Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf with a Stout & Honey Glaze

A recipe guest post from my wife Kavey, who blogs at Kavey Eats.

We eat first with our eyes, so it's no surprise that I've pinned more food images to my Pinterest boards than any others. One of the recipes that caught my eye was this Guinness & Cheddar Meatloaf from The Galley Gourmet blog. Admittedly, it was the sight of bacon-wrapped meat that drew my eye, but I also liked the sound of the beef, lamb and cheddar meat loaf and the beer and honey glaze.

Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf

We made a few small changes to ingredients, and halved the recipe to serve 4 (or two with generous leftovers). There was some leftover glaze, as indicated in the original recipe, which we poured over the leftovers before reheating.

Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf with a Stout & Honey Glaze

Glaze ingredients:

  • 150 ml stout beer of your choice
  • 50 grams light brown sugar
  • 50 grams (2-3 tablespoons) honey

Meatloaf Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 90 ml stout beer
  • 1 slice white bread, roughly torn
  • 60 ml whole milk
  • 225 grams ground beef
  • 225 grams pound ground lamb
  • 1 large egg
  • 100 grams strong cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 heaped teaspoon umami paste (or 10 grams dried porcini mushrooms, reconstituted and finely chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 200 grams good quality streaky bacon, approximately 12 rashers

First make the glaze by bringing the stout, honey and sugar to a boil, in a small pan, then cooking on a medium heat until the the liquid thickens and reduces to half of the original volume. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

The Glaze Ingredients
Prepare The Glaze

Preheat the oven to 180° C (fan).

Heat the vegetable oil in a frying pan and sauté the onion until just softened and beginning to take on colour.

Add the garlic and fry for another minute.

Add the stout and simmer briskly until the excess liquid has been absorbed or evaporated.

Set onion mixture aside in a bowl to cool down.

Fried Onions

If using porcini mushrooms, add boiling water to reconstitute, soak for 10 minutes, drain and finely chop.

In a bowl, soak the bread in the milk, tossing lightly until soggy but not falling apart.

Soaking The Bread

In a large bowl, combine all meatloaf ingredients except for the bacon. Mix by hand until thoroughly combined. (You can use a food processor for this step if you prefer).

Grate The Cheese
Add The Meat

Line a rimmed baking tray with aluminium foil, transfer the meat mixture onto the foil and shape into a rounded loaf.

Drape the meatloaf with slightly overlapping strips of bacon, tucking the ends under the loaf. Carefully cover the ends of the loaf with additional rashers.

Wrap With Bacon
Wrap With Bacon
Wrapped With Bacon
Wrapped With Bacon

Brush the top of the meatloaf with a few coats of the glaze.

Brush With Glaze
Glazed Meatloaf
Glazed Meatloaf

Bake for 45-50 minutes, basting with the juices, or extra marinade, 2 or 3 times during cooking.

Allow to rest for 5-10 minutes before cutting and serving.

The Finished Meatloaf
Sliced Meatloaf

We both loved this recipe, and will definitely be making it again. Hope you enjoy it too!

This post was originally published 22nd July, 2012. It was last updated 1st June, 2023.