Mama Spice's Take on
Papou's MeatLoaf


Papou (my father) made the best meatloaf... EVER!  He would mix all of the ingredients, make a big huge loaf, wrap it in bacon and put it in the oven.  About an hour later, the most magical and tastiest dish would emerge from the oven filling the house with an aroma that would draw the family from the furthest parts of the house to the dinner table.  He would vary the gravy from time to time but most commonly served it with a homemade tangy ketchup.  The recipe that follows is my version of Papou's meatloaf.  Hungry Gene Lamb Rub is featured in this recipe. (It's not just for lamb!  It's terrific in meatloaf!)

Serves: 6-8

Prep Time: 20 Min

Cook time: 1 hour

Total time: 80 min

(1 hour and 20 min)


Meatloaf ingredients:

  • 2 lbs lean ground beef

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped

  • 2 tablespoons Hungry Gene Lamb Rub

  • 2 large eggs

  • 3 garlic gloves, finely mined

  • 3 tablespoons ketchup

  • 2 slices white bread, toasted and chopped into small pieces

  • 1/3 cup milk

  • 8 slices of bacon (I use hickory smoked although applewood or cherry wood are good alternatives for a slightly different flavor)

Meatloaf sauce ingredients:


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit


Step 1:

For the meatloaf, mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl.  Make sure you mix thoroughly in order to make sure all of the ingredients are equally distributed.  Some have cautioned against too much mixing in that this supposedly makes the meatloaf dense.  I have not experienced that no matter how much I have mixed the ingredients.


Step 2:

Take the meat mixture and put on a foil lined baking pan.  Shape the meat evenly into a loaf. 


Step 3:

Wrap the top and sides of the loaf in bacon slices until the loaf is completely covered in bacon (this should be about 8 slices).

Step 4:

Place the pan containing the meatloaf into the oven and bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes.


Step 5:

While the meatloaf is baking in the oven, prepare the sauce.  Mix all of the sauce ingredients in a small bowl. After the meatloaf has been in the oven for 40 minutes, take the meatloaf out of the oven and baste it in the sauce (don't be afraid to lay it on thick!).









Return the meatloaf to the oven and bake for another 20 minutes or until the internal temperature is 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Rest the meatloaf for about 10 minutes before slicing. Drizzle with any left over sauce and/or drippings from the pan.


Until next time...

Mama Spice


Chef's Tips

To make sure the bacon is crispy, you may wish to broil the meatloaf for an additional 2-5 minutes before taking it out of the oven.