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Looking for a juicy Meatloaf recipe with bacon does NOT have tomato sauce? Look no further. This is it!! Whether you don’t like tomato sauce or, like me, can’t eat it due to tummy issues. I got you covered.

Updated 07/27/2020

Two slices of meatloaf up close, with lima beans, corn and mashed potatoes and gravy in the background.

Do you cover meatloaf when baking?

Keep it covered to help it from drying out. I chose a different route with this recipe. I added the gravy mix (with water) to mine. It makes it moist and I can get the bacon on top crispy by cooking it uncovered.

How do you keep meatloaf moist? Eggs, ketchup, barbecue sauce, mustard, gravy, or whatever liquid you use, use plenty. Or, you can cook the meatloaf covered till the final 10-15 minutes. Then uncover and finish cooking.

At what temperature is the meatloaf done?

The internal temperature should read 165°.

Why is my meatloaf falling apart?

Pack the mixture, like you would a hamburger patty, nice and tight. Do you have enough binders in your recipe? Eggs and bread crumbs (or crushed crackers) are binders and help everything “stick” together.

You could try the cute little Meatloaf Cups as well. These are the cutest little things, topped with mashed potatoes.  Get your meal all in one bite.

Need some ideas for side dishes?

This time, I just had mashed potatoes, gravy, lima beans and corn.

Another idea is Sauteed Squash or Baked Squash Casserole.

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Looking for a juicy Meatloaf recipe with bacon does NOT have tomato sauce? Look no further. This is it!!
Course Main, Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword meatloaf, meatloaf recipe, meatloaf recipe with bacon, meatloaf recipes with crackers, meatloaf with no tomato sauce, meatloaf with Ritz crackers
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Cool 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 4 People
Calories 331kcal


  • 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 loaf pan


  • 1/2 Lb Pork, Ground
  • 1/2 Lb Beef, Ground Round
  • 1 1/2 Cup Ritz Crackers, Crushed
  • 2 Tbsp Worchestershire Sauce
  • 1 Pkg Brown Gravy Mix 1/2 dry mix, 1/2 mixed with the 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 Cup Water
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 Cup Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 4 Slices Bacon, cut in half


  • Preheat Oven to 400°. Spray Loaf Pan with Cooking Spray
  • Mix together the following…Pork, Beef, Crushed Crackers, Worchestershire Sauce, Brown Gravy (see above for mixture), eggs, cheese and seasonings to taste.
  • Put mixture in loaf pan (or other type dish if desired). Pack the meatloaf, so it doesn't fall apart while cooking.
  • Lay your slices of bacon across the top.
  • Cook for 40 minutes or until the internal temperature is at least 165°.


This recipe is extremely customizable.  Use different crackers, skip the cheese or worchestershire.


Calories: 331kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 383mg | Potassium: 352mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 126IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 3mg
Top part of image has meatloaf on a serving plate, already sliced. At the bottom of the image is a couple of slices, just out of focus.
Meatloaf on a serving plate, already sliced, ready to serve.
Meatloaf, just out of the oven, in the pan.


  1. I love meatloaf and will have to try this version. Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I’ve pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board
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  3. Looks delicious! Like the touch with the different meats mixed together 🙂
    Rachael @ http://www.parentingandhomeschoolinginfaith.com

    • Once I started mixing the ground pork in, I never stopped. Makes it taste better with the mix of the two.

      Thanks for stopping by…hope to see ya around 😉

  4. It looks gorgeous and yummy. I wonder how it tastes. Thank you very much for sharing.
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  5. Cheese and bacon totally work for me!!! I’ll be pinning, as I’m sure my whole family would love this! Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday Linky! We’re so happy to have you! Julia
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  6. Thanks for posting this week at the #WWDParty.

  7. Mmm, I think I’m going to add bacon on top of our meat loaf next time.
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  8. Hi Karen. Hope you like it as much as I do 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and checking it out!!

    Have a great weekend!

  9. My pleasure Heidy!! Thanks for stopping by!

    Have a great day!

  10. Everything is better with bacon, right? Meatloaf is a comfort food for me and I have been wanting to make some lately. I think I’m going to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing on Hump Day Happenings.
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    • Hi Jenna! Yup Yup…bacon makes everything better! I hope you like it, if you try it! Thanks for stopping by and checkin it out!

      Have a great day!

  11. Meatloaf is a great meal, since you can make it so many different ways. I use bread instead of crackers, but the bacon addition is a great idea! I will have to try it! Thanks for sharing at A Little R & R.
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    • Hi Debbie! Thanks for stopping by. I have used bread, different types of crackers and even stuffing before. But bacon is a must no matter what I’m using. 😉

      Have a great day!

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