Crock-Pot Moist Meatloaf

Do you want to make meatloaf and have people rave about it?

If you are not a meatloaf fan, try this Moist Meatloaf made in a Crock-Pot/Slow Cooker.  It is not only moist but delicious with a great sweet and tangy sauce.  You may just change your mind about meatloaf.  This meatloaf is seasoned well with bell pepper, garlic, onion, and Worcestershire Sauce.  The topping is made with vinegar, dark brown sugar, ketchup, and Worcestershire Sauce.  It is really tasty!

My kids are always suggesting things for me to try cooking like the Pecan Pound Cake with Praline Sauce I posted earlier this week.  They really enjoy my meatloaf and recently asked me why I never made it in the crock-pot.  I immediately said, “What a great idea?”   They all know how much I love and use my crock-pot.  After cooking the meatloaf in my crock-pot, I love it.  I used foil handles I made to put under the meatloaf to be able to pick it up when it was done.   It worked perfectly.  The meatloaf not only had the same delicious taste as normal, but it looked really pretty too.  Use a meat thermometer to test the temperature of the meatloaf.   When the meatloaf reaches 165 degrees, it is ready to remove from the crock-pot.  It will continue to cook a little more.  I cooked this meatloaf on high over 3 1/2 hours.  I used a little over 3 pounds of ground beef.  You could also cook it on low about 6 to 7 hours.

Crock-Pot Meatloaf

Crock-Pot Meatloaf

Crock-Pot Meatloaf

Crock-Pot Meatloaf

Crock-Pot Moist Meatloaf

Crock-Pot Moist Meatloaf


  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 med onion, very finely chopped (see picture)
  • 1/2 bell pepper, very finely chopped (see picture)
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 3/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper


  1. Combine ground beef, onion, bell pepper, bread crumbs, oats, egg, tomato sauce, salt, pepper, and garlic.
  2. Shape into one large loaf and place it in the center of the crock-pot on top of the foil handles.
  3. Add 1/2 of the sauce before baking.
  4. Cook on high 3 12/ hours or low 6 to 7 hours.
  5. The meat loaf is done once it reaches 170 F degrees but take it out of the crock-pot or turn it off once it reaches 165 degrees. This will keep it from drying out. It will finish cooking.
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Crock-Pot Moist Meatloaf SAUCE

Crock-Pot Moist Meatloaf SAUCE


  • 8 tablespoons vinegar
  • 8 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup catsup


  1. Combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. After you bring the sauce to a boil, cut the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Pour half of the sauce over the top of the meatloaf before you bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, if using a meatloaf pan. If using your crock-pot, add the other half of the sauce the last 30 minutes of baking.
  4. Add the rest of the sauce to the meatloaf 10 minutes before removing the meatloaf from the oven.
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Other Crock-Pot/Slow Cooker Recipes you may enjoy on my blog.

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I believe the secret to building stronger families that stick together, communicate more, and love each other is to cook together, eating around the table together, play together, vacation together, and share God’s love.

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  • Kasie April 10, 2014, 1:38 PM

    Thanks! :)

  • dianeroark April 10, 2014, 1:12 PM


    I used old fashioned oats. I have never tried the quick cooking. I am not sure if it would matter.

    You will love this meatloaf. It is super moist and tasty.
    Diane Roark

  • Kasie April 10, 2014, 9:45 AM

    Looks yummy! Definitely going to try this one. But I need a question answered first… Oats? Quick cooking? Old fashioned? Does it matter?

  • dianeroark April 9, 2014, 11:41 AM

    I am glad you caught that. It was confusing. I added the other half of the sauce for the crock-pot meatloaf the last 30 minutes of cooking. When I fix this meatloaf in the oven, I add the rest of the sauce the last 10 minutes of baking it.

    Thanks so much for stopping by.
    Blessings and have a wonderful day!
    Diane Roark

  • vln1502 April 8, 2014, 7:20 PM

    In your crock pot recipe, you add 1/2 of the sauce before cooking, but you never mention the rest of the sauce. In the oven recipe you add the other 1/2 of the sauce for the last 10 minutes of baking…what do you suggest?

  • dianeroark April 8, 2014, 1:28 PM


    NO, the meatloaf is done after 3 1/2 hours in the crock-pot. You do not have to bake it in the oven at all. Did I mention baking it on my crock-pot meatloaf post? I hope what I wrote was not confusing.

