Bacon Wrapped BBQ Meatloaf
This post probably isn’t “seasonally appropriate” for my blog. I suppose Bacon Wrapped BBQ Meatloaf doesn’t scream “Spring” like asparagus or strawberries or a fresh squeeze of lemon*, but I decided to go rogue on this one because I believe anything bacon-wrapped transcends seasonality. Besides, barbecue sauce reminds you of Spring and Summer, right? Whatever, like I said, I’m going rogue. Join me.
I love meatloaf (especially with a side of mashed potatoes) and when I saw a recipe for this one wrapped up in a layer of bacon and then smothered in barbecue sauce I knew I had to make it. I lightened up the loaf using ground turkey, lean ground beef and turkey bacon. It turned out super flavorful and I loved the bacon-BBQ coating. It’s also a Weight Watchers or calorie-counting steal at only 6 Green, 5 Blue or 5 Purple myWW SmartPoints or 238 calories for two slices! To view your WW PersonalPoints for this recipe and track it in the WW app or site, click here! I served mine with ½ cup of mashed potatoes and some broccoli for a very satisfying and tasty meal.
*The next recipe I have planned has Spring written all over it, so sticklers, fear not!
Bacon-Wrapped BBQ Meatloaf
- ¾ lb 95% lean ground beef
- ¾ lb extra lean ground turkey breast
- ½ cup chopped onion
- 5 tablespoons barbecue sauce, divided (I used Stubb’s Original)
- 1 tablespoon mustard
- 1 ½ teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 12 fat free saltine crackers, crushed into crumbs
- 1 large egg
- 8 strips raw turkey bacon, I used Oscar Meyer brand
- Pre-heat the oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the beef and turkey and mush together with clean hands until combined. Add the onion, 3 tablespoons of the barbecue sauce, mustard, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, saltine crumbs and egg and lightly mix together. Do not over handle.
- Transfer the meat mixture to the lined baking sheet and form into a 9” x 5” loaf. Lay the strips of bacon in a row to cover the top of the meatloaf, each one slightly overlapping the piece before it. Tuck the ends of the bacon strips underneath the bottom of the meatloaf. Using a silicone pastry brush, brush the remaining 2 tablespoons of barbecue sauce over the entire loaf. Bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes or until your meat thermometer reads 160 degrees. Cut into 12 even slices and serve.
6 per (2 slice) serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com) adapted from Simply Scratch
In my opinion it’s always meatloaf season! can’t wait to try this one!
Maybe because I haven’t yet put my snow shovel away (I used it last week…) I think it is perfect weather for meatloaf! I made a modified version over the weekend; yum!
Emily-how did you make your mashed potatoes? You should do some mashed potato recipes for starch lovers like me 🙂
Check out http://www.skinnytaste.com – she has a great recipe for skinny garlic mashed potatoes that are a 3/4c serving size.
Wow…I love this. It looks so delicious. Probably I like to wrap in few slices of cheese and few stick of asparagus. It should be really nice. 🙂
We’ve tried a bunch of your recipes now, Emily, and this one is our favorite so far! My fiance is a meatloaf-lover and he said this is one of the best he’s had. Thank you for all the awesome recipes and meal ideas!!
I’ve only seen a few meatloaf recipes that include rapped bacon but it sure adds some delicious flavor to the meal. Also, I’ve found that sprinkling shredded cheese, like mozzarella or cheddar, before applying the bacon is a good trick. A healthier cheese option will retain the essence of this being a lower calorie recipe. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks you Emily…My family and I have loved every recipe that I have made from your website!
Emily, I made this a couple of weeks ago – a total yum!! I immediately posted it on pinterest and have been getting repins ever since. In fact this recipe/post has gotten more repins than anything I’ve ever posted. Of course you have the credit!! Thank you for this wonderful recipe!!!
I’m so glad you made a meatloaf without ketchup. Can’t wait to try this.
I made this meatloaf just like this, and it is awesome! My 15 yr old daughter who loves meatloaf thought it was wonderful! Thank You Emily!
Holy moly alive…..thank you for this!! It was phenomenal 🙂
Would it change the point plus value to use Oscar Meyer Center cut Bacon?
Made this for dinner on Saturday night and my boyfriend and I loved it. Fantastic the next day for meatloaf sandwiches!
I’ve been trying your recipes periodically over the last few months, and, I have to say, they are amazing. Some of my favorites are the bacon cheeseburger wraps, french dip cupcakes, and this meatloaf (my husband and I rank new recipes I try from 1-5 stars. My husband took 1 bite and said, “oh my gosh. 5 stars”). Thank you thank you for this wonderful website! It’s so refreshing to make low calorie recipes that my husband actually enjoys.
I am a new blogger and am starting to publish my Menus for the week. This recipe is on the list and we can’t wait to try it out! I would love if you would stop by and check it out sometime!
Bacon and meatloaf?!? YUM!!!! This was so good and simple to make! Thank you!
Made this tonight 🙂 YUMMO!!!! Definitely making its way into our meal rotation!!!
This has become a much requested recipe! Yummy!
This looks awesome, my husband who doesn’t like meatloaf may even enjoy it. But I am confused, in your posting you say it is 6 points for 2 slices, but in the nutritional info it says 8, so which one is it?
Oops, it’s 6…I must have copied it wrong when I reformatted the post. I can’t fix it until I’m at my computer (I’m on my phone now) but I will tonight. Thanks for the heads up and sorry for the confusion!
Hubby hogged the leftovers! :-/
Could I use store bought breadcrumbs instead of the crackers? How much would I use?
I did 6 servings in the recipe builder and it’s 8 freestyle points not 5 for two slices. When I did 12 servings and then 2 slices it’s 4 points.
I’m doing low carb, almost KETO, and am wondering if I substitute almond flour for the crackers how much you would suggest.
If I substitute almond flour for the crackers, how much would you advise? I’m following a low-carb, nearly KETO diet.
I would love to help, but I have never tried this so I really can’t advise!
This recipe has so far been our favorite among those we’ve tried, Emily, after sampling a number of them. My fiance loves meatloaf and thinks this is some of the best he has ever had. I appreciate all the wonderful supper ideas and recipes.
I love this amazing dish!