It’s hard to improve on a dish as perfect as meatloaf, but that doesn’t stop cooks from trying all sorts of variations. The recipe below takes a classic meatloaf recipe and kicks it up several notches by adding bacon and spicy-sweet barbecue sauce. These little twists turn an old favorite into a seriously crave-worthy meal.
Frying the bacon adds some time to the preparation, but you can do this ahead of time and keep the cooked bacon refrigerated until you’re ready to use it. Even better, why not make the meat mixture and form the loaf the night before? Then all you have to do in the morning is pop it in the slow cooker and turn it on. You’ll be thanking yourself at the end of the day.