I was inspired today from The Original Bacon Explosion™, the world famous bacon-stuffed, bacon-wrapped Italian sausage.
I also had a pound of bacon in the freezer and some ground beef I found as well. I have done a few weaves of bacon before. On a few dessert recipes as well. This worked out extremely well.
3 lbs ground chuck
1 lb bacon (to wrap)
4 scallions finely chopped
1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
3 tablespoons BBQ Sauce
2 tablespoons Sisters Secret Fragrant Chili’s
1/2 lb good aged old cheddar
Bread crumbs to bind.
I mixed together all of the ingredients and added just enough bread crumbs to bind it together.
Then using a loaf pan as my mold I placed plastic wrap in the cavity. On a cutting board I made my bacon weave. I had 3 slices left over from the pound.Then I just inverted the cutting board over the loaf pad and let the bacon drape in.
After this step it is simply filling in half the ground chuck mixture, placing the cheese with the center, and covering with the rest of the ground chuck mixture.
Once this step is accomplished just adjust the bacon slices to cover. I used the remaining 3 slices of bacon to ensure I had full coverage on the bottom.
This needs to chill in the fridge for a couple of hours.
When your loaf is chilled remove from the mold. I placed mine on my frogmat. Just to make my life easier.
My Traeger grill was set at medium high heat. (300F) I used apple pellets.
I took it to 160F internal temperature.
Ok I admit I tried to wait. Really I did. My impatience got the best of me and I cut into it. OOey gooey cheese came out. I should have waited at least 15 minutes.
It still made for a great dinner.