    I hope you will consider following my blog.
    Diane Roark
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  • Shirley Easton April 8, 2014, 8:59 AM

    The meatloaf is baked for 45 minutes in the oven after the crockpot cooking?

  • dianeroark March 18, 2014, 8:08 PM


    Thanks so much for featuring my crock-pot moist meatloaf. I truly appreciate it.

    Diane Roark

  • Karly March 18, 2014, 2:48 PM

    Hi Diane!

    I featured your recipe for this week’s Tasty Tuesdays! I hope you’ll stop by and link up again with me this week!


  • dianeroark March 12, 2014, 3:36 PM

    I look forward to sharing each week. Crock-Pot meatloaf is really easy and turns out great. If you try it, make sure you use the foil handles likes I made. It makes it so easy to lift the meatloaf out of the crock-pot.

    Blessings and thanks you so much for your support.
    Diane Roark

  • dianeroark March 12, 2014, 3:32 PM


    Crock-Pot meatloaf is really easy and turns out great. If you try it, make sure you use the foil handles likes I made. It makes it so easy to lift the meatloaf out of the crock-pot.

    Blessings and thanks you so much for your support.
    Diane Roark

  • Gurvy Green March 12, 2014, 1:18 PM

    This looks delicious, I’ve never tried making meatloaf in a crockpot. Looking forward to trying this. Thanks for sharing, coming from Wonderful Wednesdays Blog Hop.

  • Mommy on Demand March 12, 2014, 10:13 AM

    I need to give this a try. Meatloaf is my husbands absolute favorite and I need to try it in the crockpot! Thanks for coming over and sharing at the Happiness is Homemade Link Party, hope to see you back Sunday morning!

  • dianeroark March 11, 2014, 3:04 PM


    This crock-pot meatloaf is truly yummy. Make sure you use the foil handles. It want make a difference in the taste but it will help you remove the meatloaf from the crock-pot.

    Diane Roark
    If you do not already follow my blog, I would love for you to.
    Pecan Pound Cake YUMMY!

  • Daphne March 11, 2014, 2:33 PM

    Good Evening Diane, I have just shown my husband your recipe for crock pot meatloaf….. and guess what…… it is going to be on the menu this Saturday. He said your recipe looks fabulous. I am going to the butchers on Friday and it will be cooking in my slow cooker on Saturday. Thank you for encouraging me to use my slow cooker more often.
    Best Wishes

  • dianeroark March 7, 2014, 7:11 AM


    Thanks Teresa! I would love to have you over for dinner. I am sure we could discuss blogging for hours.
    If you have never tried making meatloaf in your crock-pot, you will have to try it. The foil makes it so easy.
    Diane Roark

  • Teresa March 6, 2014, 10:08 PM

    Looks wonderful. I’m coming over for dinner! :)

  • dianeroark March 6, 2014, 7:19 PM


    Crock-Pot meatloaf turns out great. If you try it, make sure you see my foil tip.
    Thank you so much for stopping by.
    I am giving a way a Gooseberry cookbook at:

    Blessings and thank you for supporting my blog. I would love for you to follow my blog if you do not already.

    Diane Roark

  • Stephanie March 6, 2014, 11:02 AM

    I had no idea that you could make meatloaf in the crock pot, it looks so much more moist and delicious!

  • dianeroark March 6, 2014, 7:05 AM


    You will really enjoy this meatloaf if you enjoy meatloaf. I love the sauce on this meatloaf too. It is sweet and tangy. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving me a message.
    Diane Roark

  • dianeroark March 6, 2014, 7:03 AM


    Now that my kids are all older, they are constantly telling me how I could make a recipe better. Usually, it is from my oldest son. He normally just wants more meat or bacon in it. He means well. He is the one who suggested me fixing my meatloaf in the crock-pot. This time he had a great plan.

    Blessings and thanks for stopping by this morning,
    Diane Roark

  • Janine Huldie March 6, 2014, 6:29 AM

    I love that you tried this on your kid’s suggestion and sounds like it was a surefire hit. My husband would love this one, me not sure, because I am one of those people who are not a huge fan of meatloaf. But thank you for sharing and will totally show to Kevin now!! :)

  • Erlene March 6, 2014, 5:44 AM

    I’m coming over for dinner…lol. I’ve never made meatloaf in the crockpot before. Pinned to try this.

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