How to Make Meat Loaf Sauce

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Add flavor to your plain meatloaf by topping it with a sauce.
Add flavor to your plain meatloaf by topping it with a sauce. (Image: Lamb Meatloaf 1 image by Brett Mulcahy from Fotolia.com)

People often decide they love or hate meatloaf based upon the sauce that tops it. Be it tangy or gravy-like, there is no one meatloaf sauce that all people use. For example, a few of the meatloaf sauces incorporate steak sauce into the topping, while others use tomato chunks. There are many sophisticated options available, but one of the most commonly used meatloaf sauce recipes uses three basic kitchen staples: ketchup, mustard and brown sugar.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 tbsp. mustard
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • Bowl
  • 8 oz. tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp. steak sauce
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar

Red Sauce

Measure 1 tbsp. mustard, 1 cup ketchup and 1/2 cup brown sugar.

Combine the ingredients into a bowl. Stir the ingredients together to form a red sauce.

Spoon the sauce over your meatloaf when there is 10 minutes of cooking time left.

Red Sauce 2

Open an 8 oz. can of tomato sauce and measure 2 tbsp. steak sauce and 2 tbsp. brown sugar.

Pour the tomato sauce, steak sauce and brown sugar into a bowl. Mix thoroughly.

Put the sauce on the meatloaf when there is 10 minutes of cooking time left.

Tips & Warnings

  • The brown sugar will burn if you put the sauce on the meatloaf too early.

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