Spicy Meatloaf

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Meatloaf is a tried and true family favorite. It is so simple to make and very hearty. I wanted to get a little creative with this meatloaf and give it that something extra. So I added a bit a heat and a bunch of bacon! Spicy Meatloaf gives you a flavor punch will still feeling like comfort food.

Spicy Meatloaf

I like to use Worcestershire sauce to add a smoky level to sauces and meats. It’s great to get that extra zing for burgers and bbq sauces too. I also have been loving using crushed up pork rinds in the place of bread crumbs to bind ground meats together. You get a little extra flavor without adding unnecessary carbs to the mix. I like to put foil in my loaf pan – which is the standard 9×5 inch pan. Even though it is no stick – it just makes clean up a little easier. If you leave some foil over the edges of the pan you can pull the whole meatloaf out onto a cutting board – which makes cutting pieces so much easier.

Spicy Meatloaf

I served this up with a loaded down baked potato. I like to put my potatoes in the oven at 250deg for up to 4 hours, whenever I have time. Letting them cook slower always brings out more flavor. I then loaded on the butter, pepper, sour cream, cheese, bacon and green onions — are you drooling yet? If I need to stretch this main a little further I would add a simple green side salad and/or my super yummy Butter Swim Biscuits!

Spicy Meatloaf

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Spicy Meatloaf

Not your granny's meatloaf – a smoky, spicy revamped meatloaf – with BACON
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon, ground beef, ground beef recipes, meatloaf, pork rinds
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 6


  • 9×5 inch Loaf Pan


  • 2 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 cup Pork Rinds crushed
  • 3 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 1 tsp Dried Minced Onion
  • 1 tsp Parsley
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • ½ lb Bacon cut into ½-inch pieces

For the Sauce

  • 1 15oz can Tomato Sauce
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Bourbon
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder


  • Prepare all of the ingredients. Preheat oven to 400deg.
  • In a sauce pan over medium-low heat, add all sauce ingredients and let simmer.
  • In a frying pan over medium-high heat, add bacon and cook until crispy. Remove to a paper towel covered plate.
  • In a bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Add to a 9×5 inch foil lined loaf pan. Press down until even. Pour sauce over top and sprinkle with bacon. Bake for 30 minutes.

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Published by Estelle Forrest

I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my adult life and plan to stay forever – while traveling a lot. I am currently running a General Contracting business with my husband out of our home. Between us we have 6 kids in our blended family, 4 of which live with us full-time. We are a highly active family during the week – sports, bands, dance classes – as well as on the weekend – camping, hiking, car shows, and concerts. We like to go go go, but when it comes to dinnertime, we mostly like to dine-in! I love to create things with my hands and have probably tried almost every craft out there at least once or twice. Cooking is a huge part of my life. No matter what anyone says – you can taste the difference in the food if it was made with love. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me, but to the people I care about.

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