Barbecue Meatloaf

Barbecue meatloaf- ground beef, minced onion, homemade barbecue sauce, mustard and cracker crumbs, then wrapped in bacon and topped with more bbq sauce! 

Now that Thanksgiving is over I bet you’re in the mood for some regular recipes huh? Well… today I have a fantastic recipe for you. Meatloaf wrapped in bacon and smothered with my homemade barbecue sauce. I know you’re excited, and I’m just as excited to share it with you. I simply took my traditional recipe, tweaked and amped it up to make this fantastic piece of loaf.

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Is it wrong that I love meatloaf… like a lot? And nooooo, I’m not talkin’ bout that singer guy. Meatloaf as in dinner. As in baked beef loaf, or even better} delicious loaf-o-heaven? I could easily eat it once a week with mashed potatoes and green beans and be perfectly happy. Even my whole family gave it two thumbs up, and my husband went back for thirds! I’m not sure if I could convinced them to having it once a week, but you bet your buttons I’ll try!

BTW… It’s so easy I think you should make it for dinner… tonight!

Beef and chopped onions, in a bowl, be there.

Add the liquid heaven. *aka* this barbecue sauce.

I use whole grain mustard… because that other yellow stuff is for sissies. Jk.

Add all spices and seasonings.

Uno eggo.

And don’t forget {like I almost did} the crumbled crackers!! Goodbye breadcrumbs… hello saltines.

Bacon! I love the 12 ounce package… it’s just enough to wrap this loaf up!

See?! You may have to overlap a smidge… but really who cares?

Brush all over the remaining barbecue sauce.

And pop it in the oven… middle rack, naturally.

Orrr you could do half the sauce, and then after the first thirty are up, brush over the rest! Either way it’s winner-winner meatloaf dinner! {Is it too late to take that back?}

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So I had about 2.2 seconds of light to shoot this recipe. It was a rainy dark day and finally around 3pm there was a tiny break before the dark set in and any hope of a final shot was lost. Well I lost that final shot of a pretty sliced piece of barbecue meatloaf,  but I bet if you tried to, you could close your eyes and imagine what it would look and taste like.

Oh and sorry there is just no editing tools in the world that could make this loaf pretty… but you can trust me when I say it’s tasty. Not to mention easy!!

Enjoy! And if you give this barbecue meatloaf recipe a try, let me know by snapping a photo and tagging me on twitter or instagram!

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Yield: 6 servings, depending

Barbecue Meatloaf

Barbecue Meatloaf
Barbecue meatloaf- ground beef is mixed with minced onion, homemade barbecue sauce and cracker crumbs and wrapped in bacon and more sauce!
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes


  • 3/4 pound ground chuck
  • 3/4 pound ground sirloin
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup barbecue sauce, divided
  • 1 heaping tablespoon whole grain mustard
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup cracker crumbs (about 12-14 saltine crackers,
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 (12 ounce) package of applewood bacon


  1. Preheat your oven to 350° and line a sheet pan with foil.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the beef, onion, 3 tablespoons of barbecue sauce, mustard, seasonings, egg and cracker crumbs. With you super duper clean hands mix until combined and then form into a 9x5 sized loaf.
  3. Wrap in bacon, overlapping the edge a little. Brush with some of the remaining barbecue sauce and slide it into your preheated oven for 1 hour or until a thermometer registers at 160 degrees. Brush with more barbecue sauce halfway through baking.
  4. Remove and let rest for ten minutes, slice and serve.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 415 Total Fat: 22g Saturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 11g Cholesterol: 138mg Sodium: 691mg Carbohydrates: 17g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 7g Protein: 36g
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32 Responses to “Barbecue Meatloaf”

  1. #
    Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau — November 29, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Au contraire – this loaf looks absolutely beautiful, particularly with all that glazey bacon hugging it. I like that the recipe doesn't have pork in it. I'm making this, for sure.

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    PoetessWug — November 29, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Yum!! That meatloaf looks good!…I had the one from The Pioneer Woman's blog too (Did a blog about it –> ) It was delicious…and this one looks good too!! Can't wait to try it!!

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — November 29, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Sally ~ Bacon hugging anything should be delicious! 😉

    PoetessWug~ I agree PW's barbecue meatloaf looks amazing!! 🙂

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    Aarthi — November 29, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    that looks like a loaf of heaven..Awesome..

