probably why a lot of people do not eat meatloaf in the first place.
  • If you do not have any bread crumbs, no worries! Cut one slice of bread into cubes and put the bread into a food processor. Process until crumbs. One piece of bread should make 1/4 to 3/4 cups of bread crumbs. You have to include bread crumbs. They help soak up some of the fat from the meat.

What meatloaf pan should you use?

You can prepare meatloaf in any pan as long as you are using a meat thermometer to check for doneness.  The meatloaf will get done at different times when cooking it in different-sized pans.  In the pictures, I use a meatloaf pan, a cupcake pan, and a cast-iron skillet.  Because meatloaf is thinner in a cast-iron skillet, it will cook faster than a meatloaf pan.  The con to using other pans instead of a meatloaf pan is they do not drain as well.  If using a different pan to prepare meatloaf, you need to remove the grease off the meatloaf.  When  I use another pan, I drain the fat over the sink in a container.  After draining the fat, I add the other half of sauce on it and finish cooking until it reaches 165 degrees.

Meatloaf Freezes Well

Most of the time I double this meatloaf recipe and make it in several different pans.  The meatloaf we eat for dinner on the same day I prepare it in a meatloaf pan or my favorite way is to use my cast iron skillet.

The meatloaf I am preparing to put in the freezer I use my cupcake pan or mini meatloaf pan.  I freeze the individual meatloaves in a large ziplock bag after they have completely cooled.

Ten Minutes Before Meatloaf Is Done

Ten minutes before the meatloaf is ready to come out of the oven, I remove it from the oven, drain the grease, and put the other half of the sauce on the meatloaf.  I return it to the oven for another ten minutes of cooking.

Next-Day Enjoy Meat Loaf Sandwiches

Slice leftover meatloaf into 3/4 inch thick. If you want a larger piece, go for it. On a lightly greased skillet or grill pan, warm the meatloaf on both sides. If you prefer, add a slice of cheese and warm until melted. Serve between bread slices.

Moist Meatloaf Recipe Adapted From:

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 lbs.  I also used 1/2 chopped bell pepper, 1/2 cup oats, Worcestershire Sauce, and tomato sauce instead of catsup.

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Sweet & Tangy Meatloaf Glaze

You will love this meatloaf glaze. It is sweet and tangy deliciousness. The sauce is made using vinegar, dark brown sugar, ketchup, and Worcestershire Sauce. It is fabulous!  If you are not a fan, you might become one after trying this recipe with this sweet and tangy sauce.

If you are not a Sweet & Tangy Fan, try one of these meatloaf Glazes.

Apricot-Mustard Sauce: Mix together 1 cup of apricot preserves and 1/4 cup Dijon mustard.

Cranberry Glaze: Stir together 1 cup ketchup and 1/2 cup whole cranberry sauce.

Peach-Chile Glaze: Mix together 1 cup peach preserves with 4 teaspoons Asian chili sauce with garlic.

Try Making Meatloaf In Your Slow Cooker

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Moist Meatloaf-Recipe Sauce Recipe Type : Entree Cuisine: American Author: Diane @Recipesforourdailybread
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: beef, entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef, comfort food, diner food, easy recipe, meatloaf
Servings: 8
Calories: 594kcal
Author: Recipes for our Daily Bread



  • Chop the vegetables into equally small pieces.  Combine onion, bell pepper, Worcestershire, breadcrumbs, oats, egg, tomato sauce, salt, pepper, Montreal Steak Seasoning, and garlic.
  • Fold in the ground beef. 
  • Shape into one large loaf or use muffin tins for individual loaves.
  • Next, Add ½ of the sauce before baking.
  • Bake 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes for a large loaf.  About 25 to 30 minutes if using muffin tins.
  • The meatloaf is done once it reaches 170 F degrees but takes it out of the oven at 165 degrees. This will keep it from drying out. Meatloaf will finish cooking.
  • If using muffin tins or cast iron skillet that does not drain the grease away once you remove it from the oven.
  • Combine all ingredients and cook on the stove just until it starts boiling.
  • Remove it from the stove and add half of the sauce to the top of the meatloaf before baking it.


