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Baked Bacon-Weaved Meatloaf

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Hickory

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.

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Meatloaf

  • 1 Medium carrot, diced or grated

  • 1 Stalk celery, finely chopped

  • 4 Ounce mushrooms, finely chopped

  • 1/2 Medium red onion, finely chopped

  • Olive oil

main

  • 3 Pound 80/20 ground beef

  • 2 Clove garlic cloves, grated or chopped

  • 3 Sprig fresh thyme, leaves only

  • 1 Large egg, beaten

  • 6 Slices cooked bacon, crumbled

  • 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

  • Traeger Sweet & Heat BBQ Sauce

For Topping

  • 1 Pound thinly sliced bacon

  • 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

  • 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.

    • 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.

    • 3 Pound 80/20 ground beef

    • 2 Clove garlic cloves, grated or chopped

    • 3 Sprig fresh thyme, leaves only

    • 1 Large egg, beaten

    • 6 Slices cooked bacon, crumbled

    • 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.

    • 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.
  • 6

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

    325 ˚F

  • 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

    160 ˚F

    • 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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