This recipe takes just 5-10 minutes to throw together. Then, by the magic of my buddy the slow cooker, you are free to spend the day as you wish. Moist, flavorful, comforting, quick and easy. By mixing everything in a zip lock bag, cleanup is a snap.
Original recipe was found in a little cookbook that came with my crock pot many years ago. Photo is mine.
In a large plastic ziplock bag, combine all dry ingredients. Then, add the wet ingredients to the bag and mix thoroughly.
Add ground beef chuck until uniformly mixed. Try not to over mix. Form into a round loaf. (I usually refrigerate for a little while to firm up, but it's not necessary. In fact, you can make the loaf the day before and refrigerate until ready to use.)
Cut 2 lengths of aluminum foil approximately 29" long. Fold lengthwise 3 times. You will end up with two strips of foil approximately 3 1/2" x 29" long. Spray your crock pot with butter flavored cooking spray. I use a standard-size crock pot, approximately 9" across its round top. Place your two lengths of foil in the form of an "X" in the crock pot. This will act as a sling to lift the meatloaf out easily when it is done cooking. Spray foil with non-stick spray as well. If ends stick out of the top of the crock pot, simply fold them down into the pot.
Add meatloaf to crock pot. Cover and cook on low for 5-5 1/2 hours. About an hour before the meatloaf is done, combine all of sauce ingredients. Pour sauce on top of meatloaf 35-45 before the end of cooking time.
When meatloaf is done, lift carefully out of crock pot with your foil sling to a serving platter.