Lauren Cobello » Meal Planning » Slow Cooker Recipes » Amazing Slow Cooker BBQ Meatloaf
Meatloaf is one of the greatest comfort foods on the planet. And I’ve got the perfect recipe for you. Best of all, this is a crockpot meatloaf recipe, so it could not get any easier.
And this is like “out-of-this-world” good. Let me put it this way – if Ralphie’s little brother from ‘A Christmas Story’ was served this meatloaf instead of his mother’s, he would have devoured it without having to be tricked into eating “like the piggies eat”.
All of my kids were eating this Crockpot Meatloaf Recipe last night – even my very picky 6 year-old Hannah. In fact, she said, “Mom, this is the best kind of meat that I’ve ever seen. Or tasted too.”
Be warned though – there are some BOLD flavors here. Many recipes use a mix of pork, veal, and beef. But this recipe does better – ground beef and Italian sausage!
Between that, the BBQ sauce and a great blend of spices, your family will be having seconds.
Start by mixing the BBQ sauce with the tomato sauce. This mixture ends up being a nice savory & sweet alternative to the usual ketchup. You will use half of this sauce to mix in with the meat and spices, and the other half will be poured on top.
Get your hands dirty and mix it all together!
Form it into a loaf and pour the remaining sauce on top.
4 hours later, THIS is what you got. Amen.
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Looks delicious! Did you use hot or sweettalian sausage?
We used mild italian sausage.
Or you could just mix all the ingredients as stated and put it in the oven @ 350F for 45 min to an hour – depending on your oven.
This looks very yummy, except that I don’t like Italian sausage. Would breakfast pork sausage work instead? Or is the Italian sausage flavor very muted in this?
You can use 100% ground beef it you want, it will make it just as good.
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THis was an awesome recipe! Made it for my family last night and they loved it! I did substitute the meat for my ground beef that I had on hand since we just purchased a 1/4 cow, but it was delicious!
I am so glad you loved it!
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Do you use lean ground meat?
You can use any kind you want. In this recipe we’ve used 80/20 as well as 90/10. Both were great.
Can you cook it in the crock pot on low for 8 hours?
Sure, if that works better for you.
If you doubled the recipe & made a larger loaf how long would you cook it for ?
Try putting in a pkt.of french onion soup also
Does the meatloaf get too greasy in the crockpot? Should you use a very lean ground beef?
Lay carrots across the bottom and place the loaf on top of them. Holds the meat above the grease and cooks the carrots just right.
You can also place 2 slices of bread in a pan and set the meatloaf on top of them.
How well does this freeze?
It freezes great!
Can you cook it in the oven?
Will panko breadcrumbs work?
Can you freeze this after you mix all the ingredients together? And if i doubled the recipe, how long is the cook time?
Was not a fan,pretty sure I did everything right,…just no.
By far the best Meat Loaf I have ever made. The meat was juicy and so tasty and best of all it was so easy. My family are not big meat eaters so to have my family lick their plates and ask for seconds I was totally thrilled. Thank you so very much.
Can I use sweet saugage ? Not ground pork
Yes you can.
I can’t wait to try this! My son has an egg allergy though, would I be able to use an egg substitute or omit it altogether? Thank you! I looove your dump recipes! Have tried many of them!
The egg is what keeps it together so I am unsure of how to use an egg substitute. I wish I could be more of a help 🙁
How would you cook it if you doubled the recipe?
I doubled the recipe and it cooked in the same amount of time. I do have a crock pot brand cooker and it seems to cook hot.
Excited to try this! When would you freeze it? Once combined into a loaf then freeze? Would you need to defrost it before putting in slow cooker?
I made this last night and it was amazing!! I used hot Italian sausage mixed with the beef and threw in some bacon bits! Everyone loved it!
How much ground beef? I see it says 1/2 lb sausage, not sure on the ground beef?
This was so yummy! I will never cook meatloaf in an oven again. Super easy and a crowd pleaser, thanks.