I also have to let you know, that Kingsford charcoal and I are making amends. I'm swallowing my pride, eating some crow and buying another bag today. I have two reasons for doing this. First, if I want to enter a cook off this summer, I better learn to use Kingsford. And second, as I thought about it, I think I let the frustration and my inexperience cloud my judgment. I'll let you know how it all works out after I've used a bag or two!
On to today's recipe! This is probably a recipe everyone already has, but since there wasn't much left in my fridge, this is what you get. The meatloaf recipe is off the back of a box of Lipton Onion Soup, and I dressed it up with the toppings.
Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf
12" dutch oven
1 envelope Lipton Onion Soup Mix
2 lbs. ground beef
3/4 cup dry bread crumbs (I used oatmeal)
3/4 cup water (I used milk)
1/3 cup ketchup
6 bacon strips
BBQ sauce or ketchup
caramelized onions (french fried would work too)
In a large bowl, combine the soup mix, beef, bread crumbs, eggs, water and 1/3 cup ketchup. Mix well. Form into a loaf and put inside your dutch oven. Top with bacon strips. Bake at 350* for 45 minutes. Top meatloaf with BBQ sauce or ketchup, cheese and onions and bake 10 minutes more or until meat is cooked through. Serves 8.
The Finished Product
Sorry, I started cutting into it before I remembered to take a pic!
What is it about bacon that makes everything better? This is the first time I've put bacon on meatloaf, and it won't be the last! I've tried a lot of meatloaf recipes, and with the exception of the spinach stuffed one I did a while back, this is my favorite. Even my kids liked it, and thats saying something. This was a huge loaf, and even though there wasn't a bite left, the kids were still asking for more. I think this will have to be my go to recipe for meatloaf. Grade A-.