Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf is moist and juicy on the inside, and crunchy on the outside. Easy to make, full of cheese and flavor, it is also budget friendly.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Cover a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and set it aside.
Combine ground beef, milk, egg, onion, garlic, bread crumbs, dried parsley, thyme, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper in a large bowl and mix well with your hands.
Add the cheddar cheese and again mix well.
Shape the beef mix into a loaf shape and set it aside.
Lay half of the bacon strips, one next to each other, vertically across the prepared rimmed baking sheet.
Lift up and fold back the ends of every other bacon strip on one side of the baking sheet. Place a bacon slice perpendicular to the horizontal rows of bacon, on top of the bacon strips that where not fold back. Straighten out the folded bacon strips to cover the strip that has just been placed.
Lift up and fold back the ends of the horizontal bacon strips that are under the vertical bacon strip to the side of the baking sheet. Place a bacon slice right next to the first vertical bacon strip, directly on top of the bacon strips that you did not fold back. Repeat the process of alternating the vertical and horizontal bacon strips until you reach the other end of the horizontal bacon strips.
Check and make sure that the loaf shaped meat is the same length as the bacon weave. If needed reshape it.
Place the loaf shaped meat in the center of the weave. Wrap in bacon, and flip on the other side, meaning that the bacon ends should be tucked under the meat.
Combine all the Glaze ingredients in a bowl until smooth and set aside.
Transfer the dish into the oven and bake for about 70-90 minutes, or until the bacon is crispy and the inside temperature is 160F degrees. Mid baking covers the meatloaf in the prepared glaze. Brush it all over the surface.
Once the meatloaf is done, let it rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing. Serve with your favorite side dish.