Like most guys, mine has never been a fan of meatloaf, but this recipe guarantees him back for seconds, thanks to some special ingredients.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
1 hr 30 mins
total:
1 hr 40 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • In a large bowl, combine the beef, eggs, onion, barbecue sauce, cracker crumbs, potato chips, liquid smoke, ground black pepper, salt, garlic powder and cayenne pepper and mix well.

  • On a lightly greased cookie sheet, shape the mixture into a loaf. Lay the bacon slices across the width of the loaf so that the entire surface is covered. Cover the loaf loosely with foil.

  • Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 1 1/2 hours.

Nutrition Facts

430 calories; protein 26.5g; carbohydrates 22.3g; fat 25.5g; cholesterol 143.1mg; sodium 1081.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2007
I made this last night for DH and my mom. The only change I made was adding italian style bread crumbs since I was out of crackers. I used the last part of a bag of Cape Cod Sea Salt and Cracked Black Pepper flavored chips. It was awesome! My DH (lover of all things meatloaf) proclaimed this "the best meatloaf I have ever had!" I swear there was a tear in his eye! All evening after dinner he would sniff the air (it did smell wonderful) and say "boy that meatloaf was good!" I suspect that at lunch time DH and my mom will be trying to outwit each other to make a sandwich out of the last piece. I only hope that before they hurt each other they realize that I snuck it out in my lunch bag when I left for work this morning. (insert diabolical laugh here) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
08/08/2011
I don't know if it was because we used organic grass-fed beef (with a low fat content) but this was pretty terrible. On the dry side very crumbly/chunky and not very flavorful. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 108
  • 3 star values: 43
  • 2 star values: 14
  • 1 star values: 10
Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2007
I made this last night for DH and my mom. The only change I made was adding italian style bread crumbs since I was out of crackers. I used the last part of a bag of Cape Cod Sea Salt and Cracked Black Pepper flavored chips. It was awesome! My DH (lover of all things meatloaf) proclaimed this "the best meatloaf I have ever had!" I swear there was a tear in his eye! All evening after dinner he would sniff the air (it did smell wonderful) and say "boy that meatloaf was good!" I suspect that at lunch time DH and my mom will be trying to outwit each other to make a sandwich out of the last piece. I only hope that before they hurt each other they realize that I snuck it out in my lunch bag when I left for work this morning. (insert diabolical laugh here) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2007
Oh my gosh this was incredible! I'm not even that much of a meatloaf person but I am now. Sooooo moist and flavorful. I followed the advice of some of the other recommendations and slathered on a bunch of extra BBQ sauce under the bacon (heaven) used seasoned breadcrumbs instead of crushed crackers (fabulous) upped the spices as I do with everything and only cooked it for about an hour. It was perfectly done and everyone who ate it was obsessed about getting the recipe from me. Also for a novice/fearful chef like me it was super-easy to make and hard to screw up which is always a plus. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2007
Excellent recipe. My wife was so impressed with the way the meatloaf turned out that she wants me to continue making it this way.I didn't use any liquid smoke because I didn't have any but I did use both Lays BBQ chips and original Lays.And I also used Cattlemen's Classic BBQ sauce and cooked the bacon first separate from the meatloaf. Towards the last ten minutes of cook time I layered the bacon over the top and added shredded mild cheddar cheese. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/26/2007
This recipe rocks! I tried this recipe three times b4 deciding on the alterations that I liked best. I used 1.25 lbs ground Bison not ground beef. No onion crackers or potato chips. Used 1 cup plain bread crumbs. Increase to 1.5 tsp liquid smoke flavoring. Increase to 1 tsp ground black pepper. Decrease to 1/4 tsp salt. FYI for the beef lovers in your family: Bison tastes like beef only much more flavor more intense. Bison are healthier b/c they can't live contained. They must eat on the free range. Bison are leaner too. The first two times I made this recipe I used beef. The meatloaf was great but... then I did the same recipe with Bison and the meat loaf was AMAZINGly tender lean tasty! It was super great! I bought my ground bison at the Whole Foods Market an organic grocery chain store. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2007
Recipe works great as is - but I use one pound of ground beef bread crumbs instead of crackers and no bacon to cut down on the calories. Hubby loves it. Note that you need to use a chip like Lays since higher quality chips don't disentegrate and get soggy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/27/2006
WOW! the whole family really liked this one. My husband is NOT a huge fan of meatloaf and he actually took leftovers to work. My four year old son also asked the next morning if he could have it for lunch. I will absolutly be using this one again. I did pour some BBQ sauce over the top then put the bacon on. I have recommended this to many people. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/17/2008
Mr. LTH really enjoyed this meatloaf (me not so much but just due to personal tastes-I'm not much of a BBQ flavorish fan). I made as is except I made/cooked in a muffin tin rather than in a loaf (cut bake time in half-about 35 min til they read 160 on a meat thermometer). The meat mixture was a little wet/sloppy and I was concerned when forming the muffins but they turned out perfectly. If you enjoy BBQish tasting things try this for sure! THANK YOU for a great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/24/2008
Excellent! I doubled this recipe and used 1lb of ground pork to replce part of the beef. I did have to take the foil off the top about halfway through because my bacon wasn't browning. It still wasn't crisp by the end time (which was right on for the meatloaf) so I browned it under the broiler for a few minutes. I made some of 'that sauce' on the side in case people missed it. My guys approved!!! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/18/2003
My whole family loved it! The barbecue sauce really makes a difference I will add more next time. I took off the foil and broiled it for a minute or so to brown the hamburger and it was perfect!!! A Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
08/08/2011
I don't know if it was because we used organic grass-fed beef (with a low fat content) but this was pretty terrible. On the dry side very crumbly/chunky and not very flavorful. Read More
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