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Southern Meatloaf (Bacon Wrapped)
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5 from 16 votes

Southern Meatloaf Recipe (Bacon Wrapped)

Southern meatloaf with smoky bacon and savory barbecue sauce - easy to
make, moist and delicious, quick to prep for the oven, and special
enough for company.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Savory With Soul


  • 2 Tbsp bacon fat or olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh broccoli, finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (1-½ to 2 cups)
  • 2 Tbs garlic, minced
  • 2 slices bread (heels are fine - that's what I used)
  • ½ to ¾ cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 pound ground beef (80% lean)
  • 1 pound ground pork (or another pound of ground beef)
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 2 tsp dry ground oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 7 strips bacon, uncooked

BBQ Sauce

  • 1 cup tomato ketchup
  • 4 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp paprika


  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • In a large skillet, add bacon fat (or other fat of choice), onions, garlic, and broccoli and cook on medium until veggies are softened (10-15 minutes). Let cool a bit after cooking.
  • In a small bowl, break up bread in small pieces. Pour milk over bread until just to the top of the bread. Let soak while mixing other ingredients.
  • Meanwhile, while bread is soaking and veggies are cooking, crack eggs into large mixing bowl and beat with a fork or whisk.
  • Add ground beef, pork, oregano, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper and mix well with your hands to incorporate.
  • Add soaked bread to meat mixture and blend in with hands.
  • Add warm veggies to meat mixture and incorporate thoroughly.
  • In a large ungreased 13 x 9 casserole dish, place the meat mixture and form into a long loaf, taking care to form it evenly in height along its length (for even cooking).
  • Position bacon strips across meatloaf cross-wise and tuck under to secure.
  • Place casserole dish in the oven and cook for 1-½ hours or until meat thermometer registers 160 F in several middle spots of the loaf. Let sit for 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with BBQ sauce.