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Guy Approved Meatloaf Recipe

Guy Approved Meatloaf

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"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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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 30 mins

    1 hr 40 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 1 1/2 hours.
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  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 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)

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 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.

Feb 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.

Apr 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.

Mar 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.

Jan 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.

Jan 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.

Sep 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!


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  • Calories
  • 430 kcal
  • 21%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 22.3 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 143 mg
  • 48%
  • Fat
  • 25.5 g
  • 39%
  • Fiber
  • 1.4 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 26.5 g
  • 53%
  • Sodium
  • 1082 mg
  • 43%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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