Bacon Wrapped BBQ Meatloaf Stuffed with Cheese!

Barbara Oseland

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@BOseland

This meatloaf is so full of flavor! I did look through many recipes to finally come up with this one by adding ingredients that I liked, and taking away ones I did not. AND this is the perfect size for two people... plus leftovers for one more meal. I have not tried this with turkey bacon as I feel it may burn with this recipe. With this recipe, I did use beef, normally I use a blend or just turkey or ground chicken, but this is really a man's meal and thought it was appropriate to use just beef.


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Serves:

2-4

Prep:

15 Min

Cook:

1 Hr

Method:

Bake

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
Well, this certainly isn't a boring meatloaf. There are so many layers of goodness and it's full of flavor. Really, anything wrapped in bacon is just on a whole other level. The cheese in the middle is an ooey, gooey surprise. Double the recipe if you're serving a family. After one bite I am not sure your family will ever want another meatloaf recipe again.

Ingredients

MEATLOAF

1 lb
ground beef
1
egg
2 Tbsp
bbq sauce (your favorite, I used Jack Daniels original)
1/4 c
dry seasoned bread crumbs
1 1/2 tsp
Parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 tsp
garlic powder
1/8 tsp
sea salt, optional
2 clove
garlic zested or minced
1/4 tsp
rounded, dry mustard
1/4 tsp
rounded, oregano
1/4 tsp
rounded, basil
1/4 tsp
rounded, black pepper fresh ground
2-3
green onions, white and green part, chopped finely
1/2 small
green bell pepper, small dice
1 c
shredded sharp cheddar cheese (reserve 1/4c for on top)

TOPPING

3 slice
bacon cut in half (6 smaller slices total)
2 Tbsp
bbq sauce
1 Tbsp
rounded, light brown sugar not packed

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Preheat oven to 375° F. Get out a 9x13 baking pan. Do not use a bread pan. You can line this with foil to help with clean up, or just spray with a non-stick spray. Set aside.
2
Keep hamburger in the refrigerator until the last minute. In a bowl, combine the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt, minced garlic, dry mustard, oregano, basil, pepper, onion and bell pepper. Stir it around a bit to get everything mixed. Add the 2 tsp bbq sauce and egg; mix. Grab the rest of the ingredients... this will go quickly so the "loaf" holds its shape.
3
Take the hamburger and add this to the bowl, QUICKLY mix together with clean hands... forget the spoon. Place 1/2 of the hamburger mix in the center of your pan. Make a "well" with your hand so it looks like a hollowed out 1/2 potato. Add 3/4 cup of the cheese and gently press it in.
4
Add the second half of the hamburger on top and press it together and shape like a log.
5
Lay the bacon strips on top of the loaf.
6
Smear the last 2 tbsp of bbq sauce on top of the bacon. Sprinkle brown sugar on top of the sauce and put this into the oven for 60 minutes. (temp should be 160°F internally)
7
After 60 minutes, you can sprinkle the remaining 1/4 c cheese on top and return it to the oven for 5 minutes, just to let the cheese melt. If you don't want to to this, you can just stuff all the cheese inside and leave the outside to the bacon and bbq sauce.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Meatloafs, Sandwiches
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American