This Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf with Pomegranate BBQ Sauce recipe adds fall flavors to your mealtime repertoire.
I’m never done with Summer’s BBQ flavors before it turns too cold to grill. I know....technically, you can grill even in freezing temps, but you know what I mean! This Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf recipe is hearty enough for harvest season and uses two of my all-time favorites, bacon & BBQ sauce. I make my BBQ sauce from scratch with pomegranate concentrate and keep it in the fridge. If you’ve got a store-bought sauce you love, that’ll do just fine here. Serve Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf With Pomegranate BBQ Sauce with Sour Cream Smashed Potatoes and Broccoli Salad. It's a fabulous fall meal!
You can serve this meatloaf without sauce if you'd like. I recommend overlapping the bacon if that's your plan. That will keep the meatloaf moist in addition to adding flavor.
BACON-WRAPPED MEATLOAF WITH POMEGRANATE BBQ SAUCE
- 1 lb. ground beef 85% lean
- 1 lb. ground pork
- extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 yellow onion diced
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 2 eggs
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoon gluten free Dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoon gluten free Worcestershire sauce
- ½ teaspoon gluten free hot pepper sauce
- ½ cup whole milk dairy or unsweetened almond, coconut or rice
- ⅔ cup gluten free breadcrumbs
- 8-12 strips gluten free bacon
- 1 cup Pomegranate BBQ sauce or other gluten free barbecue sauce
Pomegranate BBQ Sauce
- 2 shallots diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup pomegranate concentrate
- 2 teaspoons gluten free Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon chili powder or more to taste
- ¼ cup cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- ½ teaspoon chili flakes more or less, to taste
- dash of olive oil
- Preheat Oven to 350°F.
- Heat a small sauté pan over medium heat, sauté onion & garlic in extra-virgin olive oil until translucent; set aside. Put meat in large bowl, add oats or bread crumbs on top (do not mix). In a separate bowl, mix seasonings and wet ingredients. Add wet ingredients and onion/garlic mixture to meat, mix thoroughly but don’t over mix, adding a little more milk if necessary.
- Shape loaf on a sheet pan, brush completely with ½ of the BBQ sauce. Wrap strips of bacon over meatloaf, tucking ends under sides to secure. Bake until instant read thermometer measures 160°F, about one hour. Serve with remaining sauce.
For BBQ Sauce
- Combine olive oil, shallots & garlic in a saucepan over medium heat for 3 -5 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pan, reduce to medium-low heat and cook for 15 minutes (or until slightly thickened). Sauce will thicken more as it cools. If a smooth consistency is desired, process in a blender after cooling.
- Serve over grilled or smoked meat or use as a glaze or dipping sauce.
Photo by James Collier