Hearty bacon Meatloaf Appetizer Bundles: Crispy bacon wrapped around meatloaf bundles, brushed with bbq sauce for a filling and comfort food appetizer! Ideal for the holiday party season because they are filling and delicious!
Do not pack the meat too tightly, you want to use a lighter touch so that the meatloaf bundle does not get too compacted allowing for a lighter moist (versus heavy, hard) final product meatloaf.
Form the meat into log like bundles. (You should get about 24 of them.)
Cut the bacon in half width wise. Then cut it in half length wise. You will end up with four strips from each piece of bacon.
Use 3 strips on each bundle of bacon. Make sure the ends of the bacon end up on the bottom so that when they bake they are held in place.
If you are making these ahead, you can place these in the fridge and cover with plastic until 1 hour before you are ready to bake them.
Place bundle on a baking sheet and bake at 350 for 25 mins. Remove from the oven and increase the temp to 400° Baste the bundle with bbq sauce and put back into the oven for 5-10 minutes carefully watching to make sure they don't burn. Every oven is different, but you are crisping the bacon and caramelizing the bbq sauce.
Remove from the oven, baste one additional time before serving. Serve with additional bbq sauce as a dipping sauce.
Cooking time does not include rest time in fridge for 1 hour to set.