Sometimes, my friends, bacon just has to happen. While many people bemoan just how bland meatloaf is, for me it is a comfort food from my childhood. Still, I’m all for jazzing up even the classics, and this bacon-wrapped meatloaf does it in spades, with smoky bacon and a sweet, tangy sauce. So the next time you’re looking for a little classic comfort food, give this baby a try. Serve it with some smashed taters and a side of roasted veggies.
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1 onion, minced
- 2 cloves garlic, diced
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1/2 pound ground veal
- 1/2 pound ground pork
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs (or gluten-free bread crumbs for gluten free)
- 1 cup milk (or almond milk for dairy-free)
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
- 2 tablespoons dried thyme
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons Worchestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon Louisiana hot sauce (optional)
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 1/4 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon sriracha (optional)
- 1/2 pound thin sliced bacon
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Heat oil in a saute pan and cook onion until transparent, about four minutes.
- Add garlic and cook until garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds.
- Set aside to cool.
- While onion and garlic cools, combine milk and bread crumbs in a dish and stir well. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine beef, pork, veal, salt, pepper, eggs, bread crumb/milk mixture, cooled onions and garlic, thyme, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon, garlic powder, hot sauce, and onion powder.
- Stir (I use my hands) until all ingredients are extremely well combined.
- Turn out mixture onto a rimmed baking sheet (line it with foil to make clean-up easier) and form a free-form loaf.
- In a small saucepan, heat ketchup, vinegar, sriracha and brown sugar until sugar dissolves.
- Spread half the sauce over the loaf. Return the remaining sauce to heat and allow to boil before removing it from heat.
- Arrange thin sliced bacon in a single layer to coat the entire loaf.
- Bake in a 350 degree oven until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees, about 60 minutes.
- Remove meatloaf from oven and allow to rest for 20 minutes, tented with foil.
- Serve with remaining sauce on the side.