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This Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf with Pomegranate BBQ Sauce recipe is hearty enough for harvest season and uses two of my all-time favorites, bacon & BBQ sauce.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon wrapped meatloaf, meatloaf
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 508kcal
Author: K.C. Cornwell



  • 1 lb. ground beef 85% lean
  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon gluten free Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoon gluten free Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon gluten free hot pepper sauce
  • 1/2 cup whole milk dairy or unsweetened almond, coconut or rice
  • 2/3 cup gluten free breadcrumbs
  • 8-12 strips gluten free bacon
  • 1 cup Pomegranate BBQ sauce or other gluten free barbecue sauce

Pomegranate BBQ Sauce

  • 2 shallots diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate concentrate
  • 2 teaspoons gluten free Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder or more to taste
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes more or less, to taste
  • dash of olive oil


For Meatloaf

  • Preheat Oven to 350°F.
  • Heat a small sauté pan over medium heat, sauté onion & garlic in extra-virgin olive oil until translucent; set aside. Put meat in large bowl, add oats or bread crumbs on top (do not mix). In a separate bowl, mix seasonings and wet ingredients. Add wet ingredients and onion/garlic mixture to meat, mix thoroughly but don’t over mix, adding a little more milk if necessary.
  • Shape loaf on a sheet pan, brush completely with 1/2 of the BBQ sauce. Wrap strips of bacon over meatloaf, tucking ends under sides to secure. Bake until instant read thermometer measures 160°F, about one hour. Serve with remaining sauce.

For BBQ Sauce

  • Combine olive oil, shallots & garlic in a saucepan over medium heat for 3 -5 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pan, reduce to medium-low heat and cook for 15 minutes (or until slightly thickened). Sauce will thicken more as it cools. If a smooth consistency is desired, process in a blender after cooling.
  • Serve over grilled or smoked meat or use as a glaze or dipping sauce.


Calories: 508kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 138mg | Sodium: 830mg | Potassium: 479mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Vitamin C: 4.5mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 2.4mg