MGoBBQ: Planked Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf

Submitted by Seth on November 25th, 2016 at 12:39 PM

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Biggest game of the year! I can’t remember being this jacked up for a game in years. If you’re like me, you tend to eat when stressed or pumped up.  Shocker, my "go to" relaxing move is to fire up the grill and cook something.  I also wanted to wrap some protein in a lot of bacon. Hence, the bacon wrapped meatloaf. This one is fun, easy and extremely flavorful.

Ingredients:

  • Bacon
  • Stubbs Sweet Heat Sauce
  • 1.5 LBS ground beef
  • Small Onion - Chopped)
  • Green Bell Pepper (Chopped)
  • Red Bell Pepper (Chopped)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup Bread Crumbs
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Stubbs BBQ Rub
  • Chayder Grilling Planks - MICHIGAN PRODUCT!!!!!

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Start by soaking your Chayder Plank in water for 30 - 60 minutes. The Chayder Plank is not only the best on the market, it’s also owned by a fellow MGOBLOG reader and DIE HARD Wolverine fan. John is based in Michigan and can be found tailgating at the Big House a few times each season.  They can be found on Amazon, so check em out.

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As the plank is soaking, set your grill up for indirect heat at around 325 - 350 degrees. Mix all loaf ingredients until everything is incorporated.

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Take your loaf pan and line it with bacon. I like to overlap the pieces slightly.

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Brush the bacon with your Stubbs Sweet Heat sauce or the Sticky Sweet.  Both work great on this one.

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Add your meatloaf and pack in tightly.

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Now encase it in your bacon. Fold the tops over and press down slightly.

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Add your wet plank to the hot grill and get some char on it.  This takes about 5 minutes over direct heat.

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Turn over so that the charred side is facing up.  Place your loaf pan on top.

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Jiggle and the meatloaf should fall right out.

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Sprinkle with a little rub and let go for about an hour. The bacon will start to crisp at about 40 minutes. This is when we will add some sauce. I like to sauce at about 140 degrees internal.

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The sweeter, the better for me.  I love that sweet sauce.

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We are done once the internal temp hits 165 degrees and the bacon has some crisp to it.

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Remove from the heat and let rest for a few minutes. This bugger is HOT!!!

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This had some great flavor and was perfect on a cold day,  It’s comfort food 101.  Perfect for the biggest game of the year. GO BLUE!

Comments

707oxford

November 25th, 2016 at 12:27 PM ^

Sounds and looks delicious, but one question:

 

In your photos it looks like the bacon is still quite undercooked, especially on the inside portion that is directly in contact with the loaf as well as the portion between the loaf and the plank.  Was this the case? If so, any tips to get 100% of the bacon to be nice and crispy? 

GoBlueBBQ

November 25th, 2016 at 12:34 PM ^

The bacon was limp underneath where it comes in contact with the plank. I like mine that way, but I'm a little odd.  You can remove it from the plank and finish over direct heat to crisp it up if you'd like.  As far as the inside of the bacon that comes in contact with the meatloaf, all was cooked well.  It doesnt get super crispy as the grease from the meatloaf keeps the interior bacon super moist. The exterior is quite crispy until you slather it with the sauce. 

Thanks for asking.