As grass fed beef farmers, we are lucky to have a freezer full of health beef always! I love to explore new meals to make with our beef and this is one of our favorite. This is tonight’s dinner and I might even add some jalapenos to that middle cheese goodness.
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 2 eggs
- 2/3 cup breadcrumbs
- Salt pepper and smoked paprika, to taste
- 9 ounces thin-cut bacon
- 4 ounces mozzarella cheese chopped
- 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
Preheat a convection oven to 320° Fahrenheit (conventional ovens to 350°F).
Mix ground beef, eggs, breadcrumbs and spices in a large bowl.
Line a 9×5 inch loaf pan first with parchment paper and then with 2/3 of the bacon, leaving an overhang.
Shape a long log with 2/3 of the meat mixture and fit it inside the loaf pan. Make a groove in the middle and add the mozzarella cheese to it. Cover with the remaining meat mixture. Fold the bacon overhang on top and cover entirely with the remaining 1/3 of bacon. Spread with 1/3 of the barbecue sauce.
Bake in the middle of the preheated oven for 40 minutes. Spread with another 1/3 of the barbecue sauce. Continue baking for another 20 minutes, spread with the remaining sauce and serve hot.