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Meatloaf Sauce

This super simple sweet and tangy meatloaf sauce comes together in minutes with just 3 ingredients! It’s the ultimate topping and the perfect finish to all your favorite meatloaf recipes!

spoonful of meatloaf sauce
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Best Meatloaf Glaze

For some people, meatloaf isn’t complete without smothering it in meatloaf sauce and I tend to agree! It’s a sweet and tangy way to top off any deliciously seasoned, juicy meatloaf recipe, especially when using leaner meat like in this scrumptious turkey meatloaf, which doesn’t have as much of its own juices.

This quick and easy glaze is made with just 3 ingredients including BBQ sauce, ketchup, and brown sugar, and the option of adding a bit more tang, or spice to it. It comes together in minutes and makes an amazing meatloaf topping sauce that’ll make you want to lick the spoon!

meatloaf sauce ingredients in glass bowl

How to Make Meatloaf Sauce

Combine all the ingredients listed and do a little taste test. Add salt and pepper, if desired, or think about whether you need a bit more tang or a bit of heat. Once you’ve got the perfect combination of ingredients, it’s ready to go!

Pour the meatloaf glaze over your meatloaf, and spread it evenly. Save a little extra for serving.

Make more of this sauce than you need and keep a jar of it in the fridge and use it as a glaze for this easy BBQ chicken recipe for dinner or as a dip for these appetizer baked chicken meatballs.

spoonful of meatloaf sauce

Tips to Jazz it Up!

A good old fashioned red sauce for meatloaf is sometimes perfect just the way it is. On some days, it’s nice to switch things up!

  • Add a pinch of red pepper flakes or a dash of sriracha to the sauce for heat.
  • Some Dijon mustard would be nice for a tangy, sharp flavor. Or use vinegar!
  • Homemade BBQ sauce is my favorite way to make this glaze even better, but use your favorite store bought if you have some on hand.
  • Garlic powder and onion powder are great flavor enhancers.

Storing Leftover Sauce

Keep any extra sauce you have made sealed in an airtight jar or container and store in the fridge for up to 5 days. Take it out when you need it and use it as a condiment, a sauce, a dip, or a glaze!

sliced turkey meatloaf

More Recipes to Serve with Meatloaf

spoonful of meatloaf sauce

Meatloaf Sauce

5 from 2 votes
This super simple sweet and tangy meatloaf sauce comes together in minutes with just 3 ingredients! It's the ultimate topping and the perfect finish to all your favorite meatloaf recipes!
Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Servings: 8


  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup BBQ sauce
  • 2-3 Tablespoons light brown sugar


  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • salt & pepper


  • In a small bowl, mix together the ketchup, BBQ sauce and brown sugar. Ad mustard if desired. Salt and pepper to taste.
    meatloaf sauce ingredients in glass bowl
  • Then pour over top of the meatloaf. Add pepper on top if desired. Bake according to directions.
    spoonful of meatloaf sauce


If you prefer a little heat, add in a pinch of red pepper flakes or a few dashes of chili sauce or sriracha to the meatloaf sauce. 

Calories: 44kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 221mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 78IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Author: Jamielyn Nye

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