Meatloaf – You’ll Actually Love It! I Promise!


Have y’all seen the recipe floating around Facebook and Pinterest that says it’s a “Meatloaf recipe so good it broke the Internet”?

Well, in case you haven’t noticed, I’m on the Internet right now writin’ this blog. And…..if you haven’t noticed, you’re on the Internet right now readin’ this blog! So, for them to say the recipe broke the Internet, in my humble opinion, that’s a pretty tall tale! And, believe me, where I come from, I should know what a tall tale is!

This Internet breaking sensation claims to be a “magnificent meatloaf recipe”. Their words, not mine. Apparently it is so good it is, “to die for”. They confidently claim that their recipe is clearly the best, no questions asked.

Okay, so here’s the scoop. I’m going to challenge this so-called Internet sensation, because looking at the ingredients, I don’t see anything special about it. As a matter of fact, reading some of the comments is actually pretty funny. Some people saying they’ve been making meatloaf like this forever. Some saying they prefer breadcrumbs or crackers over oatmeal. I guess that’s a personal preference unless you’re gluten sensitive.

Anyway, here’s my take on meatloaf. Like always, this Texas gal puts a little extra spice in everything. So if spicy bothers you, either cut the cayenne in the sauce in half or leave it out all together. Now, I can actually claim that people have raved over this recipe and are proud to serve it to family and guests alike.

Will it break the Internet? I don’t know! Why don’t you make it, serve it to your friends and family, talk about it, share it on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook and all over the place and we’ll see!


Once you make this meatloaf, you’ll throw all your other recipes out the door! This is a Texas-style meatloaf with a ketchup based sauce that delivers a kick!

Yield: 6-8 servings

Difficulty: Easy

1 lb. lean ground beef (I use 95%/5% if I can find it)

1 cup Panko bread crumbs (they are less dense, but regular bread crumbs will do)

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon salt-free all-purpose seasoning (like Lawry’s or McCormick’s)

1 teaspoon salt-free Italian seasoning

1 teaspoon kosher salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

2 eggs, whisked

½ cup onion, fine dice

½ cup ketchup

4 slices thick cut bacon

1 recipe Meatloaf Sauce (recipe below)


  • Mix together the ground beef and next 9 ingredients. Make sure all ingredients are thoroughly incorporated.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour meat mixture out onto parchment; and, using your hands, form it into an 8” x 4” loaf, approximately 3” deep. Flatten out the top and sides.
  • Place the four slices of bacon on top in a woven pattern, trimming to fit. Place in 375° oven and bake for 35 minutes, or until thermometer registers 160°.
  • Remove from the oven and cover with ½ the sauce. Return the meatloaf to the oven and bake an additional 7 minutes or until thermometer registers 165°.
  • Allow to cool slightly, then slice in 1” slices and serve with additional sauce.

Meatloaf Sauce:

Mix together ½ cup ketchup, ⅓ cup packed brown sugar, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce and ½ teaspoon cayenne (optional).  Set aside.

Meatloaf uncookedWeave your bacon like this on top, then place in the oven to bake! Yummy!



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