Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf with Brown Sugar-Ketchup Glaze

This easy Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf with Brown Sugar-Ketchup Glaze is loaded with amazing flavors to step up your meatloaf game!! The savory seasoned beef is wrapped with the smoky, salty bacon that pairs perfectly with the most delicious sweet meatloaf glaze ever. Nobody will skip meatloaf night again!

Also try my cheeseburger macaroni, Ikea copycat Swedish meatballs, Mississippi pot roast, sloppy Joe casserole with noodles, cheeseburger sliders and my beef enchilada casserole.


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QUICK & EASY: with everyday common ingredients
AMAZING GLAZE: have them coming back for seconds
MEAL PLANING: my favorite leftovers for sandwiches
Say goodbye to boring dried out meatloaf with this simple bacon wrapped meatloaf recipe in the oven

Two sliced of meatloaf on a bed of mashed potatoes with a fork.

Terrific served with my creamy Boursin cheese mashed potatoes, stovetop Mac and Cheese, garden salad, baked beans from scratch, baked beans with ground beef, and Campbells classic green bean casserole.

Brown sugar-glazed meatloaf on a cutting board.

Ingredients

Ingredients for bacon-wrapped meatloaf on a marble board.
  • Ground Beef – 1 pound
  • Ground Pork – 1 and 1/2 pounds, using the beef and pork meat mix provides the best flavoured meatloaf ever!
  • Bacon – 6 slices of bacon adds so much moisture and flavor, I like to use a smoky bacon but you can use your favorite thick or regular sliced bacon or whatever is on sale
  • Brown Sugar – adds sweetness and flavor to the glaze
  • Ketchup – brown sugar and ketchup make the best easy meatloaf glaze, it is so good you will not make meatloaf again without it
  • Worcestershire Sauce – helps provide more flavor
  • Soy Sauce
  • Breadcrumbs – I used 2 slices of fresh breadcrumbs (whatever you have on hand) as it gives more moisture and flavor to the meatloaf or you can use 1/2 cup of dried breadcrumbs
  • Milk – adds moisture and binds the ingredients together
  • Onions – yellow cooking onions chopped
  • Garlic Cloves – finely chopped garlic
  • Parsley – finely chopped
  • Dry Mustard
  • Eggs
  • Salt & Pepper

Handy tip: Save some glaze

If you are going to use leftovers the next day for sandwiches it is a good idea to save some of the brown sugar glaze in the fridge to add before reheating!! Or make a double batch of ketchup glaze to use as a great condiment.

How to make bacon-wrapped meatloaf recipe with glaze

Preheat oven to 400°F. 

Ketchup, brown sugar and dry mustard in small bowl with spoon.

Prepare the ketchup glaze by combining the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar and soy sauce in a medium bowl. Stir until well combined. Set aside.

Fresh breadcrumbs in a small bowl.

Tear bread into chunky pieces and combine in small bowl with the milk.  Let sit 5 minutes. 

Ground beef, ground pork, worcestershire sauce, onions, egg and milk in small bowl ready to be mixed.

In a large bowl, combine the onion, garlic, dry mustard, eggs, salt and pepper.

Add the bread mixture, ground beef, ground pork and ⅓ cup of the ketchup mixture.  Toss everything with clean hands being careful not to over mix it.  The mixture should be able to hold its shape.

Shape the meat mixture into a loaf shape (approximately 16-inches by 5-inches) and place on rimmed baking sheet or glass baking dish. 

Bacon is wrapped around shaped meatloaf on wire baking rack ready to go into the oven.

Carefully lift the loaf and wrap sliced bacon around the loaf. Brush with remaining ketchup glaze. 

Place on center rack of oven and bake for 15 minutes.  

Reduce oven temperature to 350°F and bake 50 minutes longer or until an internal temperature of 160°F is reach. 

Remove from the oven and allow to rest 15 minutes before serving. 

Storage and freezing instructions

Store in an airtight container or wrap in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.

Freeze meatloaf with glaze when cooled by double wrapping in plastic wrap then a layer of foil wrap for 2 to 3 months.

Thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating for the best results.

You can also cook the meatloaf without the glaze and freeze it. Make and apply the glaze after thawed, before reheating.

Best way to reheat meatloaf

You can apply more brown sugar glaze if you want before reheating.

Reheat in the oven by remove any wraps in a baking dish at 325°F for 25 minutes or until it is heated through.

You can reheat slices of meatloaf in a pan or skillet over a medium heat on the stove with some butter or oil (covered with a lid if you can to retain moisture and help cook evenly) for 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Watch that the glaze does not overcook and caramelize too much.

Reheat a slice of meatloaf quickly in the microwave using a microwave-safe dish with 30 second intervals until heated through.


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Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf with Brown Sugar-Ketchup Glaze


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  • Author: Sandra Flegg
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 16 servings

Description

This easy Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf with Brown Sugar Ketchup Glaze is loaded with amazing flavors to step up your meatloaf game!! The savory seasoned beef is wrapped with the smoky, salty bacon that pairs perfectly with the most delicious sweet meatloaf glaze ever. Nobody will skip meatloaf night again!


Ingredients

1 and 1/4 cups ketchup

1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

1/4 cup light brown sugar

4 teaspooons soy sauce

2 cups fresh crumbled bread

1/2 cup milk

2 onions, chopped

1 Tablespoon finely chopped garlic

1/4 cup finely chopped parsley

1 Tablespoon dry mustard

3 large eggs

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 and 1/2 pounds ground beef

1 pound ground pork

6 slices bacon


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. 
  2. Prepare the ketchup glaze by combining the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar and soy sauce in a medium bowl. Stir until well combined. Set aside.
  3. Tear bread into chunky pieces and combine in small bowl with the milk.  Let sit 5 minutes. 
  4. In a large bowl, combine the onion, garlic, dry mustard, eggs, salt and pepper.
  5. Add the bread mixture, ground beef, ground pork and ⅓ cup of the ketchup mixture.  Toss everything with clean hands being careful not to over mix it.  The mixture should be able to hold its shape.
  6. Shape the meat mixture into a loaf shape (approximately 16-inches by 5-inches) and place on rimmed baking sheet or glass baking dish. 
  7. Carefully lift the loaf and wrap sliced bacon around the loaf. Brush with remaining ketchup glaze. 
  8. Place on center rack of oven and bake for 15 minutes.  
  9. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F and bake 50 minutes longer or until an internal temperature of 160°F is reached.
  10. Remove from the oven and allow to rest 15 minutes before serving. 

Notes

Storage and freezing instructions:

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.

Freeze meatloaf with glaze when cooled by double wrapping in plastic wrap then a layer of foil wrap for 2 to 3 months.

You can also cook the meatloaf without the glaze and freeze it. Make and apply the glaze after thawed, before reheating.

Thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating for the best results.

Best way to reheat meatloaf:

Reheat in the oven by remove any wraps in a baking dish at 325°F for 25 minutes or until it is heated through.

You can apply more brown sugar glaze if you want before reheating.

You can reheat slices of meatloaf in a pan or skillet over a medium heat on the stove with some butter or oil (covered with a lid if you can to retain moisture and help cook evenly) for 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Watch that the glaze does not overcook and caramelize too much.

Reheat a slice of meatloaf quickly in the microwave using a microwave-safe dish with 30 second intervals until heated through.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven Baked
  • Cuisine: American

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