Maggie Monday: Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf

On the previous Maggie Monday, one reader comment ended with “and my wife thinks you’re cool!” I got all excited until I remembered that it was Maggie’s post and not mine. Maggie, I also think you are cool. Here’s another delicious recipe from Maggie.

Yes. You read that right. Meatloaf. Wrapped in bacon. Every man’s dream, right? Well, real women eat bacon. Men don’t have that market cornered! This recipe, created by The Pioneer Woman, equally comforts both men and women. It is an equal opportunity dish.

This recipe is very easy to make and takes no time at all. Baking on a broiler pan instead of in a loaf pan speeds up the baking, and gives the bacon crust a great crisp. I make it into two smaller loaves, and freeze one after baking for when I need a quick prep meal another night. If you have a big family, scrap that idea, as you might not even have leftovers.

The original recipe doesn’t call for chopped onion, but I like a bit of fresh onion in meatloaf. Feel free to omit the onion if you wish. I’ve also made it without the parsley when I don’t have any on hand. Sometimes I use equal amounts of ground beef and ground pork. All versions are delicious.

Take the extra 3 minutes and make the sauce for this. Totally worth the tiny effort required. I might like the ramped-up ketchup sauce as much as the bacon.

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf


What you need:

1 cup milk

6 slices of white bread (any bread will do- I have used wheat)

2 pounds ground beef (can also use 1 lb each of ground beef and pork)

1 heaping cup of grated parmesan cheese (fresh is best, but anything will do)

1 medium onion, chopped

¼ t seasoned salt

¾ t salt

½ t ground black pepper

1/3 cup flat leaf parsley, minced

4 eggs, beaten

10 slices bacon, thin- not thick cut. Thinner=better


1 ½ cups ketchup

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 t dry mustard

Tabasco sauce to taste

(reserve 1/3 of  the sauce for serving)

What to do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line the bottom of your broiler pan with foil and have it ready to go. Using a broiler pan allows the fat to drain away) Place bread slices in a large bowl. Pour milk over bread. Allow it to soak for a few minutes. Place ground beef, milk-soaked bread, onion, parmesan cheese, salts, pepper and parsley in the bowl. Pour beaten eggs over all of this stuff.  Dig into this with your very clean hands. Yep. Dig in, and start squishing and mixing it up until everything is well-blended. Shape the meat mixture into a loaf (or two smaller loaves) and place on the broiler pan. Lay the bacon slices over the loaf, tucking the ends underneath the loaf.

If you made two loaves, you should cut the bacon slices in half. Sometimes I even stretch the slices to make them thinner so they crisp up.

Once the meatloaf is wrapped,  take 2/3 of the ketchup sauce and spread it over the loaf with a spoon or spatula.

Bake for about an hour. Serve with mashed potatoes.

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Categories: Baking, Beef, Cheese, Guest-Maggie, Main Dish, Pork, Recipes

Author:The Ranting Chef

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51 Comments on “Maggie Monday: Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf”

  1. April 9, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    good lord … that’s look’s absolutely sinful. my mom used to prepare meatloaf the same way. everything’s better with bacon!


  2. April 9, 2012 at 11:07 am #

    Bacon makes the world a better place. I do not have a broiler pan. We should, but we don’t. I shall have to buy one on payday and make this w/ my mom’s meatloaf recipe.


  3. April 9, 2012 at 11:08 am #

    this is wonderful. I also reap recipies from the Pioneer Woman. Glad you are using it and passing it on.


  4. CAFelegi
    April 9, 2012 at 11:13 am #

    My mouth is literally watering, thanks for the recipe!


  5. April 9, 2012 at 11:13 am #

    Sounds delicious…bacon added to anything makes it so much better.


  6. April 9, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    sounds amazing!!! So really going to try this!! I m telling my heart this is better than salad!! Bacon…..mmmmm


    • Maggie
      April 9, 2012 at 11:34 am #

      Listen to your heart, at least on occasion! And it IS better than a salad with BACON in it!


      • April 9, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

        This looks great (and I put bacon IN my salad)


  7. Maggie
    April 9, 2012 at 11:32 am #

    Pat, how did I miss a comment about ME being cool? Now that doesn’t happen every day! Gonna be super-uncool and go look for it! 🙂


  8. April 9, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    o my gosh, that looks so yummy. gonna hang on to this recipe


  9. April 9, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    WOW. I want to bit the laptop monitor. It looks so good. I’m seriously thinking of making a “dieter’s” version using ground chicken and meatless bacon. I know, I know… say not so… but it’s a DNA thing.

    Thanks for the inspiration.


  10. April 9, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

    My wife does not claim to like meatloaf. I bet this would change her mind 🙂


  11. April 9, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    This seems almost identical to a bacon wrapped meatloaf that was shown on the Pioneer Woman cooking program on Food Network.


    • Maggie
      April 9, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

      It is! I gave her credit in the intro. I love her recipes! Passing along her good work!


