Meatloaf, either you love it or hate it. For me meatloaf is the perfect comfort food, only to be even more perfected by a big serving of mashed potatoes or mac and cheese.
My mom always made her meatloaf with bacon on top with a perfect caramelized glaze if catsup. This is how I have always eaten it and meatloaf just isn’t the same without the bacon on top. I mean, is anything really ever the same with bacon?
Through the years I have thrown all different kinds of seasonings and ingredients. I have even baked in in various pans and various shapes! My husband and I have finally agreed this recipe is “the one”, and it is now perfected. With very little ingredients and lots of flavor, you will now have a comfort food that even meatloaf haters will love.
I suggest using a pie pan for this recipe and also chose a ground beef that is lean. I like to use 85-95% lean. Anything less than 85% and there will end up being too much extra grease at the bottom. Using a pie pan rather than a loaf pan gives you more surface area for the bacon to crisp and the BBQ sauce (or catsup) to caramelize. Plus if you decide to ‘weave’ the bacon for a lattice top, everyone will oooh and ahhhh at your mad skills in the kitchen.
85/15 lean ground beef
1 cup rolled oats (not instant)
2 large eggs
1/2 cup BBQ sauce (we like to use Jack Daniels or any BBQ sauce with whiskey or bourbon) + 1/4 c additional
10-12 slices of hickory smoked bacon
Pre heat oven to 350 deg Fahrenheit.
In a large bowl, mix together the first three ingredients and 1/2 C of your BBQ sauce. Be careful not to over mix. Gently break up the meat with a fork or your fingers and toss just until egg and rolled oats are evenly distributed.
Press meat mixture into the bottom of a pie plate (I like to use a glass one) and begin to lay out five to six slices across the top vertically in a single layer. To get the lattice effect, lift up every other slice, starting with the second slice, and line up your horizontal slice over top. Then lay all the slices you lifted up back down. For your next horizontal slice, lift up every other slice starting with the first vertical slice, and lay your next horizontal slice across and lay the vertical slices lifted back down. Repeat lifting up the vertical slices in this manor until you fit five to six horizontal slices across.
Place your meatloaf into the oven and bake for 45 mins. By now the beef should be nice and browned and the bottom should be bubbling slightly. Carefully drizzle the remaining 1/4 c BBQ sauce and turn your oven to the broil setting and brown the bacon on top for 10-15 mins, depending on how you like your bacon. We like our bacon browned but still soft, so I only to 10 mins.
Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 mins before slicing. We like to serve ours with green beans and baked potatoes. Enjoy!