Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf with Brown Sugar-Ketchup Glaze

Total Time:
2 hr
1 hr
1 hr

6 to 8 servings

  • Brown Sugar Ketchup Glaze
  • 1/4 cup ketchup or chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons light or dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cider or white vinegar
  • Meat Loaf
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black paper
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Worchestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot red pepper sauce
  • 1/2 up milk, buttermilk or low-fat plain yogurt
  • 2 pounds meat-loaf mix (2 parts ground chuck, 1 part ground veal, 1 part ground pork)
  • 2/3 cups crushed saltine crackers (about 16) or quick oatmeal or 1 1/3 cups fresh bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup minced parsley
  • 6 ounces thin-sliced bacon
  • Glaze
  • Mix all ingredients in a small bowl; set aside.

  • Meat Loaf

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat oil in a medium skillet. Add onion and garlic, saute until softened, about 5 minutes; set aside to cool.

  • Mix eggs with thyme, salt, pepper, mustard, Worchestershire, pepper sauce, and milk or yogurt. Add egg mixture to meat in a large bowl, along with crackers, oatmeal or bread crumbs, parsley and cook onions and garlic; mix with a fork until evenly blended and meat mixture does not stick to bowl. (If mixture does stick, add additional milk, a couple tablespoons at a time, and continue stirring until mixture stops sticking.)

  • Turn meat mixture onto a work surface. With wet hands, pat mixture into a loaf approximately 9 by 5 inches.

  • Cover a wire rack with foil; prick foil in several places with a fork. Place a rack on a shallow roasting pan lined with foil for easy cleanup.

  • Set formed loaf on rack. Brush loaf with all of glaze, then arrange bacon slices, crosswise, over loaf, overlapping them slightly and tucking them under to prevent curling.

  • Bake loaf until bacon is crisp and loaf registers 160 degrees, about 1 hour. Cool for at least 20 minutes. Slice and serve

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