Want to know an easy way to seriously upgrade your favorite meat loaf recipe? Wrap it in bacon! An easy wrap of crispy bacon makes this meat loaf recipe downright irresistible.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 15x10-inch baking pan with foil. Place a rack in prepared pan and coat rack with cooking spray. In a large bowl combine next eight ingredients (through black pepper). Stir in bread crumbs and 3 Tbsp. of the barbecue sauce until crumbs are moistened; stir in cheese. Add ground beef chuck and sirloin; mix lightly until combined.**

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  • Line a 9x5-inch loaf pan crosswise with bacon slices, overlapping slightly. Press meat mixture into bacon-lined pan. Fold ends of bacon over top of loaf. Set the rack over loaf pan and invert meat loaf onto rack; remove pan. Return rack with loaf to foil-lined pan.

  • Bake 1 hour. Brush loaf with remaining 1 to 2 Tbsp. barbecue sauce. Bake 25 minutes more or until loaf is done (160°F). Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Using two spatulas, transfer meat loaf to a platter; cut into slices.

*Tip

If desired, substitute 8 oz. bulk sweet Italian sausage, ground turkey, or ground pork for 8 ounces of the ground beef.

**Tip

To prevent tough meat, do not overwork the meat mixture when mixing.

Nutrition Facts

439 calories; 28 g total fat; 12 g saturated fat; 3 g polyunsaturated fat; 12 g monounsaturated fat; 155 mg cholesterol; 610 mg sodium. 527 mg potassium; 9 g carbohydrates; 1 g fiber; 5 g sugar; 32 g protein; 1 g trans fatty acid; 334 IU vitamin a; 9 mg vitamin c; 0 mg thiamin; 0 mg riboflavin; 7 mg niacin equivalents; 0 mg vitamin b6; 23 mcg folate; 2 mcg vitamin b12; 149 mg calcium; 3 mg iron;

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