This is something I can prepare for a meal and everyone will be glad that I did. It's super easy and can be prepared ahead of time and popped into the oven when the time is right. It stays moist because of the bacon strips over the top. I just recently started making it with the bacon and we love it like that! The homemade barbecue sauce adds a perfect finish.
Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with olive oil spray.
Preheat oven to 350°.
You will need:
4 lbs. ground beef
Bacon slices, to cover the top
2 sleeves Ritz crackers, crushed fine
½-1 cup milk
1 smallish onion, chopped
For the Sauce:
1½ cups ketchep
1 Tablespoon prepared mustard
¾ cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
1 teaspoon garlic powder
The sauce ingredients are approximates, adjust them to your taste.
Combine all sauce ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth.
For the meatloaf:
Combine the eggs, milk, onions, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
Mix well with a wire whisk.
Crush crackers and stir into milk mixture, with a spoon, the whisk just happened to be in there.
Let set till the crackers have absorbed the liquid.
Add ground beef and mix gently by hand. Over mixing will make it too solid.
Place mixture into prepare baking dish and form a neat loaf.
Place bacon strips over the top.
Pour about a half inch of water into pan around meatloaf.
Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, uncovered. Check for doneness in the center. Remove from the oven and get rid of all the juices in the pan. I take it out with a baster.
Spread a generous amount of Homemade Sauce over the top and return to the oven for another 15 minutes.
Remove from the oven and allow to rest a little before slicing. As it was last night I didn't have time to let it rest because the kids were starving ☺(or so they said). That was okay too but it handles better if it has time to rest.
Just a note: The amount you see in the baking dish is not quite all of the 4 lbs that I mixed. To bake all 4 lbs. of mix you would need two baking dishes.
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