Serve the man in your life this Crock-Pot Manly Meatloaf and he will be a happy fellow! Plenty of meatloaf for a large family, plus leftovers!
Slow Cooker Manly Meatloaf
This recipe is not for the faint of heart. My husband said he wanted meatloaf for dinner.
A “manly meatloaf” with enough for leftover meatloaf sandwiches for the next day.
Well we are a large family, so a regular meatloaf normally just feeds us for dinner and that’s it.
Not this recipe though…this one has plenty for dinner and leftovers. Get out your big crock-pot (6 quart or larger) for this one because it has 5 pounds of ground beef in it.
To create this recipe I took my grandmother’s meatloaf and my husband’s grandmother’s meatloaf recipes and sort of combined them. How can you go wrong with meatloaf recipes from your grandma?
And let me just tell you, this stuff is good too! The meatloaf comes out moist and tender (because it is is cooking away all day in a moist environment in the slow cooker) and full of flavor. There is onion, garlic, special seasonings and spices and then…this glorious meatloaf is glazed with a delicious sweet and tangy brown sugar/ketchup glaze that is perfect.
NOTE – Several readers have commented about the liquid smoke listed as an ingredient in this recipe. What it is and where they can find it. Liquid smoke is found in most US grocery stores in the spice aisle. It is a liquid flavoring that adds a bit of smokiness flavor to your recipes. Totally optional if you cannot find it but our family likes the flavor it adds. A little goes a long way though.
Of course you can cut the recipe in half if you want to. But if you have a crew to feed or want left overs for sandwiches or just to put the extra in the freezer for another meal (or two) give this recipe a try and let me know what you think!
We have now made this recipe several times over, and let me tell you this is it folks…the best meatloaf I have ever had.
Equipment Needed For Crock-Pot Manly Meatloaf Recipe:
- 6 Quart, 6.5 Quart Or 7 Quart Slow Cooker
- Mixing Bowls
- Liquid Measuring Cup
- Cutting Board
- Measuring Spoons
- Silicone Spatula
- Serving Platter
Frequently Asked Questions
While we have not personally tested this recipe using other meats, our readers have reported great results using various combinations of ground turkey, ground pork and even Italian sausage. So yes, this recipe should work with other types of meat including venison, lamb, turkey, chicken, and pork.
Diced onion, celery or bell peppers would be fantastic additions to this meatloaf. And if you want to hide some vegetables in the meatloaf you can also do shredded carrots or zucchini. Be creative!
As written, using extra lean ground beef (I used 96% lean) this meatloaf does not really release a lot of excess fat when it cooks. However if you are using a higher fat percentage ground beef or other ground meats that have a higher fat content (such as pork or sausage) it may. In that case you may want to raise your meatloaf up a little bit off the bottom of the slow cooker using a rack or balled up aluminum foil to help drain away the excess fat and keep it off the bottom of your meatloaf.
This recipe for Crock-Pot Manly Meatloaf is Weight Watchers Friendly on the new Personal Points plan. You can see the WW personal points for this recipe here on the Weight Watchers website. Click here for MORE of our Weight Watchers Recipes
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Crock-Pot Manly Meatloaf Recipe
- 5 Pounds Extra Lean Ground Beef
- 4 Large Eggs (Beaten)
- 2 Packages Stuffing Mix (Such As Stove-Top Brand)
- 1 Cup Water
- ¼ Cup Prepared Mustard
- ¼ Cup Ketchup
- 3 Cloves Garlic (Minced)
- 1 Teaspoon Liquid Smoke (Optional)
- 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
- 1 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
- 1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
- 1 Teaspoon Dried Rosemary
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients for the meatloaf mixture with your hands until well mixed and all of the dry stuffing mix is incorporated into the meat mixture.
- Dump meat mixture into a 6 quart or larger slow cooker and pat down evenly.
- In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the glaze and mix until combined.
- Pour glaze over the top of the meatloaf and spread evenly with a silicone spatula.
- Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours, or until the internal temperature of the meatloaf registers 155 to 160° F (68 to 71° F).
- Turn slow cooker to the OFF setting and let the meatloaf rest for 10 minutes in the slow cooker. Carefully lift meatloaf out of the slow cooker and place on a serving platter or large plate to serve.