Friday, August 6, 2010

Meatloaf in the Crockpot

The ability to make meatloaf without turning on the oven would open up a new list of foods to my summer cooking list, so when I saw this at A Year of Crockpotting, I knew I would give it a try.

Meatloaf in the Crockpot
technique adapted from A Year of Crockpotting

Your favorite meatloaf recipe
1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup quick oats
2 tablespoons minced onion
2 tablespoons minced celery
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 egg
 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup (or less) milk
Ketchup for garnish on top of meatloaf

Combine all ingredients, except milk. Add milk, a little at a time, until it is a smoother consistency, but not goopy.
You can use a 6 quart crock with a meatloaf pan inside it, or if your meatloaf pan won't fit, use a 4 quart and put the meat directly into the crock. (which is what I did) Spray the crock with non-stick spray, and either put your meatloaf pan or meatloaf itself into the cooker.

Cover and cook on high for 4 hours, or on low for 6-8.  Let the meat sit for about 30 minutes before you slice and serve.

I cooked mine on Low for 3 hours 30 minutes, and the temp was at 170, so I turned it off and let it set for about an hour, until we ate after 5:30.

The verdict?
This worked really well. The meatloaf ended up resting in the crockpot for almost an hour, so it was the perfect consistency to remove from the crock and slice on a cutting board. My husband said it was the best meatloaf he's ever had, which of course, is the best compliment I could ever ask for.

I don't know what percentage fat my meat was because it was from my local farm, but it must have been pretty lean, because I didn't have a lot of fat floating. This was great for leftovers the next day, so it's a great technique that I'll use again.

I'm also sharing this recipe at The Grocery Cart Challenge Recipe Swap.

This recipe is now included in my Creatively Domestic's Freezer Meals ebook for sale on Amazon. To view this recipe and many others, please visit (and buy if you're interested) from that site.


  1. Did you mean to say you cooked it on high for 3 hours 30 minutes?

    1. Low for 3 1/2 hours was long enough! Each slow cooker will be a little different, but this recipe is on the shorter cooking time.