Venison & Bacon Meatloaf

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Introduction: Venison & Bacon Meatloaf

In most dishes we prefer lean ground venison, but there are a few things that really need some fat....burgers & meatloaf are two examples. The added fat helps the dish to bind together, and using bacon for that fat adds to the flavor!

Ingredients:
3 lbs ground venison

12-16 oz package bacon (frozen), ground fine (or dice finely, or use food processor)

meduim onion, diced

medium carrot, grated finely

dehydrated diced bell peppers, 1/8 cup

garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon

onion powder, 1/4 teaspoon

liquid smoke, 1/4 teaspoon

Worcestershire sauce, 1 Tablespoon

ketchup, 1/4 cup (plus some for the top at the end of baking)

water, 1/3 cup

One egg

quick oats (dry), 1/2 cup





Step 1: Grind the Bacon

Working with the bacon while still frozen is much easier. Cut across the strips of bacon, then feed into food grinder or processor. (It's possible to dice the frozen bacon up with a knife, but you will have a less uniform mixture of bacon & venison.) I used the finest blade on my grinder.

Step 2: Adding the Venison

The easiest way to thoroughly mix the ground bacon & ground venison is to run them through the grinder again....alternating a handful of venison, handful of ground bacon, handful of venison....etc.

Then set the meat aside while you get the other ingredients ready.

Step 3: Veggies......shhhh, Don't Tell the Kids!

I just used diced onion & finely grated carrot....but, there are others you could use....cauliflower, summer squash, turnip, whatever you think you can get away with. (Keep in mind that 'green veggies' will be harder to 'hide'.)

A bit of veggies helps keep meatloaf nice & moist!

Step 4: Spice It Up!

In a small bowl, blend together the water, spices & flavorings, and the egg....and beat it well.

Step 5: Fiber!

Oatmeal is great to add to meatloaf, it helps bind the loaf together (so it isn't 'crumbly').....and its good for you! And it 'hides' in meatloaf really well....'oatmeal haters' will never know its there!

Add the oatmeal to the small bowl of seasonings, etc and stir well.

Step 6: Mixing It All Up....getting Ready to Bake

Combine the veggies, the flavorings/egg/oatmeal mixture & the ground meat together.....mix them together well!

Lightly spray a loaf pan with oil, put in the meat mixture, smooth the top....and its ready for the oven.

Step 7: 350F....for About an Hour

Bake it in a (preheated) 350F oven for about an hour, the meatloaf had just started pulling away from the sides of the pan.

Cover the top with ketchup (or BBQ sauce) during the last 10 - 15 minutes.

I always use a meat thermometer...especially when cooking pork & chicken. Since this dish contains pork, you want the internal temperature to come up to 170F.

Step 8: Ready for Dinner!

It's best if you pull the meatloaf out of the oven & let it 'rest' for about 10 minutes before slicing. (This is true of any meat that you cook in an oven.)

I hope you enjoy this recipe (which is my own), and if you 'tweak it a little' to suit your tastes, I'd love to hear what changes you made!

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    "Thank you", to everyone who commented with such positive remarks! I'm so glad that everyone enjoyed it as much as we do.

    In most dishes I prefer very "lean", but some dishes really need some 'fat'. And who doesn't love bacon?

    Thanks for trying it! Glad you found it enjoyable.

    It is a favorite of mine, happy you liked it.

    Glad you enjoyed it!

    best meat laof ever

    best Meatloaf

    Thanks to all who have commented!

    Tomorrow is the first day of the 'modern gun' deer season here. With 3 grandchildren & their father all hunting, we should be restocking our freezers.

    2 replies

    Yes, it is! I'm glad you agree.

    I haven't made it for a while, I don't use my oven as much during the summer months. But now that we're having cooler weather.....it's time to get a meatloaf in the oven!

    Great! Glad you enjoyed it!

    I Made It yesterday... its Delicious..so Yumy.. best meat laof ever

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    Yes, it IS!!! =)

    I'm glad you enjoyed it!