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Bacon Ranch Crock Pot Meatloaf

posted by Kacey Joanette on September 6, 2016

Bacon Ranch Crock Pot Meatloaf ~ The Ultimate Comfort Food Dinner! Homemade Meatloaf Wrapped in Bacon and Cooked in You Slow Cooker! 

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Bacon Ranch Meatloaf in the Slow Cooker #meatloaf Julie

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When it comes to slow cooker meals, I think of summer. But as I have continued with The Cookie Writer and all there is in the blogging world, I have realized just how different people are. I NEVER thought about slow cooker meals with back to school or just helping alleviate some work during a busy week. Honestly, it totally makes sense! My mom has three kids and never have I ever seen her use a slow cooker. Plus, she doesn’t like cooking so you would think she would have utilized this appliance…

However, I know for a FACT that she would not have made this bacon ranch meatloaf in the slow cooker. But we love meatloaf here, and wrapping anything in bacon is always a win. Plus, it is all done in the slow cooker! Woohoo! I had been wanting to make a meatloaf in the slow cooker for some time, and I am so glad I finally did. This will be happening again. Note: I sauteed my veggies up first so you would not get that raw veggie taste in the meatloaf. If you are short on time, you can skip frying them up (I have done it many times in the past!)

Bacon Ranch Meatloaf in the Slow Cooker #bacon Julie

One of the biggest inspirations behind this bacon ranch meatloaf was my almost 5-year old. She loves meatloaf and she loves bacon. Funny enough, as I was prepping for the photo shoot, she was busy digging into the meatloaf on the stove! I had to doctor the meatloaf back together but I could not be mad (food is meant to be eaten!) There were no qualms about eating dinner that night, and while I did cook potatoes with the meatloaf, you can easily skip that step and make a nice side dish. If you are adding the potatoes, make sure you cut them super small because you want them to finish cooking with the meatloaf. Worse comes to worse, I just take out my meat and let the veggies cook a bit longer.

Bacon Ranch Meatloaf in the Slow Cooker #stepbystep Julie

As for that crispy bacon topping? Yeah, your slow cooker is not going to achieve that. I carefully moved the bacon ranch meatloaf with two spatulas onto a baking sheet and broiled it until the bacon was nice and crispy. If you are worried your meatloaf will break, just cut it in half and move the two pieces separately. I tend to remove the bacon when slicing anyway and then chop up the bacon finely 🙂 Crispy bacon is a necessity here, and really, taking an extra 5 minutes to broil something is no big deal!

Bacon Ranch Meatloaf in the Slow Cooker #slowcooker Julie

If bacon is not your thing (gasp!) then feel free to omit it altogether. The meatloaf still cooks wonderfully in the slow cooker and actually might be my new preferred method! Is there anything you cannot make in the slow cooker?!

Bacon Ranch Meatloaf in the Slow Cooker

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Total Time: 8 hours, 15 minutes

Serving Size: 6 servings

Bacon Ranch Meatloaf in the Slow Cooker

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped sweet peppers
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 small carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 3 tsp. powdered ranch seasoning
  • Salt and pepper
  • 7 slices bacon
  • 2 lbs potatoes, chopped very small (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add oil, and when hot, stir in onion, carrot, peppers, and celery. Cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently, until softened.
  2. Combine all ingredients except bacon and potatoes in a large mixing bowl. Mix until JUST combined. Mixing too much will result in tough meat.
  3. If using potatoes, add them to the bottom of the slow cooker. Pour meat over top and form into a rectangular shape using your hands. Cover meatloaf with bacon and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours.
  4. Carefully move meatloaf to a baking sheet and broil in oven until desired bacon-crispiness is met!

Notes

For that crispy bacon goodness, you must move your meatloaf to a baking sheet and broil it in the oven.

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