Bacon-Wrapped Meat Loaf

Bacon wrapped meatloaf recipe

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

  • Total: 90 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 75 mins
  • Yield: 1 meatloaf (6 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
494 Calories
22g Fat
29g Carbs
43g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 meatloaf (6 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 494
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 8g 42%
Cholesterol 261mg 87%
Sodium 829mg 36%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 43g
Calcium 174mg 13%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This delicious bacon-wrapped meatloaf is enhanced with grated natural Parmesan cheese, Cajun spices, and a tasty barbecue sauce glaze. 

You can use candied brown sugar bacon to coat the meatloaf, or skip the brown sugar and use plain, partially cooked bacon strips.


  • 4 strips lean bacon
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar (optional)
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1 medium onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 red or orange bell pepper (finely chopped)
  • 2/3 cup fine dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasonings
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk or whole milk
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

    Ingredients for bacon wrapped meatloaf
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  2. Line a rimmed baking pan with foil; lightly oil the foil or spray with nonstick cooking spray.

    Grease baking pan
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  3. Cut the bacon strips in half crosswise and coat them with the 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, if using. Arrange the bacon on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until almost crisp. Remove the bacon from the oven and let it cool. 

    Cut bacon strips
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  4. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, pork, onion, bell pepper, breadcrumbs, egg, cheese, Cajun seasonings, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper, and the milk.

    Beef in bowl
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  5. Put the ground meat mixture on the prepared foil-lined baking pan and shape into a loaf.

    Meat on pan
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  6. Spread barbecue sauce over the loaf and arrange the bacon strips over the top.

    Coat meat with sauce
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  7. Bake the meatloaf until the bacon is crispy and meat loaf is firm, about 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes. If unsure, check the loaf with an instant-read food thermometer inserted into the center of the loaf. The minimum safe temperature for ground meat is 160 F/71 C and the minimum safe temperature for ground poultry is 165 F/74 C.

    Bake meatloaf
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  8. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing or moving to a serving platter.

    Bacon-wrapped meatloaf
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