Saturday, January 12, 2013

He-Man Meatloaf makes Men Go Crazy. . . Bacon, Brown Sugar and it's NOT MUSHY

He-Man Meatloaf
Unlike some meatloaf recipes, which have a lot of bread filler and are soggy with sauce; this meatloaf is moist and delicious, but not mushy. I find that men go crazy over it, especially with the added bacon! I served this last night to a friend who I mentioned had moved North and has missed this ultimate comfort food. He darn-near cried as he ate the third piece and I sent the remainder with him wrapped up in aluminum foil with slices of bread for sandwiches today. 
2 pounds ground brisket or beef
1 pound ground pork
18 saltine crackers, crushed
1/2 bell pepper, diced
1/2 teaspoon cayenne or red pepper flakes, or to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
1 yellow onion, diced
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
3 slices thick hickory bacon, partially cooked – not crisp
3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed divided
3/4 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon vinegar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine first 10 ingredients and ¼ cup brown sugar in medium bowl just until blended. Chill mixture for about 10 minutes. Form into a 10 x 5 loaf. Top with bacon slices which have been cut in half. Place meatloaf on rack lined with foil. Punch holes in foil to allow drippings. Place rack on baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour. Turn broiler on for a few minutes so bacon will crisp. Watch and don’t burn. Stir together ketchup with remaining brown sugar and vinegar; pour over meatloaf. Bake 15 more minutes at 350. Remove from oven; let stand 20 minutes before slicing. NOTE: sometimes I add diced jalapeno peppers.

1 comment:

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Oh my goodness this sounds soooo delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe, I've bookmarked it and will try it soon. hugs ~lynne ~