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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Barbecue Meatloaf
Yield: 6 servings, depending

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: 415Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 138mgSodium: 691mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 36g
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