Bacon Barbecue Meat Loaves
Makes 6 servings
  • 1 cup fresh bread crumbs (about 2 slices bread)
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup minced red onion
  • ½ cup barbecue sauce, divided
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pound bacon, slices halved crosswise
  • ¼ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Place 6 (4-inch) cast-iron skillets on a rimmed baking sheet.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together bread crumbs and milk. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  3. Using your hands, stir beef, eggs, onion, ¼ cup barbecue sauce, parsley, salt, garlic, and pepper into bread crumb mixture until well combined. Divide meat mixture among skillets (about ¾ cup each), gently patting to fill skillet.
  4. Divide bacon pieces among skillets, topping meat mixture in a crisscross pattern.
  5. Bake for 40 minutes, rotating skillets after 20 minutes.
  6. In a small bowl, stir together brown sugar, ketchup, and remaining ¼ cup barbecue sauce. Brush glaze onto bacon in each skillet. Increase oven temperature to 425°.
  7. Bake until bacon is browned and crisp and a meat thermometer inserted in the center registers 160°, 5 to 10 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes. Pour off any excess fat before serving, if desired.
You can also bake this as one large meat loaf in a 10-inch skillet.
Recipe by Southern Cast Iron at