Barbecue Bacon Wrapped Meat Loaf

Food 2013 048

Recipes for bacon wrapped meatloaf have been all over Pinterest for about a year now and I finally decided to give it a try.

My family loves all things bacon.   Or so I thought….

I think I may have finally found the one item that contains bacon that my family did not LOVE!  They liked it just fine but it was not the overwhelming “Oh my goodness we HAVE to have this again,”  I thought I would hear.

Part of the problem was the bacon wrapped around the meatloaf.  Even though I cooked it on a cooling rack over a cookie sheet (with 1″ sides) to let the grease drain off the bacon didn’t get that nice crispy crunch that I was hoping for over the meatloaf.  It was more limp and soggy than crisp and crunchy.

My family still said it was good and that I should try to make it again but next time try to figure out how to make the bacon crisper.  I think I will wait to put the barbecue sauce on until the very end and flip the meatloaf halfway through to maybe get the underneath part some time towards the top heating coils.

Still it was good and I will definitely make it again trying the other steps above.


l 1/2 lb ground beef
2 eggs
1/2 cup diced onion
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
2 slices of white bread, crumbled into small bits
2 TBSP milk
1 lb bacon
1/4 cup of your favorite Barbecue Sauce – I used Sweet Baby Ray’s

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large bowl mix ground beef, eggs, diced onions, garlic powder, onion powder bread crumbs and milk. Mixing with your hands is best. Mix it real well.
  3. Form mixture into a loaf shape and set to the side.
  4. Divide bacon into strips and create a “basket weave pattern” with it.
  5. Place the loaf shaped beef mixture into the center on your bacon weave.
  6. Wrap the weave around the beef loaf shaped mixture.
  7. Tuck the ends under the bottom of the meatloaf so it is almost completely wrapped in bacon.
  8. Place a metal cooling rack in the center of a cookie sheet.  Make sure your cookie sheet has at least 1″ sides or you will be cleaning a ton of bacon grease from your oven!
  9. Place the meatloaf in the center of the cooling rack and place entire pan in oven.
  10. Cook for about one hour until center is no longer pink.
  11. Remove from oven.  Brush with barbecue sauce, return to oven for 5 minutes, remove and serve.

As you can tell I added the barbecue sauce at the end because it was just to mushy the other way.   I can’t wait to try this again.  Maybe 4th of July instead of burgers this year I will try the meatloaf again.

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