Pioneer Woman Meatloaf

I don’t make meatloaf often, so when I decided to make it for Sunday dinner, I wanted to dress it up a bit. Luckily, I remembered the mouth-watering meatloaf recipe in The Pioneer Woman Cooks.

Ree, Pioneer Woman, dresses up her favorite meatloaf by wrapping it in bacon and slathering it with tomato gravy. I was in a hurry after church and substituted our favorite BBQ sauce for the gravy. It’s a fabulous combination of flavors and this is my favorite meatloaf recipe now too.

Pioneer Woman Meatloaf

Pioneer Woman Meatloaf


  • 1 cup milk*
  • 6 bread slices*
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt, such as Lawry’s
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup minced flat-leaf parsley
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 8-12 thin bacon slices (I used Hormel frozen fully cooked bacon)
  • Tomato Gravy**
  • 1 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • Dash or two of hot sauce – more if you like heat


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Pour the milk over the bread and allow it to soak in or several minutes.

Place the ground beef, milk soaked bread, Parmesan cheese, salt, seasoned salt, black pepper and parsley in a large mixing bowl. Pour in the eggs

With clean hands, mix the ingredients until combined well.

Form the mixture into a loaf shape and place on a broiler pan, which will allow the fat from the meat to drain. Line the bottom of the pan with foil to make clean up easier.

Lay bacon slices over the top, tucking them underneath the meatloaf.

Make the tomato gravy. Pour the ketchup into a small bowl, add brown sugar and dry mustard and splash of hot sauce.

Stir the mixture until well combined. Pour one third of the tomato gravy over the top of the meatloaf.

Bake for 45 minutes, then pour another one third of the remaining tomato gravy over the meatloaf. Bake for an additional 15 minutes. Serve with the remaining tomato gravy on the side as a dipping sauce.

*Next time I make it I'll reduce the bread and milk by half.

** I substituted Masterpiece Original BBQ sauce for the tomato gravy.


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  1. Cristie says

    I don’t know how you could beat this meatloaf for a group of hungry men! On my menu for this week. I love the idea of using a bottled BBQ sauce for the gravy.

  2. says

    its fantastic that u dressed it up and u have done it beautifully!

    I loveee Pw’s recipes too:-)
    And her more:-)
    And u toooo:-)
    I wish i could have some too:-)
    Huggies and loveee to ya , Mia!

  3. says

    Oh yes, I remember Ree’s Meatloaf, I loved it then & vowed to make it, timely reminder. It just looks delicious doesn’t it, sounds like you’ve found a way to make it even better with BBQ sauce. Nice one :)

  4. says

    My daughter made this last week and said it was good enough to serve to company. Now I must try it.
    Hubby loves meatloaf sandwiches in his lunch. I love meals that can double as a lunch. I’ve been packing lunches for 35 years and am always looking for something different.

  5. says

    Wow, wow, wow! I have a favorite meatloaf recipe that I have made for YEARS(from a kid’s Disney cookbook of all places), but this bacon wrapped version sure caught my eye, Barbara. I just may need to try it!

  6. says

    I have had my eye on this for some time and I can honestly say, my husband would be one happy man if I made it. It should be called Manloaf as all the men just seem to love it, don’t they? Must be that comfort aspect. Yours looks heavenly.

  7. Katie says

    I made meatloaf last night but I’m thinking my husband would like this one way better with the bacon. Gotta love that Pioneer Woman!

  8. says

    Really…what is there that isn’t better with bacon? I make a turkey for Thanksgiving that is covered in bacon and basted with maple syrup; not only does it help keep the meat moist but imparts such a great flavor. I haven’t made meatloaf in years, maybe it’s time to baconfy it!

  9. says

    I’ve been wanting to try this recipe Barbara; now I will since I know it’s your new favorite. Your picture will all that bacon is so tempting!

  10. says

    Mmmmm….almost like a bacon cheeseburger without the bun. And the cheese. I’m with Peggy…I wouldn’t have time to make this after church; we get out at 4 ~ PW does makes some yummy recipes, and I’m sure this one is a winner!

  11. says

    Barbara, I would not have time to make meatloaf after church, but if I did, it looks like this would be the one I would want to prepare. That looks amazingly delicious with the bacon wrapped around it!!