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Closeup view of Bacon Meatloaf from the Pioneer Woman sliced on a white platter and covered in sauce and parsley

Pioneer Woman's Favorite Meatloaf

Meatloaf doesn't get a lot of love. But The Pioneer Woman's meatloaf will certainly change that. This meatloaf is covered in bacon and a delicious brown sugar ketchup sauce.
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Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Best Meatloaf, Easy Dinners, Pioneer Woman Recipes
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Makes: 8
Author: Sues



  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 6 slices white bread
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup freshly grated or shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • cup minced parsley
  • 10 slices bacon
  • Sauce (recipe below)

Brown Sugar Ketchup Sauce

  • 1 ½ cups ketchup
  • cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • Tabasco sauce, to taste


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl, pour milk over bread slices and allow to soak for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add ground beef, egg, parmesan, salt, black pepper, and parsley to the bread in the bowl.
  • Using clean hands, mix the ingredients together. Form the well-combined mixture into a loaf and place on a broiler pan with foil-lined on the bottom (to allow the fat to drain a bit).
  • Neatly arrange the slices of bacon over the top, making sure to tuck the pieces under the meatloaf.
  • Pour and spread about ⅓ of the sauce over the meatloaf.
  • Bake for 45 minutes, until the edges of the meatloaf are nice and browned. Pour another ⅓ of the sauce over the top of the meatloaf, and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
  • Slice and serve with more sauce on the side.

Brown Sugar Ketchup Sauce

  • Add ketchup, brown sugar, dry mustard, and tabasco sauce in a mixing bowl and stir.


Recipe adapted from The Pioneer Woman
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