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Bacon-Topped Venison Meat Loaf Recipe
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Bacon-Topped Venison Meat Loaf Recipe

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I caught my fiance eating this meat loaf cold, right out of the fridge! He encouraged me to send in the recipe. If you have a deer hunter in the family, be sure to give this a try.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups soft bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pound ground venison
  • 1/2 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 4 bacon strips

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 352 calories, 18 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 159 mg cholesterol, 581 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 25 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Crumble venison and sausage over mixture and mix well. Shape into a loaf in a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish. Top with bacon strips.
  2. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 40-45 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°. Let stand for 5-10 minutes before slicing. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Venison Meat Loaf in Country Extra November 2008, p51

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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Reviewed Mar. 3, 2016

"Winner!! Finally a new way to serve ground venison that is not an Italian meat sauce or iin chili (although we love them). I used the last of my ketchup in the meat loaf, so served with bar-b-que on the side. It was fabulous! I will be making this again."

Reviewed Nov. 12, 2012

"This was the best meatloaf recipe I have ever had in my life,,,,My husband really does not like game,,but he couldn't even tell the difference,,,,this is now in my recipe box and I will make it many many more times"

Reviewed Nov. 3, 2011

"This is my favorite way to make Venison. Its so good. Hides all the game flavor."

Reviewed Dec. 2, 2009

"Very easy and tasty. I used 2 lbs venison ground with bacon. It worked very well."

Reviewed Nov. 5, 2008

"My family loves this meatloaf. It has such a wonderful taste. Those who don't like venison will never know that it is not beef."

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