Perfect Meatloaf


  • 1/2 C catsup
  • 4 T brown sugar
  • 4 t vinegar
  • 2 t vegetable oil
  • 1 med onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 lg eggs
  • 1/2 t black pepper
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/2 t dried thyme
  • 2 t Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 t hot sauce
  • 2 t Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 C milk
  • 1 lb ground chuck
  • 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 1/2 lb ground veal
  • 2/3 C saltine crackers, crushed (16 or so)
  • 1/3 C minced parsley


  1. Mix the glaze: catsup, brown sugar, and vinegar. Set aside.
  2. Heat oven to 350.
  3. Heat oil in skillet or pan on medium.
  4. Add onion and garlic, saute until softened, about 5 min.
  5. Set pan aside to cool.
  6. Mix eggs with pepper, salt, thyme, mustard, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and milk.
  7. Add egg mixture to meat in a large bowl, with crackers, parsley, and cooked onion and garlic.
  8. Mix well with fork, until evenly blended, and mixture doesn't stick to the bowl. If it continues to stick, add a little milk.
  9. Starting with wet hands, mold mixture into a loaf shape, about 9" x 5".
  10. Place mixture in a foil lined pan, brush with half the glaze.
  11. Bake until crisp, about an hour at 350.
  12. Let cool 1/2 hour or so, then brush the remaining glaze over top, and serve.
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