    Ok..Where are the Thanksgiving Photos..Helloooooooo….

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    Julie @ Table for Two — November 29, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    This looks fabulous. I want to have some of this tonight!!

  6. #
    Bev Weidner (Bev Cooks) — November 29, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    I. HAVE. DIED.

  7. #
    Kay Heritage — November 29, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Good heavens! Is it legal to eat something so rich and wonderful? Looks fabulous, Laurie!

  8. #
    Wanna Be A Country Cleaver — November 29, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    And bacon-wrapped Meatloaf isn't evil? I heart you, too. 🙂 haha ~Megan

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    Lauren's Latest — November 29, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    That's a whole lotta meat to love!! Mmmm….bacon!

  10. #
    Jennifurla — November 29, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    oh dear, what a lovely meat wrapped piece of meat! LOL

  11. #
    Candice @ Sailing on Paper — November 29, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Meatloaf reminds me of my grandma. This looks like a delicious twist on the traditional recipe!

  12. #
    Heather (Heather's Dish) — November 29, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    I looooooove meatloaf! Bacon wrapped for extra flavor…love it 🙂

  13. #
    Jessica @ How Sweet — November 30, 2011 at 12:20 am

    you have definitely sold me, my friend!

  14. #
    Jennifer — November 30, 2011 at 1:49 pm


  15. #
    Kiri W. — November 30, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    A: That whole-grain mustard makes me weep with joy.
    B: That wrapping? Oh my. Please invite me for dinner? 😉

  16. #
    Steph — November 30, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    I love meatloaf, and I love barbeque, so this recipe sound like a killer! I've got to bookmark it!

  17. #
    RavieNomNoms — November 30, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    What a wonderful recipe! I adore meatloaf! It is one of those things my mom used to make that I was always SO happy to get.

  18. #
    S.V. — November 30, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    The meatloaf looks amazing. I love meatloaf wrapped in bacon it doesn't get any better than that. I will have to try making yours it sounds amazing.

  19. #
    Made in Sonoma — November 30, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    oh my lord that looks so good!

  20. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — December 1, 2011 at 12:28 am

    Um, holy heck! Meatloaf wrapped in bacon! You're a woman after my own heart! 🙂

  21. #
    CulinaryCache — December 1, 2011 at 12:34 am

    This is a great meatloaf recipe can't wait to try it!

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    Sabrina-eat.drink.and be merry. — December 1, 2011 at 12:39 am

    I love meatloaf and so does the hubby! He would eat it every single day if he could! This looks amazing!!!!

  23. #
    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum — December 1, 2011 at 3:36 am

    It is a skill to make meatloaf look delicious. And you have that skill.

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — December 3, 2011 at 3:39 am

    I will take a slice of that loaf any day!! Meatloaf isn't my favorite, but I love meatballs, so it doesn't really make sense. The bacon just might make it ok for hubby too 🙂

  25. #
    kita — December 12, 2011 at 3:09 am

    I love meatloaf too. Problem is, my boyfriend (who's NEVER HAD IT) doesn't like it… It's like he's a kid and just flat out says he doesn't like it. It's a shame too because this one looks awesome!

  26. #
    Tami — January 6, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Thank you for this recipe! I made this tonight, though I changed a few things. I posted it on my blog and gave much credit to you. I'm newer to blogging and I'm not sure how it all works, as far as using other's recipes and such so let me know if you think I didn't do you justice.=) This will be the staple

  27. #
    Jen Has A Pen — February 4, 2012 at 2:13 am

    I made this for dinner tonight. There is a long standing joke in my family about how much I despise meatloaf. My mother made it on a weekly basis, it seemed. I choked it down but vowed to never to force my loved ones to tolerate it once I started cooking.

    This was awesome. Far exceeded my expectations. I will be recommending this all over the web! 🙂

  28. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — February 4, 2012 at 2:22 am

    Wow Jen… probably one of the nicest comments ever left! So glad you and your family enjoyed this meatloaf! 🙂 Thanks for coming back and commenting <3

  29. #
    Jenni — April 25, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you penning this article and also the rest of
    the website is extremely good.

  30. #
    Jeremy — July 12, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    uhhh. @Sally…bacon is pork. just sayin…


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