Melt-in-Your-Mouth Meat Loaf
Total TimePrep: 15 min. Cook: 5-1/4 hours + standing
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup whole milk
- 2/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
- 2 teaspoons dried minced onion
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
- 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- Cut three 25x3-in. strips of heavy-duty foil; crisscross so they resemble spokes of a wheel. Place strips on bottom and up sides of a 5-qt. slow cooker. Coat strips with cooking spray.
- Combine the first 6 ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into a round loaf; place in center of strips in slow cooker. Cook, covered, until a thermometer reads at least 160°, 5-6 hours.
- In a small bowl, whisk ketchup, brown sugar, mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Spoon over meat loaf. Cook until heated through, about 15 minutes longer. Using foil strips as handles, remove meat loaf to a platter. Let stand 10-15 minutes before slicing.
Nutrition Facts1 piece: 346 calories, 17g fat (7g saturated fat), 150mg cholesterol, 800mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 28g protein.
Jul 2, 2019
My husband and I are vegan so I was making this for our college-age boys and their girlfriends and to use up the meat in our freezer. They all absolutely loved it. It sounded like it was better than the meatloaf I used to make using an onion soup mix packet. I made a few changes based on the other reviews here, and the fact that I was using 2 lbs of meat instead of 1 1/2 lbs as indicated in the recipe. My meat is in 1 lb packages and I didn't want a 1/2 lb hanging around my frig. I added a little extra of the seasons to compensate for the extra meat, and added a few turns of my pepper grinder since I love black pepper (even though I wouldn't be eating this. lol!) . Also, 1 review suggested adding the sauce to the meat instead of just on top, to add some flavor. So I made the sauce and put about 2 Tbs of it in the meat before shaping into a loaf. I also put the remaining sauce on top at the beginning of cooking instead of waiting till the end, just to make life easier. So, this got rave reviews and the boys sounded interested in making it themselves next time.
Dec 27, 2018
I've been making meatloaf for 50 yrs, sometimes good sometimes just ok. But this recipe is really good. I added some fresh parsley. I will make again. But watch your crockpot mine has different settings
Apr 30, 2018
I checked the magazine this recipe was published in and it says to cook on low. Overall this was good. The edges got a little dried out and it was done in about 3 1/2 hours. I doubled the sauce to use with a leftover meatloaf sandwich. It had too much mustard for my taste if eating it cold, but once it was heated it wasn't over powering.
Apr 16, 2018
My mom had a recipe that was almost exactly like this. She used oatmeal instead of bread crumbs, chopped onions, and two teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce in the meat mixture. She also put the sauce on top when she put it in the oven which made it like a glaze. All of my siblings and I have been making it for over 50 years this way. So many converts from the I hate meatloaf crowd!! lol.. The crock pot made it that much simpler.
Feb 4, 2018
I have made it more than once. The only variation to the recipe is that I use meatloaf mix instead of ground beef. It is the moistest meatloaf you will ever have. The sauce is the icing on the cake. We love it.
Jan 16, 2018
It's OK. Easy and really moist but pretty bland. The topping should have gone in the meatloaf and on top to give it more flavor. I cooked mine in the oven.
Nov 5, 2017
You failed to say what setting on the slow cooker to cook the meatloaf on.
Oct 14, 2017
I agree with others - this is the best meatloaf I’ve ever had, and I’m VERY particular. I drained the fat once during cooking, and again at the end when it rests. I feel it’s important to note: The sauce is an important part of the whole. I will definitely make this again!
Apr 5, 2017
We loved this meatloaf. My husband usually won't eat meatloaf because he hates peppers and onions. This one was so flavorful that the whole family loved it including my 4 year old. I made it in the crockpot and I wish there was a way I could have drained the meat and eliminated the fat/grease. Would've been great if there was a way to elevate the meat in the crockpot so fat dripped down. Next time I might try in a meatloaf pan in the oven that allows grease to drip out. I also don't think this would have served 6 people. I would say this maybe would serve 3-4 adults max. We will definitely make this again.
Feb 6, 2017
This had very little flavor. More like a plain hamburger. Not the best recipe for this site.