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Crock Pot Meatloaf Recipe Secrets

By |2020-09-30T10:45:32-05:00September 16th, 2020|Beef, Entrees, Fall, Slow Cooker|36 Comments

You want to make meatloaf and have people rave about it?  Your family will love this Crock Pot Meatloaf Recipe.  This recipe is full of tips and secrets.

If you had rather prepare your meatloaf in the oven, see my fabulous Super Moist Meatloaf Recipe Your family will love this classic comfort food.

  This Crock Pot Meatloaf recipe is

Crock Pot 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 Crock Pot Meatloaf Recipe?

This recipe is my Southern Meatloaf recipe that I adapted for my slow cooker.

Miss Daisy Celebrates Tennessee is where the meatloaf recipe came from, although I have changed it a little over the years.  I used 3 pounds of ground beef instead of 2 lbs.  I also used 1/2 chopped bell pepper, 1/2 cup oats, Worcestershire Sauce, and tomato sauce instead of catsup.

My Kids Gave Me The Idea For Crock Pot Meatloaf

My kids are always suggesting things for me to try cooking like the Pecan Pound Cake with Praline Sauce.  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.

If you are not a meatloaf fan, try this moist Slow Cooker Meatloaf.  Nothing says comfort food better than meatloaf.  This meatloaf is not only moist but delicious. Plus, the sauce is sweet and tangy magic.  You may change your mind about meatloaf after giving this moist slow cooker meatloaf a try.

What is in this Crock Pot Meatloaf Recipe?

This crock-pot moist meatloaf is seasoned well with bell pepper, garlic, onion, and Worcestershire Sauce.  The topping uses vinegar, dark brown sugar, ketchup, and Worcestershire Sauce.  Trust me with this Crock-Pot Moist Meatloaf is it super tasty.  If you had rather prepare this meatloaf cooked in the oven, you could find the instructions here.

First Step: Cooking Spray & Foil Handles (see below)

Second Step: Ground Beef

Third Step: Shape Beef

Fourth Step: Sauce

Fourth Step: Cook



  • Use heavy-duty aluminum foil to make a handle lift the meatloaf out of the slow cooker.
Make foil handles to lift your meat out of the slow cooker.

Make Foil Handles to lift the meatloaf out of the slow cooker.

  • Cut two pieces of heavy-duty foil 8 inches wide by 20 inches in length for a 7-quart slow cooker.
  • Fold the heavy foil in half so that it is 4 inches wide.
  • Place the foil crisscross at the bottom of a 7-quart slow cooker. Spray the slow cooker with 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.
For your meat and place it on top of the foil handles.

For the ground beef into the shape of meatloaf and place it in the bottom of the slow cooker and foil handles.

  • 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.

Let Your Meatloaf Cool

If you cut into your meatloaf while it is still hot, it will fall apart.

What can I use If I do not have any bread crumbs?

Crushed crackers make an excellent bread crumb substitute in meatloaf.  You could also use crushed stuffing.

Foil Handles Are The Secret To Getting The Meatloaf Out Crock Pot

Use foil handles to put under the meatloaf to pick it up when it is ready.   It worked perfectly.  The meatloaf not only had the same delicious taste as usual, but it looked pretty too.

How do you know when meatloaf is done?

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 crock-pot, we can still have a delicious meal with little time spent in the kitchen.

If you are not a Sweet & Tangy Fan, try one of these meatloaf Glazes.

Apricot-Mustard Sauce: Mix 1 cup of apricot preserves and 1/4 cup Dijon mustard.

Cranberry Glaze: Stir together 1 cup ketchup and 1/2 cup whole cranberry sauce.

Peach-Chile Glaze: Mix 1 cup peach preserves with four teaspoons of Asian chili sauce with garlic.

Next-Day Enjoy Meatloaf Sandwiches

Slice leftover meatloaf into 3/4 inch thick. If you want a larger piece, go for it. On a lightly greased skillet or grill pan, warm the meatloaf on both sides. If you prefer, add a slice of cheese and warm until melted. Serve between bread slices.

See more of my Southern Comfort Food here.  50 Classic Southern Comfort Food Recipes

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Crock Pot 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



  • 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.
  • 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.


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

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Other Fall Slow Cooker Favorites

Slow Cooker Cajan Smothered Steak

This Slow Cooker Cajun Smothered Steak is cooked low and slow in the Slow Cooker until it is fork-tender.  It is the perfect flavorful, hearty meal.

To make this recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 3-1/2 pounds round steak or cube steak
  • flour
  • salt & pepper
  • paprika
  • bell pepper
  • onions
  • garlic
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Lipton onion soup mix
  • Cajun Seasoning

Crock Pot Chicken & Stuffing

This Crock pot Chicken & Stuffing includes all the smells and flavors of fall foods.  It will remind you of a delicious Thanksgiving feast.

