I am NOT a fan of meatloaf. My mom never cooked it and to see it...it looks gross with all that ketchup slathered on top of it...bleh!
When we lived in Oil City, my dear friend Melissa, had mentioned bringing meatloaf to a gathering at my house. I was a bit concerned because of my meatloaf aversion but she said "this is really good and different."
Based on looks alone, it is NOTHING like a "normal" meatloaf, so that won me over and made me try it. The taste was good...hard to explain but just a really good, somewhat barbecue-ish flavor. Try it, you won't be disappointed.
1 cup fresh bread crumbs (2 pieces of sandwich bread)
1 onion, chopped finely (or use onion salt and powder for picky eaters)
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 8oz. cans tomato sauce, divided (set 1/2 cup to the side for the sauce)
Mix above ingredients together well...don't not add meat yet. Then add to 1 1/2lbs. ground beef. Form into loaf and place in pan. Put into oven at 350 for 15-20 minutes. While the meatloaf is cooking, make the following sauce:
Remaining 1/2 cup of tomato sauce
1/2 cup water
1 Tbsp. vinegar
3 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 Tbsp. ketchup
2 Tbsp. worchestershire sauce
2Tbsp. barbecue sauce
Remove the meatloaf from the oven and drain off any fat. Pour sauce over loaf and cook for 1 hour or until done. May want to baste occasionally or divide and pour sauce 2-3 times during cook time.
Serves 4-6 people.