Savory Brown Sugar Meatloaf Recipe

Savory Brown Sugar Meatloaf Recipe

Indulge in the comforting flavors of a perfectly seasoned and glazed brown sugar meatloaf. This classic dish brings together ground meat, aromatic herbs, and a sweet and tangy brown sugar glaze. 

Some people may think, “Wait? Why would you want to put brown sugar in meatloaf?” Brown sugar works with meatloaf as any other sweet incredient would, like ketchup or BBQ sauce. Adding sugar to your glaze pairs sweet and savory flavors, which is what makes some of the best meals so great. 

Follow these step-by-step directions to create a delicious meatloaf that will have your taste buds dancing with delight.

How Long Does it Take to Make Brown Sugar Meatloaf?

Preparation Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 1 hour Serves: 6-8

Brown Sugar Meatloaf Recipe


For the Meatloaf:

  • 2 lbs (900g) ground beef (or a mix of beef and pork)
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

For the Brown Sugar Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

How To Make Brown Sugar Meatloaf


  • Preheat the Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Prepare the Meatloaf Mixture:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, breadcrumbs, finely chopped onion, minced garlic, beaten eggs, milk, dried thyme, dried rosemary, dried oregano, salt, and black pepper.
  • Mix and Shape:
    • Use your hands or a Big Chef knife to mix the ingredients until well combined. Be careful not to overmix, as this can make the meatloaf tough.
    • Shape the mixture into a loaf shape and place it in a baking dish.
  • Prepare the Brown Sugar Glaze:
    • In a separate bowl, whisk together ketchup, packed brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce until the brown sugar is dissolved.
  • Glaze the Meatloaf:
    • Spoon or brush a generous amount of the brown sugar glaze over the top of the meatloaf. Make sure to cover the entire surface.
  • Bake the Meatloaf:
    • Place the meatloaf in the preheated oven and bake for about 45-50 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 160°F (71°C) and the meatloaf is cooked through.
  • Glaze During Cooking:
    • Around the 30-minute mark of baking, brush another layer of the brown sugar glaze over the meatloaf.
  • Rest and Serve:
    • Once the meatloaf is fully cooked, remove it from the oven and let it rest for about 10 minutes before slicing.
  • Slice and Garnish:
    • Use a sharp Petty knife to slice the meatloaf into thick slices.
    • Garnish with chopped fresh parsley or additional brown sugar glaze, if desired.
  • Serve and Enjoy:
    • Serve the brown sugar-glazed meatloaf slices with your favorite sides, such as mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, or a fresh salad.

The savory brown sugar meatloaf is now ready to be enjoyed by your family and friends. The combination of tender meat, aromatic herbs, and the sweet and tangy glaze creates a truly delightful and satisfying dish. If you’re looking for the perfect meal to make for your crew the night before the duck opener, look no further than our Savory Brown Sugar Meatloaf.

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