There might not be anything special about meatloaf, but for me it’s one of the things I enjoy eating every few months. My father is far from being a gourmet Chef, but one thing that he nailed every time he cooked was meatloaf. It was always perfect minus the time he caught the oven on fire many many years ago from all the juices spilling out the sides of the pan and causing a grease fire, that was interesting.
I’ve taken my knowledge of how to prepare meatloaf and created a recipe that is hands down the best meatloaf. Meatloaf is no where near fancy to make but I wanted to share this for other meatloaf lovers out there, I feel you will appreciate having this recipe. I really feel the bacon is what makes this loaf uh-mazing! Meatloaf of course is best when constantly being glazed by bbq sauce. My bbq recipe is an excellent match with this meatloaf, It is the cherry on top of a fantastic meal. You can feed up to 4 people with this recipe so if your in a bind or don’t know what to prepare for dinner, here you go. Did I mention the leftovers are the best part??
Active Time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 1 hour (At most)
-1.5 Pounds Lean Ground Beef (85% lean to 15% fat ratio)
-1 Carrot, peeled and diced small
-2 Stalks Celery (ribs) diced small
-1 Onion, diced small
-2 Cloves Garlic, minced
-1/2 Cup Breadcrumbs or 2 slices of wheat bread toasted and chopped up
-Salt and Pepper, to taste
-3 Tablespoons Worcestershire
-3 Tablespoons Barbeque sauce (see recipe)
-3 Strips of Applewood Smoked Bacon, thick cut
-1/2 Cup Barbeque sauce (for glazing)
-1 Ounce Franks Red Hot Sauce, or hot sauce of choice
–Heat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
-Sauté onions, carrot, celery, and garlic until soft, over low heat, approximately 7-10 minutes.
-While veg. is cooking, place beef, egg, breadcrumbs, Worcestershire, salt, pepper, 3 tablespoons of bbq sauce, and hot sauce into a large bowl.
-Once veg. is ready, add it to the meat mixture. Mix with your hands until incorporated. (If you want to puree the veg. instead of leaving it whole you may.)
-Place meat in a greased bread/loaf pan. Pack it down as tight as possible.
-Place bacon strips on top. Begin to glaze the top of the bacon and meatloaf with the other ½ cup of bbq sauce using a basting brush.
-Place meatloaf in oven and cook until it reaches 162 degrees. This could take up to 1 hour. You may adjust the heat to 350 once the meatloaf reaches 140 to speed up the cooking process.
-Pull meatloaf out of the oven and let rest for 10 minutes.
-Slice and top with more bbq sauce.
**Glaze the top of the meatloaf with bbq sauce every time you check for the temperature of the meat. Rotate the meatloaf after 30 minutes to insure even cooking. You will notice a lot of fat and liquid between the meatloaf along the sides of the pan, that is perfectly fine! It’s all flavor and trust me you will want to keep the meatloaf soaking in the liquid, unless you have health issues where fat isn’t good in your diet then by all means dump it out when necessary. Lastly, to keep an easy clean up after dinner, place loaf pan on a sheet tray lined with tin foil. If juices leak out of the pan they will drip onto the foil and cleaning up will be much easier than having to scrape away at burnt fat.