For clarification, the Maurer family definition of "killer": a meal that is beyond good; a ranking of 6 stars out of 5; a recipe that everyone gobbles up joyfully.
This recipe came about as a combination of two other meatloaf recipes that I'd come across. One was from one of my all-time favorite paleo blogs, EverydayPaleo. The other was a recipe that Deb posted in the forums over at EPLifeFit. Both had some great ideas so I took what we thought we'd like, scaled down to size for our family, and this is what I got! Thanks ladies for the foundation of two great recipes that I could build on!
12 oz package of pork sausage (however spicy you like it, we get mild Italian)
1.5 # ground beef (our half cow is packaged in 1.5# for the ground beef, so this is convenient for us)
tomato paste to taste. (I use half to full 6oz can)
1/2 red onion, diced fine
couple handfuls of smashed up pork rinds
seasoning to taste: garlic powder, sea salt, dry basil, red pepper flakes
bacon, 1/2 to 1 package
Preheat oven to 350.
Mix all ingredients by hand in a large bowl.
Form into a loaf in a large glass pan. I used a 9x13 pyrex.
Weave bacon over the top of the meatloaf. Depending on how much bacon you like and how well you weave it, you'll use anywhere from 1/2 to 1 full package.
Bake 1 hour and check temp. Needs to be 170 in middle, continue cooking til done. Mine takes about 1.5 hours. I like to broil it for about 5 minutes at the end to crisp up the bacon a little more.
The after baking deliciousness.
Please let me know if you try it and what you think! :)