Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf
photo by limeandspoontt
- Ready In:
- 1hr 20mins
12 1 inch thick slices
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a large bowl mix ground beef, eggs, diced onions, ketchup, garlic powder, and onion powder. Mixing with your hands is best. Mix it real well.
- Crush the crackers. I always crush the crackers while still in their sleeve.
- Pour crushed crackers into beef. Mix the crackers into the beef mixture well.
- Form into a loaf shape and set to the side.
- Take the bacon and divide it into even amount.
- Take 1 half of the bacon and lay side by side long ways.
- Fold every other bacon strip in half.
- Lay 1 of the other half of the reserved bacon strips across.
- Unfold the half folded bacon strip.
- Fold the other every other bacon strips that were not folded in the previous step.
- Lay a slice of bacon across and then unfold.
- Repeat until you run out of room.
- Start on the other half of the bacon strip until you have made a weave.
- Pace the loaf shaped beef mixture into the center on your bacon weave.
- Wap the weave around the beef loaf shaped mixture.
- Flip the bacon wrapped meat loaf upside down,making the ends of the bacon tuck under the loaf.
- Place the loaf in the center of the oven on a cookie sheet.
- It takes about an hour to cook.
- To make sure it is cooked all the way through, I sometimes use a meat thermometer but that isn't really needed. Sometimes I leave it in for 15 more minutes if I am worried it isn't cooked all the way.
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Made for Spring PAC 2013 & I echo some agreement w/other reviewers. DH & I both liked this meatloaf & I added chili sauce as well, but in a diff way. After assembly, I liberally brushed the bacon surface w/chili sauce. Saltine crackers are not available in Iceland, so I used crushed Ritz crackers. Otherwise made as written, the meatloaf was well-flavored & visually impressive. Mine was not quite as impressive as your pic, but this recipe will be repeated & I will get better at the lattice work bacon cover of the meatloaf. I tried something like it before, but your directions were very clear & easily followed. Thx for sharing this recipe w/us.
Saltine crackers are one of those few things I don't have in my kitchen, so used some of the Milton's Original Multi-Grain Crackers that I always have on hand! Also used 1/4 teaspoon of lemon pepper, but other than that, your recipe was followed & must admit that it was very nice! Loved the uniqueness of the bacon covered loaf & flavor & moisture that gave to the ground beef! Thanks for posting the recipe! [Made & reviewed for one of my adoptees in this Spring's round of Pick A Chef]
This has become a huge family favorite. Yesterday's version I had a senior moment and goofed when I turned up the oven to make a potato casserole when it was near the end. I neglected to keep my eye on it, and low and behold it looked lost and burned. Luckily only the bacon wrapper got really overcooked, and as it turned out the loaf was PERFECT! I'm not a huge fan of crispy bacon, but it really wasn't bad. I think in the future I may even overcook it a little extra!