Mom's Best Meatloaf

Mom's Best Meatloaf


"Mom made this every Sunday and we looked forward to cold sandwiches the next day, if there was any left!! Homemade breadcrumbs work best."


1 h 15 m servings 428 cals
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Original recipe yields 7 servings



  • Calories:
  • 428 kcal
  • 21%
  • Fat:
  • 28.1 g
  • 43%
  • Carbs:
  • 23g
  • 7%
  • Protein:
  • 20 g
  • 40%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 109 mg
  • 36%
  • Sodium:
  • 856 mg
  • 34%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, combine the beef, onion, oatmeal, cornmeal, bread crumbs, salt, sugar, egg, tomato juice, water, barbecue sauce, 1/8 teaspoon liquid smoke and vinegar. Mix together thoroughly and place mixture into a lightly greased 9x5 inch loaf pan.
  3. In a separate small bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar, mustard and 2 drops liquid smoke and mix thoroughly. Spread over the top of the meatloaf.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for approximately one hour.


  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.
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  1. 189 Ratings


Wow!! This is the best meatloaf I have ever had! I did have to make a few substitutions because of things I had in my pantry...I used balsamic vinegar (didn't have any regular), V8 juice for th...

I have made this 5 times in 2 months and it never gets old. This is probably the best meatloaf recipe I have ever had. The only tweak I added was 1 1/2 cups of chopped red/orange/yellow/green ...

I had been searching high and low for a meatloaf that would blow my mind and this was it! It was amazing! It just melts in your mouth! Best meat loaf I ever had. My girlfriend and I made it ...

The flavor is nice but it is far too moist, I even used tomato sauce instead of juice and it was still too wet. Fell completely apart instead of being able to cut into slices. Also had too muc...

Family loved it! Especialy my husband who is a big meat and potatoes guy. I realy liked the taste and texture that the different grains gave to the meatloaf. thanks for a new favorite!

Excellent recipe! I actually was looking for a good "base" recipe for use w/ ground venison & this fit that bill nicely! The "trigger" ingredient was the liquid smoke. I also added 1/4 cup more ...

THE VERY BEST!!! I won't make any other meatloaf now!! Worth the time to put the extra ingredients in. FABULOUS!!! Don't change a thing!

A super meatloaf. Don't bother with any of the others, this one rocks. Excellent consistency and tastes great on sandwiches hot or cold. Thanks for sharing, I've found the perfect meatloaf!

This recipe is excellent! My Mom's meatloaf wasn't this good. I added chopped green pepper and some crushed red pepper for even more flavor.