I doubled the recipe using almost 5lbs of 80% beef, did not double the brown sugar in the meat mixture (I thought it would be too sweet for my family). Used one very large onion (which I would use maybe a small/medium) next time. I used every single slice of a 12 oz. package of Applewood smoked bacon (cooked half way on a cookie sheet in the oven) prior to placing over the 2 very large loaves. Sautéed onions in the bacon grease before adding to meat mixture and placed two slices of bread under the loaves (one on a cookie sheet and the other in a glass 9-1/2x11 baking dish. I doubled every single ingredient (including the brown sugar) for the topping and left just a small amount on the side for extra sauce (which we LOVE) and it was NOT TOO MUCH! It was perfect. I used raw apple cider vinegar as I always use for cooking. I had only 2 sleeves of "buttery crackers" which was not enough so I added some plain crackers that I had on hand (worked out fine). My family from 10 to 56 years old loved this meatloaf. My 15 year old stated that it did not need the bacon, which I agreed BUT it gives it a different flavor (in a good way) WITH THE BACON!! What doesn't taste good with bacon?? Thanks for this recipe, I don't think I'll make it any other way from now on :) Bon Appétit
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I doubled the recipe using almost 5lbs of 80% beef, did not double the brown sugar in the meat...