Meatloaf is awesome. Wrapping something awesome in bacon makes it epic.
April 2010. Big D asks if I can make Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf one day. I enjoy a challenge so I agreed. It was definitely a beginner’s loaf, but still a success. Our measurement of success for each dish is if it goes on our dream menu short list in my dream restaurant I’ll one day have. Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf went on the list. And the possibilities! Like a seasonal bacon wrapped meatloaf. Hmm…oh hi there inspiration, good to see you again. I knew some improvements could be made, and knew that this was just the beginning of something epic.
March 2011. Evan was giving me not so subtle hints about making bacon wrapped meat loaf for a while. Getting a Sunday night off work is pretty rare for me so I decided to celebrate and have a dinner for the gang. After watching some Epic Meal Time on YouTube at work, I was inspired to do Bacon Weaved Wrapped Meatloaf. Oh yeah…weaved.
Big D missed out and got a sad text about it. I know that he won’t miss the next chapter on Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf. I’m already thinking about the next version. Summer is coming so maybe a Mediterranean turkey meatloaf?
1 package ground beef
1 package ground pork
1 onion minced
Lots of garlic
Some herbs, what ever you like
Some spices, what ever you think tastes good
Salt & pepper
You can add/sub what ever you feel like. You could make it spicy by adding chili flakes, chili powder, red rooster hot sauce or even jalapenos (try roast them first for some smoky flavor). Make it savory and add some roasted garlic, sage, thyme and oregano. Go crazy and do a teriyaki coconut meatloaf!
Mix everything except the breadcrumbs together in a large bowl. Make sure the meat is all mixed but don’t over mix. It will make the loaf tough. Eyeball how much breadcrumbs you need, until the meat will stick together.
Preheat the oven to 375 C. Make into 1 big loaf or 2 small loaves on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. The first time I did it, I basted the loaf with homemade BBQ sauce every 20 minutes. It caramelized on the outside of the bacon, delish. Cook for about an hour – hour and a half. Let it rest for about 10 minutes before you cut into it.