Baconated Meatloaf

I am not a watcher of the TV show The Simpsons but I do know that Homer is known for drooling over certain foods. I have a similar experience to Homer when I smell bacon cooking. I LOVE bacon. I know the imortance of eating healthy and limiting the amount of fat we consume, but I have a weakness for a crisp slice of bacon!

  • Would I like a slice of bacon on my tomato sandwich? YES!
  • Do I like bacon on my pizza? YOU BET!
  • Am I a fan of bacon on my burger? FOR SURE!
  • Do I put bacon in my cabbage rolls? WHY WOULDN’T I!
  • How about a bunch of bacon in a plate of pasta carbonara? YAY!!

The other day I was in a local grocery store and there was a manager’s special selling a pound of bacon for 99 cents. It was 75% off and I bought….. well, I am almost embarrassed to say how many pounds I got. Let’s just say that the freezer is well stocked!

Today’s post is a meatloaf that has been ‘baconated’. Typically, when meatloaf is made, the slices of bacon are laid on top of the meatloaf. That is tasty, but it doesn’t enhance the flavour of the meatloaf too much. To baconate this meatloaf requires a pound of cooked crumbled bacon and mixed into the meatloaf mixture itself! The end result is a meatloaf that an essence of bacon in every bite. Who wouldn’t want that!?!?

I cook bacon in the oven because I find it easier and cleaner. Lay the bacon slices on a cookie sheet lined with parchement paper and bake at 400F for 20 minutes. Easy as that!

To make the bacon crumble, simply pulse the crisp bacon in a food processor for a few seconds until it has a crumbly consistency.

Knead all the meatloaf ingredients together in a large bowl, then put it in a loaf pan.

Pour some of the BBQ sauce over the meat and bake it in an oven at 350F for 30 minutes. Then lower the heat to 325F and bake another hour.

Baconated Meatloaf

Crumbled bacon is mixed in with the ground beef to 'baconate' this meatloaf recipe. Full of flavour, this meatloaf will not dissapoint for those who love bacon!
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Crumbled bacon is mixed in with the ground beef to 'baconate' this meatloaf recipe. Full of flavour, this meatloaf will not dissapoint for those who love bacon!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 1 meatloaf


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 pound sliced bacon
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp Steve's BBQ rub
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion minced
  • 1/2 red pepper minced
  • 2 ribs celery minced
  • 3 jalapenos minced (optional)
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 2 tsp Steve's BBQ rub


  • Cook the bacon in the frypan or the oven and lay on paper towels to remove some of the grease. To cook bacon in the oven, lay the bacon on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake in a 400F oven for 20 minutes or until crisp. Crumble the bacon by pulsing the strips in a food processor for a few seconds.
  • In a frypan, heat the oil and then cook the garlic, onion, pepper, celery and optional jalapeno until mostly cooked and soft. Let cool.
  • In a bowl make the sauce by mixing the ketchup, corn syrup, molasses, brown sugar, vinegar and 2 tsp of BBQ rub spice (link to recipe in notes below)
  • Mix the ground beef, bacon, eggs, cooked onion mixture, bread crumbs, milk and 2 tbsp BBQ rub spice mix.
  • Place the meat mixture in a loaf pan and pour the sauce on top. Bake the meatloaf in a 350F oven for 30 minutes. Lower the heat to 325F and bake another 60-75 minutes.


For the rub recipe click this link:  Steve's BBQ Rub


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  • Popping back here to say this was on the table last night and it was delicious! The only thing different was that I used bacon that was “steakhouse flavored”. This recipe is definitely a keeper, I will be making it again-thanks!

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    • Tina! I am so happy to hear that it turned out well. I have been craving it again so it might make it on our table sometime soon. Hope you have a great week.

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  • I love bacon too!! I would add it to a lot more dishes if it was a little more figure friendly. 🙂 This meatloaf looks like a winner and then some. I know my family would love to try it. 🙂 Hope you are having a great weekend. I’m following you now so I don’t miss any dishes. ~ Ramona

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  • Baconated! A most spectacular term. Everything should be baconated.

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  • This sounds so good! My husband adores bacon, so I’m sure he would adore me extra if I made this 🙂 Found you from Cassie’s blog and I’m loving ALL your recipes!

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    • Oh – so great to have you come over here. I love Cassie’s blog – I check there often. Your husband would love this meatloaf. Bacon lovers unite!!! 🙂

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  • Hi Steve, Melissa here from Food Bloggers of Canada. Just popping by to check out your blog and to let you know we’ve added you to our Membership Directory. Welcome aboard! I had to comment on this post because the three of us running FBC are huge bacon lovers. Baconated Meatloaf. Awesome. Cheers!

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  • Love that you filled your freezer with on-sale bacon!!! I would do the same.

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  • Love the name of this dish. Say, this is a lot shorter comment than my last reply… LOL. Sorry about that… don’t get me going on history. ;.)))

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    • LOL – I loved reading about that. I forgot to respond to it. I had read it on my iphone when you wrote it and I knew I wanted to respond, but time got away on me. You can share stuff like that anytime!!

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  • Oh my this looks good, Steve, You had me at bacon and hooked me with the jalapenos on top. YUMMY!

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  • I feel your love of bacon! I don’t typically go for meatloaf but if its stuffed w/ bacon I’ll be all about it. Yum!!

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  • Yes, bacon does seem to make everything a little bit better. Now I am seeing steakhouse bacon and bacon jam out there on the market! No doubt this has some awesome flavor-a whole pound of bacon.. wish I had thought of this-yum!

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  • I’m actually not much of a bacon lover but my family is. My mom adds bacon to lots of dishes, she will love this idea!

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  • Awesome idea Steve! I’ll bet that is really good. I’m right with on you on the bacon weakness.

    I actually don’t eat much bacon, but my wife makes it for her Dad every morning. Man, that’s hard on a guy to have to smell that and not eat it! 🙂

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