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CROCK POT MOIST MEATLOAF SECRETS

Do you want to make meatloaf and have people rave about it?  Have you ever tried to prepare meatloaf in your crock-pot?

This post includes tips for making a terrific Crock Pot Moist Meatloaf.

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CROCK POT MOIST MEATLOAF SECRETS FOR EASIEST MEATLOAF

CROCK POT MOIST MEATLOAF SECRETS FOR EASIEST MEATLOAF- This meatloaf is the best ever. Extremely moist and flavorful.

How did I come up with this moist meatloaf recipe?

If you are not a meatloaf fan, try this moist meatloaf made in a Slow Cooker.  Nothing says comfort food better than meatloaf.  This meatloaf is not only moist but delicious.  It has a wonderful sweet and tangy sauce.  You may just change your mind about meatloaf after giving this moist slow cooker meatloaf a try.

What is in this Crock-Pot Moist 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.  If you had rather prepare this meatloaf cooked in the oven, you can find the instructions here.

My Kids Gave Me The Idea For Crock Pot Moist Meatloaf

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 turns 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 crockpot, I love it.

FOIL HANDLES TO LIFT THE MEATLOAF OUT OF THE CROCK POT

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

Use a meat thermometer to test the temperature of the meatloaf.   When the meat reaches 165 degrees, it is ready to remove from the crock-pot.  It will continue to cook a little more.  I cooked this meat on high for 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 crockpot, we can still have a delicious meal with little time spent in the kitchen.

See more of my Southern Comfort Food here.  50 CLASSIC SOUTHERN COMFORT FOOD RECIPES

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CROCK POT MOIST MEATLOAF SECRETS FOR EASIEST MEATLOAF
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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 at the end of this post for making a terrific Crock Pot Moist Meatloaf.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 20 mins
Course: entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef, comfort food, easy recipe, easy recipes, entree, meatloaf, quick & easy
Servings: 10
Calories: 474kcal
Author: Diane @recipesforourdailybread

Ingredients

Instructions

  • MEATLOAF
  • Spray a 7-quart slow cooker with cooking spray.
  • Combine ground beef, onion, bell pepper, breadcrumbs, oats, egg, tomato sauce, salt, pepper, and garlic.
  • Make foil handles. See tips below.
  • Shape into one large loaf and place it in the center of the crock-pot on top of the foil handles.
  • Add ½ of the sauce before baking.
  • Cook on high 3 12/ hours or low 6 to 7 hours.
  • The meatloaf 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.
  • SAUCE
  • Combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • After you bring the sauce to a boil, cut the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • If using your crock-pot, add half of the sauce on top of the meatloaf in the slow cooker. Add the other half of the sauce the last 30 minutes it is in the slow cooker.

Nutrition

Serving: 1piece | Calories: 474kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 113mg | Sodium: 787mg | Potassium: 658mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 420IU | Vitamin C: 12.3mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 4.1mg

Tips: When Making this CROCK POT MOIST MEATLOAF

  • Use heavy-duty aluminum foil to make a handle lift the meatloaf out of the slow cooker.
  • Cut two pieces of heavy-duty foil 8 inches wide by 20 inches in length.  This will fit a 7-quart slow cooker.
  • Fold the heavy foil in half so that it is 4 inches wide.
  • Place the foil crisscross in the bottom of a 7-quart slow cooker that has been sprayed with a cooking spray.
  • Smooth out the foil handles on the bottom of the slow cooker plus equal lengths up the sides of the slow cooker.
  • Cook the meatloaf with half of the sauce.  Save the other half of the sauce to add 30 minutes before removing from the slow cooker.
  • Use a meat thermometer to test the temperature of the meatloaf.
  • Remove the meatloaf from the slow cooker using the foil handles.
  • Place on a dish with a lip to allow the meatloaf to drain.
  • 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.
  • Serve with mashed potatoes and the sauce from the slow cooker.

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36 thoughts on “CROCK POT MOIST MEATLOAF SECRETS”

  1. 5 stars
    This was great!! I followed the recipe exactly. Turned out perfectly! I also placed whole, unpeeled potatoes on top of the meat. They turned out moist and tender. I cooked it all on low for 9 hours, longer than intended, but it still was very moist! I will be making this again! P.S. The foil handles worked perfectly!

    • Michelle,

      Thank you so much for trying my Crock-Pot meatloaf and for letting me know. You made my day! I was so excited to see you enjoy the meatloaf. It is one of our favorites. You can use those foil handles in your slow cooker, pressure cooker (I use them to make cheesecakes in my pressure cooker) or an Instantpot.
      Have a wonderful week!
      Blessings,
      Diane Roark

  2. 5 stars
    This meatloaf was the best I’ve ever made. The only thing that happened, was because of the dry heat, my crockpot completely cracked. It was brand new and now I’ll have to buy a new one. I didn’t see anywhere in this recipe or comments, that I should add water. I cooked it on high for 3 hours. Suggestions?

  3. This recipe sounds Delish! Will there be a lot of drippings at the bottom? If so was thinking about putting some foil in the bottom to set the loaf on. Don’t know if that would work or not.

  4. 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

  5. 5 stars
    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.

    • Sophie,

      I am glad your Crock-Pot Meatloaf tasted delicious. I have no idea why it would smoke. I have made this meatloaf many times and have never had that problem. I truly appreciate you leaving me a comment.
      Many Blessings,
      Diane Roark

  6. 4 stars
    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

    • 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.
      Blessings,
      Diane Roark

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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

    • 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.
      Blessings,
      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.
      Blessings,
      Diane Roark

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