Sure, the staple American 1950s food is the meatloaf. But didn’t you know that the meatloaf could be so much better? Why, all you really have to do is add bacon! Better yet cover it in bacon! A bacon weave to be exact! Here’s how to make it! (Are you ready for the awesomeness? I hope so!)
1 pound of bacon
2 teaspoons brown sugar, optional
1 pound lean ground beef
1/2 pound ground pork
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 red or orange bell pepper, finely chopped
2/3 cup fine dry bread crumbs
1 large egg, slightly beaten
1/3 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon Cajun or Garlic seasonings
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/3 cup evaporated milk or whole milk
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
Get out your strips of delicious bacon and create your bacon weave!
Heat oven to 350°. Line a baking pan with foil and lightly oil the foil or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, pork, onion, bell pepper, bread crumbs, egg, cheese, Cajun (or garlic) seasonings, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper, and milk. Put the mixture on the prepared foil-lined baking pan and shape it into a loaf.
Spread barbecue sauce over the loaf and arrange your bacon weave over the top.
Bake until bacon is crispy and meat loaf is firm, about an hour to an hour and 10 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing or moving to a serving platter.