The Best Meatloaf--Pioneer Woman

I absolutely love Ree from the Pioneer Woman.
I think that we would probably be friends if we lived close to each other.
We would share recipes and laugh over the silly things that Charlie does.

I also absolutely love her cookbooks.
Every recipe that I make from them is exceptional.
Good, comforting food.
That's what she is all about.

I've made this recipe a  few times and it gets better every single time I make it.
Yes it is meatloaf--but not school cafeteria meatloaf.
This meatloaf is so full of flavor that you can't even believe that you are eating meatloaf.
(If that makes sense!!)

The Pioneer Woman's Meatloaf
(recipe from Pioneer Woman)

 For the meatloaf:

1 cup Whole Milk
6 slices White Bread
2 pounds Ground Beef
1 cup (heaping) Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/4 teaspoon Seasoned Salt
3/4 teaspoons Salt
 Freshly Ground Black Pepper
1/3 cup Minced Flat-leaf Parsley
4 whole Eggs, Beaten
10 slices Thin/regular Bacon

 For the sauce: 

1-1/2 cup Ketchup
1/3 cup Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon Dry Mustard
 Tabasco To Taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour milk over the bread slices. Allow it to soak in for several minutes.
Place the ground beef, milk-soaked bread, Parmesan, seasoned salt, salt, black pepper, and parsley in a large mixing bowl. Pour in beaten eggs.

With clean hands, mix the ingredients until well combined. Form the mixture into a loaf shape on a broiler pan, which will allow the fat to drain. (Line the bottom of the pan with foil to avoid a big mess!)
Lay bacon slices over the top, tucking them underneath the meatloaf.

Make the sauce: add ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, and hot sauce in a mixing bowl. Stir together. Pour 1/3 of the mixture over the top of the bacon. Spread with a spoon.
Bake for 45 minutes, then pour another 1/3 of the sauce over the top. Bake for another 15 minutes.

Slice and serve with remaining sauce.



  1. I really dislike meatloaf; however, I watched this episode of The Pioneer Woman and made the meatloaf that night. IT WAS AWESOME! My family absolutely devoured it and I will make this a part of my recipe file for sure!

  2. I don't mean to rain on your Pioneer Woman parade, but have you done much research on Ree Drummond?

    You know, I used to be a Pioneer Woman fan too and read her blog on a regular basis, but something wasn’t ringing true for me. She held herself out as just a “little ol’ ranch wife” but the truth is, she wasn’t even close. When I learned in reality she was married to one of the largest landowners in the US and had built a custom television studio on their property, which she cleverly concealed as a “lodge remodel” on her blog, I had to stop and ask myself, how many ranch wives have the means to do that? Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing inherently wrong with having money, this is America after all. But when you deceive your readers and misrepresent yourself as something you’re not, intelligent people’s radars go up. Most people don’t like being made to feel like chumps.

    I also learned that she has tons of household help, tutors for homeschooling her kids, maids who run errands and tidy up her multiple homes and an entire cadre of people who help her manage her blog. Rumor has it she even has butlers for miscellaneous chores. In reality, there is no Pioneer Woman. All this “little ol’ ranch wife” b.s. is nothing but a fake internet persona manufactured by Ree Drummond and her Madison Avenue publicists. Ask yourself, how many bloggers are represented by United Talent Agency?

    And the fact Ree has lifted most of her recipes from church and community cookbooks without crediting her sources is lame. In 2012 alone, Drummond became embroiled in not one, but two plagiarism scandals. Instead of acknowledging the incidents, Drummond simply deleted the offending posts and acted like they never happened. One such incident involved an Etsy artist. Ree’s cowardice and the fact she never apologized made it appear she was trying to cover up the entire incident.

    Before posting adoring little blogs about a fake internet persona, you’d be well-advised to research the real Ree:


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