Traditionally, meat loaf is ground meat mixed with other ingredients, molded into the shape of a loaf and then baked or smoked. It is usually made with ground beef but other meats like ground lamb, veal, pork, venison, seafood or poultry can be used as well.

Other ingredients are added to the meatloaf to keep it moist. The added ingredients can vary depending on personal taste. Many add cheese or vegetables and cover it with sauce.

Meatloaf has different origins in different cultures. It was first mentioned in a Roman cookery collection in the 5th century. However, it is more often seen as a cousin to the Dutch meatball in Belgian, Scandinavian and German cultures.

In America, its origins can be traced back to scrapple, a mixture of ground pork and cornmeal popular with early German-America immigrants. However, it did not appear in American cookbooks in its contemporary form until the late 19th century.

Today, meatloaf is popular in several countries each having their own versions of the classic dish.

How to Keep your Crock Pot Meatloaf Moist

Because ground beef is prone to drying out, some may be reluctant to prepare it in a crock pot. After all, it seems reasonable that leaving meat in heat for such a long amount of time will cause it to lose its moisture. However, if you follow the right recipe, your meatloaf will be so moist and tender, it will practically fall off your fork.

And cooking in a crock pot is always easy and convenient. Just prepare food and throw it in your crock pot at the beginning of the day. Then, look forward to coming home to the aroma of a nice, home cooked meal.

This meatloaf crock pot recipe is easy to make. Just mix the basic ingredients, form into a loaf and cook. It always comes out perfect, not crusty or dried out.

So tonight, why not take it easy on yourself and make a meal your family is sure to love? Try this recipe and find out how happy it will make your hungry crew!

If you enjoyed this recipe, make sure to check out our German Sauerbraten with Cabbage and Apples Recipe and our Game Day Chili Recipe.

Meatloaf in Crockpot Recipe and Ingredients

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Crock Pot Meatloaf Recipe

  • Author: Moms Who Think
  • Total Time: 8 Hours, 25 Minutes
  • Yield: One Meat Loaf


This meatloaf crock pot recipe is easy to make. Just mix the basic ingredients, form into a loaf and cook. It always comes out perfect, not crusty or dried out.


  1. 2 1/2 pounds ground beef
  2. 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  3. 1/4 cup ketchup
  4. 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  5. 1 egg
  6. 1 cup breadcrumbs
  7. 1/4 cup water
  8. 1 small onion (diced)


  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Form into a loaf to fit crock pot. Place a strip of foil under the meatloaf and place in crock pot, cover with 2 tablespoons ketchup.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  • Prep Time: 25 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 Hours
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Crockpot
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: crock pot meatloaf, meatloaf in crockpot