Sweet 'n' Sour Meat Loaf Recipe

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"I found this down-home recipe in a cookbook published by patrons and friends of the small independent school where I teach third grade," writes Tia Yeatts of Tappahannock, Pennsylvania.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 2 cups water
  • 5 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 5 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/2 pound ground pork

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 290 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 102mg cholesterol, 1088mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 25g protein.


  1. In a saucepan, combine the first seven ingredients; bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the first six meat loaf ingredients; add 2/3 cup of the reserved sauce. Crumble beef and pork over mixture and mix well.
  3. Pat into two greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans. Pour the remaining sauce over loaves. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 50 minutes or until no pink remains and a thermometer reads 160°. Yield: 2 loaves (5 servings each).
Originally published as Sweet 'n' Sour Meat Loaf in Taste of Home June/July 2000, p18

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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writeright1967 User ID: 3752946 85658
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2012

"This is the only meatloaf that I and my children like! Very flavorful :)~"

thecampinglady User ID: 5290902 23261
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2010

"This is a quick and easy recipe. My husband doesn't like meatloaf with "sweet" tops. He said this was really good. It is a keeper and I will definitely make this again."

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