This Slow Cooker Meatloaf has a delicious savory-sweet brown sugar and balsamic glaze on top, and is cooked on a sheet of parchment paper that easily lifts the meatloaf out of the slow cooker when it's done cooking.

Slow Cooker Meatloaf

Yield 8 slices of meatloaf

Ingredients

Meatloaf:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp hot sauce (I used Frank's Buffalo sauce)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • salt and pepper (I did about 1/2 tsp each)
  • 2 Tbsp dried minced onions
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 1/2 tsp)
  • 1 1/4 cups Italian bread crumbs (you may need up to 1/4 cup more)
  • 1 lb lean ground beef (preferably 85/15 or leaner)

Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp dijon mustard

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl whisk the eggs and milk together. Then add the ketchup, mustard, hot sauce, brown sugar, parsley, thyme, salt, pepper, onions, garlic, and bread crumbs.
  2. Add meat and mix with your hands until it forms a loaf. You may need an additional ¼ cup bread crumbs, but just enough to form a loaf; the meat should still be moist to the touch.
  3. Line a 4 QT slow cooker with parchment paper. Lay loaf on the parchment paper, flattening slightly and shaping it so that everything cooks evenly.
  4. Prepare sauce by whisking all ingredients together. Spoon half the sauce over the top of the meatloaf. Do not contaminate the other half of the sauce with raw meat, so you can use it for extra dipping sauce. Cover and refrigerate the extra sauce.
  5. Tuck the parchment paper inside the lid of the slow cooker and cook on low for 3 to 3½ hours until the internal temperature of the meat is 155 degrees Fahrenheit in the thickest section.
  6. Pull meat out of the slow cooker with the parchment paper. Slice and serve with the extra refrigerated sauce (you may heat it up in the microwave if you like).

Recipe Notes

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