1 pound ground beef (80% fat)
1 pound ground pork
1/2 medium onion, diced
3 cloves minced garlic
3/4 cup plain bread crumbs (I used Panko bread crumbs)
Stubb’s Bar-B-Q Slider Cookin’ Sauce pack
Stubb’s Bar-B-Q Slider Cookin’ Sauce spice pack
2 eggs, lightly beaten
8-10 bacon slices
Stubb’s Bar-B-Q Slider Cookin’ Sauce finishing sauce
Preheat oven to 350° degrees. Line a small rack or a broiling tray (with holes in it) with aluminum foil and poke holes in the foil. Line a baking sheet tray with foil and place the foil-lined rack on top. (This will allow some of the fat to drain while the meatloaf cooks.)
In a large bowl, mix together the ground meats, onion, garlic, bread crumbs, sauce, spices, and eggs with your hands. Mix thoroughly to combine all ingredients and form into a loaf shape, about 3-inches thick. Lay the bacon slices on top of the meatloaf (across the short side) and tuck the ends underneath it. Carefully transfer the meatloaf to the rack and baking tray.
Bake for 45 minutes, then raise heat to 375° degrees (to help crisp up the bacon) and cook another 15 minutes. Pour the finishing sauce over the meatloaf and bake another 15 minutes. Brush the meatloaf with the finishing sauce and drippings that’s around the meatloaf about 7 minutes into this final baking time, if you wish.
Remove the cooked meatloaf from the oven (it should read at least 160° degrees Fahrenheit internally) and let sit for 10-15 minutes before slicing and serving.