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For Gus – Succulent Death, Step-by-Step

Mike has a buddy in the armed forces who is overseas right now. (Hi Gus!) Mike told Gus that he’d document our first attempt at the Succulent Death recipe (inspired by the Bacon Explosion one). Mike also claims that the happiness of many a solder over there relies on this post (*roll eyes here*).

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Step 1

Create a 5×5 weave of bacon. It’s best to use the thick cut kind.

We actually created two of these, so you’ll see two 5×5 monstrosities throughout the documenting process.

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(For all you boys out there, that’s:
“Over, under, over, under, over.”
And then:
“Under, over, under, over, under.”
Repeat 1.5 more times. 😉 )

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100_4016Step 2

Sprinkle BBQ seasoning over the weave.

We used the Pampered Chef BBQ Seasoning.

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100_40191Step 3

Spread uncooked meatloaf recipe over the entire weave. Make sure that you spread it all the way to the edges, and that it’s the same thickness the whole way across.

Mike’s mom’s meatloaf recipe is to die for. If you would like it, feel free to email me, but I’m not going to publish it. Sorry! 🙂

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100_4024Step 4

Spread mashed potatoes over the meatloaf.

We used Dinner’s Choice Garlic Mashed Potatoes. A huge shortcut for things like this. (Great for Shepherd’s Pie as well…)

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100_4026Step 5

Squirt some BBQ sauce over the potatoes.

We used Sweet Baby Ray’s Hickory and Brown Sugar.

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100_4030Step 6

Carefully separate the meatloaf layer from the bacon layer.

Roll the meatloaf layer up from one end to the other.

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100_4034Step 7

We had 4 pieces of bacon left over after the weave, so Mike stuck them on the ends of the meatloaf roll to keep it all contained.

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100_4036Step 8

Roll the meatloaf back toward the opposite end; this time include the bacon layer so you end up with the bacon completely covering the meatloaf.

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100_4040Step 9

Sprinkle the entire roll with more BBQ seasoning.

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100_40421Step 10

Grill it!

We put it on for about an hour, but it could have used at least another half hour. The bacon was a little undercooked.

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Serve it!

As you can see, Mike also grilled up the following: potatoes, green beans, asparagus, hot dogs, zucchini, and peppers.

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Result

OH.MY.GOD. this was sooooo good. 🙂

Observations

Other than cooking it longer, we may try to alter the meatloaf recipe a bit so that it’s a little firmer. Mike was worried that the roll would fall apart (hence the tinfoil under it on the grill). Being able to put the roll directly on the grill might make the bacon cook a bit more as well.