You will need the following for this chicken & stuffing recipe: chicken breast, swiss cheese, cream of chicken soup, cream of celery soup, eggs, milk, salt & pepper, and poultry seasoning.

Chicken & Dumplings Slow Cooker

Crock Pot Chicken & Dumplings are much easier to make than the homemade version.  Let your slow cooker do all the work when making delicious comfort food.

You will need the following for this Chicken & Dumplings Crock Pot: chicken breast, celery, onion, bay leaves,  cream of chicken soup, cream of celery soup, salt & pepper, Cajun seasoning, poultry seasoning, and refrigerated biscuits.

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

This Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff is so moist, tender, and full of flavor.

When I serve beef stroganoff, you can hear a pin drop on the table because of the silence.  Everyone enjoys beef Stroganoff.  This crock pot beef stroganoff is so tender you can tear it apart with a fork.  If you enjoy Beef Stroganoff, you have to try this delicious recipe.

Slow Cooker Lasagna

Lasagna is homemade comfort food and a favorite dish for everyone.  Why not give this Slow Cooker Lasagna a try and make everyone happy.

There is nothing like a good lasagna, and this slow cooker lasagna makes cooking lasagna a little easier.  To make it easier to prepare, you do not even have to cook the noodles.  This recipe includes enough sauce so that you can layer the lasagna noodles without cooking them first.  You layered everything in the slow cooker and cooked on low for four hours.   After that, the irresistible goodness is ready for you to enjoy.

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Diane has been in love with cooking ever since she got tossed into the kitchen when she was 13 years old. At 13, Diane’s mom left her family. That experience leads her to discover her love for cooking. In 2011, she started a recipe blog, Recipes For Our Daily Bread. She works full-time developing recipes for her food blog, and brands she uses and loves. Recipes For Our Daily Bread includes quick and easy recipes designed to help people have a homecooked meal around the table. Diane has a passion for building healthy families with communication. She believes one of the best places to communicate as a family and build trust is eating meals around the table.


  1. Michelle January 22, 2019 at 6:51 PM - Reply

    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!

    • Diane Roark January 23, 2019 at 10:49 AM - Reply


      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!
      Diane Roark

  2. Laura November 10, 2018 at 11:56 AM - Reply

    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. Diane Roark August 17, 2016 at 7:13 PM - Reply


    Thank you for stopping by Recipes for our Daily Bread. I sorry you were having trouble finding my meatloaf recipe. Be sure to use the arrows and continue clicking on the post.

    I am adding a direct link.

    Many many blessings,
    Diane Roark

  4. louisa March 15, 2016 at 12:56 AM - Reply

    Looks yummy! Surely gonna try this one. I will be making this recipe for the first time.Hoping for the best.

  5. Sherry December 17, 2015 at 6:26 AM - Reply

    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.

  6. denise November 9, 2015 at 12:51 PM - Reply

    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

  7. Sophie July 11, 2015 at 5:05 PM - Reply

    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.

    • dianeroark July 13, 2015 at 3:11 PM - Reply


      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

  8. Cyndi April 7, 2015 at 2:41 PM - Reply

    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,

    • dianeroark April 7, 2015 at 5:03 PM - Reply


      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

  9. Kasie April 10, 2014 at 9:45 AM - Reply

    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 10, 2014 at 1:12 PM - Reply


      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 at 1:38 PM - Reply

        Thanks! :)

  10. vln1502 April 8, 2014 at 7:20 PM - Reply

    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 9, 2014 at 11:41 AM - Reply

      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

  11. Shirley Easton April 8, 2014 at 8:59 AM - Reply

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

  12. Karly March 18, 2014 at 2:48 PM - Reply

    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 18, 2014 at 8:08 PM - Reply


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

      Diane Roark

  13. Gurvy Green March 12, 2014 at 1:18 PM - Reply

    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.

    • dianeroark March 12, 2014 at 3:32 PM - Reply


      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

  14. Mommy on Demand March 12, 2014 at 10:13 AM - Reply

    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 12, 2014 at 3:36 PM - Reply

      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

  15. Teresa March 6, 2014 at 10:08 PM - Reply

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

    • dianeroark March 7, 2014 at 7:11 AM - Reply


      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

  16. Stephanie March 6, 2014 at 11:02 AM - Reply

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

  17. Janine Huldie March 6, 2014 at 6:29 AM - Reply

    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!! :)

    • dianeroark March 6, 2014 at 7:03 AM - Reply


      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

  18. Erlene March 6, 2014 at 5:44 AM - Reply

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

    • dianeroark March 6, 2014 at 7:05 AM - Reply


      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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