      • April 9, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

        oops — took too fast a look at the post didn’t I


  12. Nicole Brait
    April 9, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

    I love meatloaf. And bacon wrapped meatloaf? Oh, man. I try not to eat too much red meat so I might have to go red meatless for a weak before I make this.


  13. April 9, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

    Mouth watering…I had a bacon wrapped pretzel last week that I was blown away by. But this, this sounds even better.


  14. April 9, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    Excuse while I drool.


  15. April 9, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

    Lovely looking meatloaf. I love meatloaf.


  16. April 9, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    Yummy, I think I am going to make this with some venison I have


  17. April 9, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    I was right there with you on the “Oh how yummy” front, until you smothered the poor bacon wrapped loaf in ketchup. I’ll try making it without the ketchup and use my own tomato sauce instead.


  18. April 9, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    Goodness me, this looks incredible! We — the Husband and I — did something very similar with chickens yesterday. Wrapped them in bacon, slathered them in honey, then decorated the glistening hens with pineapple circles. Let’s just say there were zero complaints from the family. 🙂 Hope yours were equally impressed!


  19. April 9, 2012 at 2:15 pm #

    The Pioneer Woman just did this recipe on her TV show! Great minds think alike!


  20. April 9, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

    My Husband would be in bacon heaven. I might just have to make this for him. Thanks for sharing


  21. April 9, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    As soon as I read the title I knew I would like this 🙂


  22. Crimson Tazvinzwa
    April 9, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    Hi there,
    Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf! Yummy. Sounds and looks delicious. This is my Sunday lunch sorted this week. Thanks for the recipe. I will give you an update after the event.
    Thanks again.


  23. April 9, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

    Looks awesome, thanks for the “like”!


  24. April 9, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    Oh my goodness, the bacon was crispy! Heaven! Please tell me you didn’t throw away the drippings though! I love drippings.


  25. April 9, 2012 at 6:28 pm #

    oh my yum!


  26. becca3416
    April 9, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

    Wow, I haven’t made meatloaf in ages. I love bacon , so it sounds right up my alley! Looking forward to your posts.


  27. jerseynana
    April 9, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

    Whoever invented bacon, sure knew what they were doing!! Yum!


  28. April 10, 2012 at 2:21 am #

    bacon, bacon…


  29. April 10, 2012 at 4:14 am #

    Reblogged this on pindanpost and commented:


  30. April 10, 2012 at 8:20 am #

    omg omg omg BACON!


  31. April 10, 2012 at 9:08 am #

    OMG! This recipe is awesome and Paula Dean proud! I’m going to try this but with a twist — using all organic ingredients and meatless burger meat. The only thing that I will keep real is the bacon.


  32. April 10, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    Delicious!! I love the sauce!


  33. April 10, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

    Looks delicious!


  34. Razel Rull-Navarro
    April 11, 2012 at 6:15 am #

    Oh my gosh! This sounds soooo delicious! I am a real woman … I eat bacon! 😀


  35. April 11, 2012 at 6:17 pm #

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. I used to use bacon strips on my meatloaf for added flavor. I also use wrap bacon on venison steaks. The bacon takes some of the “gamey” flavor and also helps to tenderize the meat. I don’t know why cooking with bacon gets such a rap; everything made with bacon has always tasted good to me. What would backed beans be without the bacon? 🙂


  36. April 11, 2012 at 7:36 pm #

    Um…yes please!!! Bacon makes everything better. Praise the Lard!!


  37. April 11, 2012 at 9:21 pm #

    I am pretty particular about my meatloaf, but I admit that does look tasty. Once I up my cooking confidence, I may try this one out…Or just have someone else make it for me. lol. Good article.


  38. April 12, 2012 at 3:51 am #

    you had me at bacon… 🙂


  39. April 13, 2012 at 1:00 am #

    I just recently got into finding simple recipes to possibly cook in the future. The first thing I ever preped and cook myself, beside cookies, was this amazing pistachio crusted chicken. My gosh it was AMAZING!! Of course I messed up in thinking that it was bigger peices then it was, not seeing it said STRIPS, but hey it turned out AMAZING! This may have to be the next thing I try out as it sounds FANTASTIC! I love meatloaf and I love bacon…and so do my parents! I bet this will be awesome 🙂 So following from now on!


  40. ramipon
    April 13, 2012 at 7:27 am #

    oh my… meat heaven!

    bacon is the gift to mankind ^_^


  41. April 15, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

    The Pioneer Woman is a freakin’ genius! And she’s funny too.
    This just looks so very, very promising. My stomach is grumbling just looking at the photos! I can see this is gonna feature on our menu this week. Ohhh yes!


  42. Independent Scentsy Consultant Terri Smith
    April 23, 2012 at 12:51 am #

    Oh my, My 20 year old daughter will be all over this one. We make a pretty simple meatloaf with a ketchup/brown sugar glaze. Its soooooooooo good. I’m going to give this one a shot though! Mmmmmm Bacon….


  43. Sara
    April 27, 2012 at 9:38 am #

    Awesome recipe 🙂 I’m a big fan.
    Here’s a tasty meatloaf recipe you might like to try.
    Thanks for sharing.



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