Big Family Meatloaf

Recipe by Some1sGrandma
READY IN: 1hr 35mins
SERVES: 8-12
YIELD: 2 loaves




  • Preheat oven to 325.
  • In a very large bowl put hamburger, crackers crumbled,salt, essence, boullion powder, and black pepper - set aside.
  • Cut onion into larger pieces and put it in the food processor with the garlic -- pulse until pieces are small. Dump onion mixture into the bowl with the meat.
  • Beat the three eggs (in the food processor if you don't want to dirty a bowl) and add them to the meat bowl.
  • Add the tomato sauce to the meat bowl and use your hands to mix all very well (I like to wear rubber gloves to save on clean-up time).
  • Divide meat mixture in half. Form into two loaves on the botton of your broiler pan or a roasting pan. Leave room between loaves for even baking.
  • In smaller bowl mix together with a fork; ketchup, brown sugar, water, mustard and cider vinegar. This is your topping -- Brush tops and sides of loaves with this before baking and again while baking.
  • Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour and 25 minutes.
  • When I remove the pan from the oven I like to pour off the excess oil in the bottom of the pan. Let cool for about 5 minutes before serving. Slice thick and pieces should hold together well.