If you're a carnivore then this Bacon wrapped Meatloaf is right up your alley, beef & bacon....can you hear it calling your name?
Start by soaking your bread in milk, you can use white bread or whatever you wish, I happen to have whole wheat on hand.
Once your bread has absorbed all the milk, in a large bowl add and mix all your other ingredients.
Then form it into a loaf kinda shape and I like to cook it on a broiler pan so that all the extra fat and bacon grease drips away. I put a piece of foil underneath for easy clean up of all those drippings - it's all about the ease of clean up.
Now the fun part, cover the entire meatloaf with bacon, normal sliced bacon and be sure to overlap the pieces and don't forget about the ends, those glorious ends.
Now you can cover this with BBQ sauce, ketchup or leave as it is but I brush the bacon with this yummy mixture, brown sugar, ketchup and mustard.
Brush 1/3 of the sauce over the entire bacon wrapped loaf - MMmmmmm. Now this baby is ready for the oven.
After cooking for about 45 minutes I pill it out, add a little more sauce and then crank the oven up to broil for about 10 minutes to caramelize the sauce a little.
I like to let it rest about 5 minutes while I finish up the rest of dinner.
Oh and the next day it's delicious in a hot or cold meatloaf sandwich, or between a grilled cheese or pan seared or or or....
Bacon wrapped Meatloaf
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour milk over the bread slices. Allow it to soak in for several minutes.
Place the ground beef, milk-soaked bread, , seasoning salt, salt, pepper and beaten eggs in a large mixing bowl.
using your hands mix the ingredients until well combined. Form the mixture into a loaf shape on a broiler pan, which will allow the fat to drain. (Line the bottom of the pan with foil for easy clean up)
Lay bacon slices over the top, overlapping slightly and tucking them underneath the meatloaf, don't forget bacon on the ends!
Make the sauce: add ketchup, brown sugar andmustard,in a mixing bowl. Stir together. Pour 1/3 of the mixture over the top of the bacon. Spread to cover entire loaf.
Bake for 45 minutes, then pour another 1/3 of the sauce over the top. Bake for another 15 minutes. Slice and serve with remaining sauce.
Serve with mashed potatoes and your choice of veggies - DELISH!
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