The Pioneer Woman Meatloaf
This Pioneer Woman Meatloaf Recipe is the best you'll ever try! The entire loaf is wrapped in bacon and baked to perfection, and it freezes well for future meals! This pairs perfectly with roasted green beans and mashed potatoes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Add the bread to a large bowl and pour the milk on top of the slices. Let them soak for 5 minutes.
Add the remaining meatloaf ingredients and use your hands to combine. Try to ensure that the bread is sufficiently combined into the mixture, although try not to overmix as the ground beef will become tougher and lose some flavor.
Form the meat into a loaf, (about 5 inches wide), and place it over a broiler pan to allow the fat to drain. Lining the bottom of the broiler pan with foil will make for easier cleanup.
Line the bacon over the top of the loaf and carefully tuck the ends under the bottom. The bacon can be used to help support the shape of the loaf. I like to line them so that they are touching, but not overlapping so that you can easily slice in between each piece of bacon when it’s cooked.
Combine the sauce ingredients and brush 1/3 of it over the meatloaf.
Bake the meatloaf for 45 minutes on the middle rack. Remove it from the oven and brush another 1/3 of the sauce over it. Bake for another 25 minutes.
Remove from the oven and let it sit for 10 minutes prior to slicing, letting it rest allows the juices to absorb back into the meat, cutting in too early will cause the juice to run out of the loaf.
Serve with the remaining sauce and enjoy! These are delicious with mashed potatoes and roasted green beans!
Meatloaf is a great make-ahead recipe that you can completely prepare and assemble ahead of time.
Once assembled, simply wrap the prepared loaf in foil or plastic wrap and store it overnight in the fridge to bake the next day.
You can also freeze assembled meatloaf. Let it defrost overnight in the fridge prior to baking.
Pro Tip: If this loaf makes more than you need, you may choose to divide it in half and freeze what you don't need for another day!
Love Meatloaf Recipes? Try my Mini Meatloaf recipe next!
Calories: 628kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 33g, Fat: 42g, Saturated Fat: 16g, Cholesterol: 195mg, Sodium: 1065mg, Potassium: 548mg, Sugar: 14g, Vitamin A: 565IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 279mg, Iron: 3.8mg