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Alabama Meat Loaf

Yield Makes 10 to 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 large green bell pepper, minced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 small onion, minced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 cups soft breadcrumbs
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped smoked ham
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 4 bacon slices

How to Make It

  1. Stir together ground beef and next 11 ingredients in a large bowl just until combined. Shape mixture into 2 (9- x 4-inch) loaves; place in an aluminum foil-lined broiler pan.

  2. Pour half of tomato sauce evenly over each loaf, and arrange 2 bacon slices over each loaf.

  3. Bake at 350° for 1 hour. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

  4. Mini Alabama Meat Loaves: Shape mixture into 12 (2- x 4-inch) loaves, and arrange on a rack in a foil-lined broiler pan. Bake 40 to 45 minutes.

  5. To make ahead: Omit tomato sauce and bacon. Wrap unbaked meat loaf in plastic wrap and foil. Freeze up to 1 month. Thaw in refrigerator overnight, unwrap, and proceed as directed.