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Easy Bacon Weave Meatloaf

Eliza Cross
This homemade bacon weave meatloaf recipe features the tastiest mix of ground beef, peppers, onions and seasonings. It's topped with crispy bacon, glazed with BBQ sauce, and baked to perfection!
5 from 14 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Cooling time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 55 mins
Course Bacon Dinner Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 604 kcal


  • Large mixing bowl
  • 2 large rimmed baking sheets
  • aluminum foil
  • parchment paper
  • parchment paper
  • paper towels
  • Wooden toothpicks
  • Sharp carving knife


  • 11 slices regular cut smoked bacon
  • 1.5 pounds ground chuck or ground beef 90% lean
  • 1/3 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped green pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup barbecue sauce of your choice


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  •  In a large mixing bowl combine the ground beef, Italian breadcrumbs, and eggs. Gently mix together with your hands. Add the onion, green pepper, Worcestershire, salt, and pepper, and mix just until combined.
  • Use the 11 pieces of bacon to create a bacon weave on one of the parchment-lined baking sheets.
  • Form the meatloaf mixture into a rounded loaf shape on the other parchment lined baking sheet. (Eyeball the loaf size so that it will fit within the dimensions of the bacon weave.)
  • Put the bacon weave pan in the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven to a cooling rack. Blot up the excess grease with paper towels. Let it cool for 10 minutes.
  • Gently use a spatula to transfer the bacon weave to the meatloaf, flipping it over so the browned side is nearest the meatloaf. (This will help the bacon cook evenly.) Tuck it under the meatloaf and secure with toothpicks, if needed.
  • Brush the bacon topped meatloaf all over with the barbecue sauce. Put it in the oven and bake for about an hour, or until the internal temperature of the meatloaf is 160 degrees. (If you like, you can baste it with BBQ sauce while it bakes.)
  • After removing it from the oven, tent with foil and let it rest for 10 minutes to let it cool and firm up before slicing. Dab any excess grease with paper towels. Cut in 8 slices with a sharp knife. Serves 4. Average serving: 2 slices.


Store any uneaten meatloaf covered in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours. Reheat in a 350 degree oven until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F. 


Serving: 2slicesCalories: 604kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 52gFat: 34gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 247mgSodium: 1168mgFiber: 1gSugar: 10g
Keyword bacon wrapped, easy dinners
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