6oz garlic-flavored croutons
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 onion, chopped
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
3 whole cloves of garlic
1/2 red bell pepper
36 oz ground meat(see note)
1-1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup ketchup
1 tsp cumin
Dash of Worcestershire Sauce
Dash of Tabasco
1 tbsp honey
Combine croutons and spices in the bowl of a food processor, pulse until you have fine crumbs, place mixture in a large bowl. Combine onion, carrot, garlic, and bell pepper in the food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Combine the veggies with the crumbs, meat, salt, and egg; mix until just combined.
Stir together glaze ingredients.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, form the meat mixture into a loaf shape. At this point you can either bake it or freeze it for later.
Bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes, brush on the glaze then return to the oven and continue baking until it reaches an internal temperature of 155 degrees.
Freeze until frozen solidly and then wrap in freezer paper until ready to use.
To cook in the crockpot, slice 1-2 potatoes into 1/2 inch thick slices and place in a single layer on the bottom of your crockpot. Place a frozen meatloaf on top of them and brush the top with the glaze. Cook on low for ~6 hours.
Based on Good Eats Meatloaf from Alton Brown
Note: Alton calls for half ground chuck and half ground sirloin. I prefer the texture of half beef and half turkey or pork.