Yes, you can cook a meatloaf in a slow cooker or crockpot.. This easy Slow Cooker Meatloaf Recipe with potatoes and carrots is soon to be a favorite with your family. It is a simple set it & forget it kind of meal that is perfect for busy families.
How to make the Slow Cooker Meatloaf Recipe
Here is how to make meatloaf in a slow cooker. Full recipe below.
Then baste the meatloaf with the sauce recipe and leave in the slow cooker for another half hour on high.
Serve and enjoy!
Tips for Crockpot Meatloaf
Here are a few tips to help with making crockpot meatloaf and potatoes.
Choosing Ground Meat
While it may be tempting to get very lean meat it is not the best meat for meatloaf. Having some fat in the meatloaf mixture helps it maintain moisture. I prefer an 80% ground chuck, but any ground beef at about this percentage will work. Using a mixture of two or more ground meats is a classic trick for great meatloaf. In the recipe I’m sharing a blend of beef and pork is used. Many markets have meatloaf mix already ground by the butcher, which is convenient.
Making meatloaf with leaner meats is possible, but it will require the addition of some fatty meat or some vegetables to have good results.
How Long to Cook Meatloaf in the Crockpot
Timing will vary by several factors. The crockpot meatloaf with potatoes and carrots I’m sharing here with you will take longer than a loaf by itself. Varying the size of the meatloaf will of course effect cooking time as well. Temperature will also change this time required. This crockpot meatloaf recipe is cooked at a low temperature. One set to cook on high will be done sooner.
How to Know if Meatloaf is Done
Regardless of how you choose to cook your crockpot meatloaf a meat thermometer is important to have on hand. Your meatloaf is cooked when it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. This ensures bacteria are killed, while not drying out the meat.
Rest the Meatloaf
Don’t forget to allow the meat to rest before serving. This is less of a concern with a meatloaf cooked on low like the recipe below, but even it benefits from a short rest before cutting. This avoids the juices running out.
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1/2 lb ground pork
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup milk
- 2/3 cup bread crumbs plain
- 1 tsp Kosher salt
- 2 tsp minced dry onions
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp dijon mustard
- 1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 lb carrots peeled & chopped
- 1 1/2 lb potatoes peeled & chopped
Beat the eggs in a large bowl. Then toss in the milk, bread crumbs, onions, thyme, salt and pepper and mix well.
Mix the beef & pork together, then add to the rest of the mixture and mix just until even. (over mixing can make it tough)
Form the meat mixture into a loaf sized to sit in the middle of your slow cooker.
Place the potatoes and carrots around the meatloaf in the crockpot.
Cook on low for 5-6 hours.
Mix together ketchup, brown sugar, mustard and Worcestershire to make a sauce.
Baste the sauce on top of the meatloaf and cook for 30 minutes on high.