Yummy BBQ Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf
- bacon – 6 oz (150 g), in long strips
- onion – 1 medium, chopped
- garlic – 2 cloves, finely chopped
- ground beef – 1 lb (500g), lean
- BBQ sauce – 1/3 cup + about 3 tablespoons, separated
- white bread – 1/2 cup finely shredded or diced about 1 slice
- eggs – 2, beaten
- Worcestershire sauce – 1 tbsp
- dijon mustard – 1 tsp
- oregano – 1 tsp, dried
- cayene pepper – 1/2 tsp
Adapted from comfortablefood.com
Pre-heat the oven to 175° C (350°F), and lightly grease a baking pan.
Get a skillet hot over medium-high heat, and fry bacon for about 1 or 2 minutes on each side, just until it starts curling, and set it aside.
Drain most of the bacon grease, leaving maybe a tbsp, and saute the onions and garlic until soft, about 6 – 7 minutes, then set aside.
Put the next 8 ingredients in a large bowl, adding the cooled onion and garlic, and mix well with your hands. Form the mixture into a meatloaf shape and put in the center of a greased 9×11 casserole dish.
Take each piece of partially cooked bacon and wrap over the top of the meatloaf, pushing the ends a bit under the meatloaf to hold the shape.
Bake for about 35 minutes, then remove from the oven and brush the remaining BBQ sauce over the bacon. (This is when I take most of the drippings out to make gravy.)
Return to the oven for about 10 more minutes (I have a fan assisted oven, and always turn it on now, it makes the bacon more crispy).
Let stand 10 minutes before serving.