the pioneer woman’s meatloaf


Growing up my mom used to make meatloaf with ground turkey that was then cooked in a bread pan. It wasn’t bad, but it was never anything special. [Sorry, Mumsie.] When I started cooking on my own, meatloaf was never something that I thought about making because, well, it was a loaf of meat. Then one day I discovered The Pioneer Woman’s woman meatloaf. I mostly tried this because a) her food is delicious and b) it was wrapped in bacon. Instead of just plain ketchup, it is topped with a ketchup, brown sugar, and Tabasco sauce that caramelizes ever so wonderfully in the oven. The interior is a blend of delicious blend of beef and herbs that remains delectably moist throughout the baking process. If you aren’t a fan of meatloaf give this recipe a try, I promise it will make you a convert.


The Pioneer Woman’s Meatloaf

From The Pioneer Woman

Serves 4 // I’ve halved the recipe because we are not hungry cowboys


  • 1/2 cup milk // If you can’t do milk, beef stock will work
  • 3 slices white bread
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese //As usual, I use whatever hard cheese I have lying around in my fridge
  • Pinch of seasoned salt
  • dash or two of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup minced flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 5 slices bacon // You are supposed to use regular/thin bacon, but I don’t because I buy my thick-cut hickory smoked bacon 3 lbs at a time and I can’t be bothered to buy anything else. I do cut it in half to make it so it tucks around the meat more easily 
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • Tabasco to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, pour milk over bread slices. Let it soak for a couple of minutes.
  3. Add in the ground beef, cheese, seasoned salt, salt, black pepper, parsley, and Worcestershire sauce. Pour in beaten eggs.
  4. Line the bottom of a broiler pan with foil. Grease the top of the pan well.
  5. With clean hands, mix the ingredients until well combined. Form the mixture into a loaf shape on the broiler pan, which will allow the fat to drain. Keep in mind the size of your bacon so you can wrap it nicely around the loaf without overlapping.
  6. Lay bacon slices over the top, tucking them underneath the meatloaf.
  7. Make the sauce: add ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, hot sauce, and another dash or two of Worcestershire sauce to a small mixing bowl. Stir together well. Pour 1/3 of the mixture over the top of the bacon. Spread it around with a spoon so it evenly covers the meatloaf.
  8. Bake for 45 minutes, then pour another 1/3 of the sauce over the top. Bake for another 15 minutes. [If your sauce doesn’t look caramelized enough stick it under the broiler until it is]
  9. Let sit for 5 minutes, then slice and serve with the remaining sauce.

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