Grandpa Mark’s Meatloaf

Grandpa Mark’s Meatloaf
My father-in-law (Grandpa Mark) was a really great guy. He was all about family and spent the better part of his life raising 8 children.
August 13, 1994 my wedding day and the day I got hitched to this great Eskelson family.
That’s a lot of kids no matter how you look at it! 
 He wasn’t really a fashionable sort of fellow….
More like a 
get in there and work….
and build things like this….
and that.
He was the kind of guy that liked to ride around in a back hoe….digging and moving things around, and making life more pleasant than he found it.
He suffered from Congestive Heart Failure for more than twenty years, which included all of the time I knew him. Towards the end of his life he spent a lot of time at the computer, researching and writing and learning about new things. You could call him pretty much any time of day and know that he would 
…be at his computer….
…and at your service….
Always willing to answer any question, or help solve any problem.
This good man found a lot of great recipes while he sat at his computer. This wonderful Meatloaf is one of them. 
It is hands down the best meatloaf I’ve ever had.
Hope your family loves it as much as we all do. 
The view from Grandpa Mark’s Bear Lake Cabin. 
Photo by Grandpa Mark himself.
Sure wish he were around to give me some 
photography tips
and parenting advice
and to help me figure out the technical side of blogging
(he would have been all over that kind of a project)
and to visit with
and to see my kids grow up
and to visit with
and to visit with
and to visit with…..
He knew a lot of good stuff.
Grandpa Marks Meatloaf
Time: 1 hour
Yield: 12 servings (you can easily half this recipe)
Recipe from my father-in-law Mark Eskelson
The Loaf:
2 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 1/2 onion, chopped
2 sleeves saltine crackers, crushed into tiny pieces
4 eggs
salt and pepper
3 T honey mustard
1/2 C ketchup
1 t Worcestershire
 The Sauce:
1 C brown sugar
1 C ketchup
1. Place all loaf ingredients in a large bowl. Get your hands in there and mix it all up together. You want all of the ingredients to be incorporated well.  (Don’t be shy now….touching ground beef will not kill you. If you lick your fingers after you have been smashing it all together…you most likely will kill over dead immediately, or so I’ve heard. Please refrain from licking raw hamburger off your fingers. Your immediate death is something I don’t want on my conscience. However if you decide to lick raw hamburger and you do indeed kill over…give Grandpa Mark a kiss for me when you see him.)
2. Spray a 9 x 9 baking dish with cooking spray. Sprinkle the brown sugar over the bottom. 
3. Form your meat mixture into two loaves. Place them on top of the brown sugar leaving a little alley way between them. (Wash your hands…do not lick them.)
4. Pour your ketchup between the loaves….. 
 and around the sides of the loaves.
5. Cover with tin foil and bake at 375 for 40 minutes, or until the inside of the loaf is no longer pink. 
6. Remove the pan from the oven, take off the foil and spoon the sauce over the tops of the loaves. Return to the oven and bake for about 3-5 more minutes.
7. Take the pan out of the oven and let the loaves rest for about 5 minutes. Then slice and serve. 


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  1. 1
    July 20, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    Can’t wait to make this meatloaf. Sounds incredible!

  2. 2
    Mary Lotempio
    March 25, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    I’m a year seeing and getting this recipe, but i’m glad I did. I love meatloaf, and this one looks so good. Making it soon!

  3. 3
    September 16, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    Hi, the recipe sounds great. I do have a question, however – you mentioned to pour the sauce over the loaves. So, what sauce are you referring to – the ketchup? Thank you so much!

  4. 4
    March 13, 2021 at 6:16 pm

    I made this meatloaf for my family and they absolutely loved it! It was so moist and flavorful.
    I only had two pounds of ground beef, and only used two eggs. But was so moist. Thank you so much for sharing! This will be made again and again.

    • 5
      Mary Lotempio
      March 14, 2021 at 7:27 am

      First , I also got married in 1994. 2-18-94. Meat loaf, I truly love, but have never made a good one. This looks so good, and I just took ground beef from freezer, and i’m making this recipe this afternoon. Can’t wait to try it!

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