Venison & Bacon Meatloaf

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In most dishes we prefer lean ground venison, but there are a few things that really need some fat....burgers & meatloaf are two examples. The added fat helps the dish to bind together, and using bacon for that fat adds to the flavor!

3 lbs ground venison

12-16 oz package bacon (frozen), ground fine (or dice finely, or use food processor)

meduim onion, diced

medium carrot, grated finely

dehydrated diced bell peppers, 1/8 cup

garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon

onion powder, 1/4 teaspoon

liquid smoke, 1/4 teaspoon

Worcestershire sauce, 1 Tablespoon

ketchup, 1/4 cup (plus some for the top at the end of baking)

water, 1/3 cup

One egg

quick oats (dry), 1/2 cup

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Step 1: Grind the bacon

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Working with the bacon while still frozen is much easier. Cut across the strips of bacon, then feed into food grinder or processor. (It's possible to dice the frozen bacon up with a knife, but you will have a less uniform mixture of bacon & venison.) I used the finest blade on my grinder.

Step 2: Adding the venison

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The easiest way to thoroughly mix the ground bacon & ground venison is to run them through the grinder again....alternating a handful of venison, handful of ground bacon, handful of venison....etc.

Then set the meat aside while you get the other ingredients ready.

Step 3: Veggies......shhhh, don't tell the kids!

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I just used diced onion & finely grated carrot....but, there are others you could use....cauliflower, summer squash, turnip, whatever you think you can get away with. (Keep in mind that 'green veggies' will be harder to 'hide'.)

A bit of veggies helps keep meatloaf nice & moist!

Step 4: Spice it up!

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In a small bowl, blend together the water, spices & flavorings, and the egg....and beat it well.

Step 5: Fiber!

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Oatmeal is great to add to meatloaf, it helps bind the loaf together (so it isn't 'crumbly').....and its good for you! And it 'hides' in meatloaf really well....'oatmeal haters' will never know its there!

Add the oatmeal to the small bowl of seasonings, etc and stir well.


galiliosharma5 months ago


DeeRilee (author) 5 months ago

"Thank you", to everyone who commented with such positive remarks! I'm so glad that everyone enjoyed it as much as we do.

In most dishes I prefer very "lean", but some dishes really need some 'fat'. And who doesn't love bacon?

Deepakjuneja6 months ago

so so yummy

DeeRilee (author)  Deepakjuneja5 months ago

Thanks for trying it! Glad you found it enjoyable.

DeeRilee (author)  bhandarijames5 months ago

It is a favorite of mine, happy you liked it.

DeeRilee (author)  hotelsnegril5 months ago

Glad you enjoyed it!

olivia116 months ago

best meat laof ever

so yummy

BrianDean7 months ago


davis317 months ago

best Meatloaf

rose1247 months ago


DeeRilee (author) 8 months ago

Thanks to all who have commented!

Tomorrow is the first day of the 'modern gun' deer season here. With 3 grandchildren & their father all hunting, we should be restocking our freezers.

DeeRilee (author)  jyotisingh9 months ago

Yes, it is! I'm glad you agree.

I haven't made it for a while, I don't use my oven as much during the summer months. But now that we're having cooler weather.....it's time to get a meatloaf in the oven!

DeeRilee (author)  midnightfood11 months ago
Great! Glad you enjoyed it!

I Made It yesterday... its Delicious..so Yumy.. best meat laof ever

DeeRilee (author)  BARNABASSABA1 year ago
Yes, it IS!!! =)

I'm glad you enjoyed it!

That sounds like the best meatloaf ever!