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Crock-Pot Moist Meatloaf

Crock-Pot Moist Meatloaf

Do you want to make meatloaf and have people rave about it? Have you ever tried to prepare meatloaf in your crock-pot? I share secrets for making a terrific Crock-Pot Moist Meatloaf.

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 Crock-Pot Moist 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.  Trust me with this Crock-Pot Moist Meatloaf is it super scrumptious!

My kids are always suggesting things for me to try cooking like the Pecan Pound Cake with Praline Sauce.  They came up with it, and it turn out amazing.  They 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 pretty too.  Use a meat thermometer to test the temperature of the meatloaf.   When the Crock-Pot Moist 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.

We all live life at a hectic pace.  The time we have to spend in the kitchen, especially during the week, is getting less and less.  But thanks to my friend the crock-pot, we can still have a delicious meal with little time spent in the kitchen.

My Crock-Pot makes me feel like June Cleaver.

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Crock-Pot Meatloaf

Crock-Pot Meatloaf

Crock-Pot Meatloaf

Crock-Pot Moist Meatloaf
  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • ½ cup dry bread crumbs
  • ½ cup oats
  • 1 med onion, very finely chopped (see picture)
  • ½ bell pepper, very finely chopped (see picture)
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 beaten egg
  • ¾ cup tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ 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 ½ 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.

Crock-Pot Moist Meatloaf SAUCE
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Recipe type: entree
Cuisine: American
  • 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.


Other Crock-Pot/Slow Cooker Recipes you may enjoy on my blog.

Moist Meatloaf
Moist Meatloaf in Cast Iron skillet, meatloaf pan, and muffin tins.

35 Responses to Crock-Pot Moist Meatloaf

  1. I made this meatloaf yesterday and it was outstanding. My husband who is 65 and has eaten lots of meatloaf including my own recipe i’ve been making for years said that this was theeeeeee best meatloaf he’s ever had. I guess that means this recipe is a handsdown keeper. thank you so much

  2. Very nice recipe, had to try it since I have a rarely used a crock-pot laying around gathering dust.

    Aside from smoking a bit more than expected it was all good and tasted delicious.

  3. Diane, this is brilliant. I LOVE using my crock pot all year, but especially during warmer weather so I don’t heat up my kitchen. I cannot wait to try this- thank you so much!!

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  5. Hi Diane,

    Three things:

    1. You remind me of Chonda Pierce (I love her).
    2. This looks terrific and is very similar to my own recipe. I sometimes add sharp cheddar cheese in the center of my loaf.
    3. While I am certain this is wonderful, I have found another way of cooking my meatloaf that is beyond dynamite: cooked in a Ron Popeil Rotisserie Oven. Oh. My. STARS!!! I ‘line’ the bottom of the rotisserie basket with a couple of slices of onion and slices of bread, place the meatloaf mixture on top of that, and top that with more slices of onion and slices of bread. Cook 1 1/2 hours. WOWZERS! We fight over who gets the bread… crisp on the outside, slightly soggy on the reverse and overflowing with flavor…

    Continued blessings to you,

    • Cyndi,

      I only wish I was funny like Chonda Pierce. I love her. She has been through so much but she still finds Joy. I heard she lost her husband a year or so ago. Anyway, I am so thrilled you found Recipes for our Daily Bread. I love your bread and onions idea. I will have to try it the next time I make this Crock-Pot Meatloaf or even cook it in the oven. Thanks for the tip.

      Thank you again for supporting my blog.
      Diane Roark
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  6. Looks yummy! Definitely going to try this one. But I need a question answered first… Oats? Quick cooking? Old fashioned? Does it matter?

  7. 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?

    • 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

  8. 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.

    • Gurvy,

      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

  9. 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!

    • 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

  10. 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

    • Teresa,

      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

  11. 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!! :)

    • Janine,

      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

    • Erlene,

      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

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