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I was looking for a meat loaf with a slight kick. The sauce poured on top keeps the meat loaf moist. For a slight variant, you can divide the loaf into 6 mini loaves. Also, this recipe is easily doubled if you’re cooking for a larger crowd.


1 ½ lbs ground beef

2 c fresh bread crumbs

¼ cup dried minced onion

1 egg

½ cup ketchup

1/3 cup packed brown sugar



  1. Pre-heat oven to 350. Grease a 9 x 13 pan.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients except for the ketchup and brown sugar. Shape into a loaf, place into the baking pan, and bake for 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the barbecue sauce: in a small bowl combine ketchup and brown sugar. Mix well.
  4. Spoon the barbecue sauce over the meat loaf and bake 30-40 minutes longer, basting it occasionally with sauce from the pan. Serve with sauce poured over the meat loaf.