Yes, Virginia There is a Great Meatloaf

Absolutely delicious meatloaf and sauce! Those who claim they don’t believe there can be such a thing as a great meatloaf will love this. Based on a meatloaf given to me by a dear friend, Virginia Strehl.



TOTAL TIME: 1hr 20mins


4-51 meatloaf
  • 1 1⁄2 lbs  ground beef (ground shoulder roast is good)
  • 1 slice bread (broken or chopped finely)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 small vidalia onions or 1 small type sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon  table salt
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon  black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons  ketchup
  • 1⁄2 – 2⁄3 cup whole milk or 1⁄2-2⁄3 cup half-and-half


  • 4 tablespoons  apple cider vinegar
  • 2 – 4 tablespoons  dark brown sugar, packed firm (to taste)
  • 1⁄2 cup  ketchup


  • Meatloaf: Combine meat loaf ingredients and place into a loaf baking dish.
  • Smooth out top.
  • Sauce: Combine sauce ingredients and pour on top and sides of meatloaf.
  • Bake at 350°F about 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes or until done.
  • ENJOY!
  • *The addition of 1 or 2 teaspoons of Kitchen Bouquet® makes this recipe very good.
  • **Recipe should be”plump” from the addition of the milk or Half & Half.
  • It should NOT be runny.
  • ***A second batch of sauce served hot is good to serve with the meatloaf.
  • Nita’s Note: I note that some of you are using game meat such as deer — Deer is a very DRY meat. It is wise to HAVE some fat added to the deer — especially to ground deer. Maybe 25 % fat, ( I recommend 1 lb of ground venison, and 1/2 lb of deer sausage for fat content), otherwise your results will be poor. I don’t know about some of the other game meat some are using. Please consult and expert. The recipe is delicious as it stands! Enjoy!


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