Add half the sauce before putting the meatloaf in the oven.
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 to the oven for another ten minutes of cooking.
Use Dark Brown Sugar!  If you use light brown sugar, it will not be as sweet.
If using muffin tins or cast iron skillet that does not drain the grease away, remove the meatloaf from the pan to drain after taking it out of the oven.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 594kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 984mg | Potassium: 823mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 530IU | Vitamin C: 15.3mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 5.2mg

 Instructions For Meatloaf Sauce

Combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
After you bring the sauce to a boil, cut the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
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.
Be sure to add the rest of the sauce to the meatloaf 10 minutes before removing the meatloaf from the oven.



  1. Great recipe, it is my go to everytime I make meatloaf. I add a packet of lipton onion soup mix into it for extra flavor, I looove onions. I also put in a teaspoon of Italian seasoning into it as well. I used panko breadcrumbs, a garlic Italian herb kind.I also sometimes put a large squeeze of Sweet Baby Ray’s sweet and spicy bbq sauce in it as well along with the tomato sauce. Always a winner in my house, hungry boyfriend eats it right up!!!

    • Leah,

      Thank you for stopping my blog, and commenting on my meatloaf. We love meatloaf in my house too. My meatloaf recipe is extremely flavorful and moist. The sauce is amazing! I totally agree with your lipton onion soup mix making the meatloaf flavorful. I have used it many times. It is a great substitute when you do not want to cut up the onions and add all the other seasoning.

      Join me on Facebook every Friday at 11:30 AM for Facebook live recipe video.

      Thank you again for stopping by!
      Diane Roark

    • Piggy-backing off of your response as I couldn’t locate a comment button. This meatloaf is amazing, delis & simple to make. Only things I changed up is I subbed ground turkey, 2 slices of whole grain bread for the breadcrumbs & used both red & green peppers. I stuffed the meatloaf with green beans. I used light brown sugar adding an extra 4 tbsps to counter the vinegar. I baked it for 2 hours. It came out so moist.

      • Marlene,

        Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by my recipe blog, Recipes For Our Daily Bread, and letting me know you tried my meatloaf. It is easy to make and super moist and flavorful. I am thrilled you tried it and thankful you let me know.

        Many many blessings,
        Diane Roark

  2. I have made this now 4 times and man is it perfect! Only changes I make occasionally is using bacon to do a basket weave on top and using garlic herb bread crumbs. The first time I made it I jumped the gun and made the sauce for on top and mixed half of it into the meatloaf…..honestly that was a great mistake! Best meatloaf yet thanks for sharing!

    • Toaha,

      You made my day! Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know how much you enjoyed my meatloaf. We really enjoy it too but I never know how others feel unless they take the time to let me know. Thank you also for following Recipes for our Daily Bread. I am so excited to let you know that I am having my recipe blog redesigned. It should be complete in the next couple of weeks. It will be so much easier to find things. Please stop by and check it out in a couple of weeks and let me know what you think. I would love some feed back.

      Diane Roark

    • Anna,

      I cannot wait for you to try my moist meatloaf recipe. Most days, it is the number one post on my site and has been that way for years. If you do try this meatloaf, please let me know what you think.

      Thank you for checking out my blog and leaving me a comment.
      Many blessings,
      Diane Roakr

  3. Made this last night for a big group of hungry boys and they ate it all while raving about it! I did make the change of using balsamic vinegar instead of regular and it really is fabulous. After it baked I drained all the drippings, got rid of the oil, which was super easy then boiled it for a few minutes to use as a gravy over mashed potatoes and meatloaf. Sooo good. Thank you.

  4. What kind of tomato sauce do you use? Is it the canned variety that is more watery than a puree? And is the catsup for the sauce the same as tomato ketchup which is sold in a bottle? Thanks. Hoping to clarify ingredients before I try out this recipe.

  5. If you use the cast iron skillet for cooking ,& take it out of oven at 165 degrees how long do you let it set for until it reaches the 170 degree temp?

  6. 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?

  7. 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

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

  10. 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

    • Cindy,

      I am so happy your family enjoyed this meatloaf. I truly appreciate you taking the time and telling me about how much you enjoyed it. YOU MADE MY DAY!

      You can see my ROUNDUP REVIEW POST for this past week: //

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      Blessings and have a great week!
      Diane Roark

    • 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

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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!

  15. 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….

      • Dear Diane ,
        I’m eager to make this crock pot meatloaf but I can’t find the directions to make it anywhere in your blog. I’m so disappointed. I do see the list of ingredients but the part “Make it” is missing. Please help. Thank you.

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