BBQ Meatloaf with a Bacon Weave

January 14, 2016

BBQ Meatloaf with a Bacon WeaveLet’s just acknowledge that meatloaf kind of gets a bad rap these days. Nobody is clamoring for a big ol’ slice of Grammy’s gray, dry meatloaf with ketchup slathered on top. This meatloaf though…… oh this BBQ meatloaf. This meatloaf brings all the boys to the yard.

BBQ Meatloaf with Bacon Weave

Tender ground beef is supremely seasoned with peppers, onions, and garlic then wrapped in a heavenly bacon weave. Luscious, I tell you. The whole thing is roasted to beautiful golden perfection on my grill and lovingly glazed in BBQ sauce for a color and flavor that will blow everybody’s mind.

BBQ Bacon Meatloaf

This recipe will make you a meatloaf lover. When I posted a picture of this meatloaf on Instagram earlier this week, I claimed the title of Best Housewife Ever and nobody disputed it. You can claim whatever title you want after making this meatloaf and people will be on board. Supreme Leader of the Grilling Realm? Done. Own it! P.S., check out my little cutie who couldn’t wait for a taste.

Max Loves BBQ Meatloaf with a Bacon Weave

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bbq meatloaf
BBQ Meatloaf with a Bacon Weave
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
Tender ground beef is supremely seasoned with peppers, onions and garlic then wrapped in a heavenly bacon weave. Luscious, I tell you. The whole thing is roasted to beautiful golden perfection on my grill and lovingly glazed in BBQ sauce for a color and flavor that will blow everybody's mind.
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Barbecue, Comfort Food
Servings: 5 people
  • 10 slices bacon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup red onion diced
  • 1/2 cup yellow bell pepper diced
  • 2 teaspoons garlic minced
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce like Cholula
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons BBQ sauce
  1. Preheat your grill for indirect heat at about 375 degrees.
  2. In a large saute pan, heat the olive oil. Stir in the onions and peppers and cook for 5-7 minutes. Add in the minced garlic and cook for an additional minute. Turn off the heat and allow to cool.
  3. In a large mixing bowl add the ground beef, breadcrumbs, eggs, 1/2 cup BBQ sauce, mustard, Worcestershire, hot sauce, salt, and pepper. Add in the cooled pepper and onions and gently combine with your hands.
  4. Use the 10 pieces of bacon to create a bacon weave on a piece of parchment paper. Place the meatloaf on the middle of the weave and shape into a log.
  5. Roll the bacon weave over the meatloaf mixture and secure the ends with toothpicks.
  6. Carefully transfer your meatloaf to your grill grate, close the lid and cook for 45 minutes. Glaze with the BBQ sauce and continue cooking until the internal temperature of the meatloaf reaches 160 degrees.
  7. Allow the meatloaf to cool for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
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13 thoughts on “BBQ Meatloaf with a Bacon Weave

    1. Erin, my husband is the same way! I tried so many recipes over the years and he didn’t love any of them. This was the winner that finally converted him. The bacon weave didn’t hurt, for sure! Haha.

  1. Oh my word this looks amazing. I don’t know why meatloaf gets such a bad rap! It’s awesome! I love your site and I’m excited to follow you and will *definitely* be making this!! I took a grilling hiatus because, you know, it’s winter. But the past two nights I decided to grill dinner…outside….take that snow and cold. 😉

    1. Oh Laura! Thanks for the sweet comment! I love that you are sticking it to winter and busting out the grill. I think grilled food tastes even better in winter. Grill on, girl!

  2. Wow just the ticket to shake up an ordinary meatloaf. Going to put both this and the Jack’s up meatloaf on the smoker today. Gotta do the comparison test ya konw

  3. Wow, best meatloaf I have ever eaten!! I smoked it and was great..Only complaint seemed like 2 eggs was too much, made the hamburger very runny, ended up having to add way more bread crumbs.,,Will compensate next time.
    BTW your website could really use a search function.

  4. What about being runny? I just mixed it up for a cook tomorrow and I agree it is runny. I’ll try it like this and see what happens.

    1. Love the meatloaf, my only issue/ question is everytime I do a bacon weave the outside of the bacon looks nice and done but the underside of the bacon comes out soggy and looks almost raw.

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