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Baked Bacon-Weaved Meatloaf

Baked Bacon-Weaved Meatloaf

By Traeger Kitchen

Turn your old family meatloaf recipe way up with a blanket made of woven bacon. In addition to added flavor, the rendered bacon fat bastes to loaf as it cooks to lock in moisture.

Prep Time

15 Minutes

Cook Time

1 Hours

Pellets

Hickory

Ingredients

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6

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Units of Measurement:
Meatloaf
1 Medium carrot, diced or grated
1 Stalk celery, finely chopped
4 Ounce mushrooms, finely chopped
1/2 Medium red onion, finely chopped
To Taste Olive oil
3 Pound 80/20 ground beef
2 garlic cloves, grated or chopped
3 Sprig fresh thyme, leaves only
1 Large egg, beaten
6 Slices cooked and crumbled bacon
2 Teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 Teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 Teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 Cup breadcrumbs
1/2 Cup condensed tomato soup
For Topping
1 Pound thinly sliced bacon
To Taste Traeger Sweet & Heat BBQ Sauce

Steps

  • 1

    When ready to cook, set the Traeger temperature to 225˚F and preheat with the lid closed for 15 minutes. For optimal flavor, use Super Smoke, if available. Line a baking sheet with foil and place a wire rack on top.

    225 ˚F / 107 ˚C

    Super Smoke

  • 2

    In a medium, microwave-safe bowl, combine the carrot, celery, mushrooms, and onion. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and microwave for about 2 minutes to soften the vegetables. Uncover the bowl and let the vegetables cool for about 10 minutes.

    Ingredients
    • 1 Medium carrot, diced or grated

    • 1 Stalk celery, finely chopped

    • 4 Ounce mushrooms, finely chopped

    • 1/2 Medium red onion, finely chopped

    • To Taste Olive oil

  • 3

    Transfer the vegetables to a large bowl, along with the ground beef, garlic, thyme, egg, crumbled bacon, bread crumbs, tomato soup, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Shape the mixture into a loaf and place on the wire rack.

    Ingredients
    • 3 Pound 80/20 ground beef

    • 2  garlic cloves, grated or chopped

    • 3 Sprig fresh thyme, leaves only

    • 1 Large egg, beaten

    • 6 Slices cooked and crumbled bacon

    • 2 Teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

    • 1 1/2 Teaspoon kosher salt

    • 1/2 Teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

    • 1 Cup breadcrumbs

    • 1/2 Cup condensed tomato soup

  • 4

    On a large sheet of parchment paper, weave the thinly sliced bacon into a roughly 10-inch square. Gently flip the weave on top of the meatloaf and peel away the parchment paper.

    Ingredients
    • 1 Pound thinly sliced bacon

  • 5

    Place the baking sheet with the meatloaf on the grill grates. Close the lid and smoke for 45 minutes.

    225 ˚F / 107 ˚C

    Super Smoke

  • 6

    Remove the meatloaf from the grill and increase the temperature to 325°F. Preheat with the lid closed for 10 minutes.

    325 ˚F / 163 ˚C

  • 7

    Return the pan with the meatloaf to the grill. Insert the probe into the center of the loaf. Close the lid and cook until the internal temperature reaches 160°F and the bacon weave is browned and starting to crisp, about 1 hour. During the last 15 minutes, brush the meatloaf with the Traeger Sweet & Heat BBQ Sauce to glaze.

    325 ˚F / 163 ˚C

    160 ˚F / 71 ˚C

    Ingredients
    • To Taste Traeger Sweet & Heat BBQ Sauce

  • 8

    Remove the meatloaf from the grill and let sit for 15 minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy!

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