Low carb BBQ meatloaf made in your slow cooker. Dinner is stress-free, grain-free and sugar-free. And it’s delicious!
I recently had a plea from a reader to add more dinner recipes to All Day I Dream About Food. I do actually have quite a number of main dish recipes, but there’s no question that the sweets and baked goods outweigh those options. Judging from the high sweet ratio, you might think that my family was mostly fed muffins, cakes and cookies for every meal. While I admit to having resorted to ice cream for dinner for myself on rare occasions, we really do eat proper meals the vast majority of the time. And I can sometimes be as creative a cook as I am a baker. So why not get photos of all those tasty meals and throw them up here for you good folks to peruse? Because like any mother trying to get dinner on the table, it’s usually 6pm, it’s getting dark out and I am frantically cooking while also fielding the demands of three hungry and attention-seeking kids. Ain’t no time for food styling and pretty photos with all that chaos. My family of five is a hungry lot and they’re not going to let me hold up dinner for something as silly as taking pictures.
Still, I love to bring you low carb recipes of all kinds and dinner certainly deserves its due. And I actually have a great number of meals where I’ve struck out on my own and created something so tasty that I know I need to put it on the blog. I find myself making notes after dinner, knowing I will have to make the recipe in the middle of the day at some point so I can get some appetizing photos. Thankfully my children don’t seem to mind their food warmed up at the end of the day. And the reality is that when I do this, I find myself so much more relaxed when dinner time rolls around. All I have to do is turn on the stove or oven to rewarm the food. Really, I should make a habit of cooking dinner in the middle of the day and rewarming it; it would certainly reduce the stress of the evenings!
This recipe is actually perfect for creating stress-free evenings, as long as you have a good slow cooker or crock pot. You may have to do a little advance prep work if you plan on using my Homemade Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce. But you can make a big batch when you have extra time (feel free to skip the whiskey if that’s not your thing), and it freezes really well. Or you can purchase a commercial sugar-free barbecue sauce such as Nature’s Hollow (xylitol-sweetened). Then all you have to do is mix and shape the meatloaf and set your slow cooker to low for 6 hours. Even if you’re at work all day and your crock pot turns itself off, you can gently rewarm when you get home. And you will end up with just about the moistest meatloaf you could ever hope for, with very little fuss or muss. It’s a winner, my friends. You can thank me later.
- 2 lbs ground beef lean
- 1 lb ground pork lean
- 1/2 cup onion chopped fine
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup homemade sugar-free barbecue sauce or purchased Sugar-Free BBQ sauce such as Nature's Hollow
- In a large bowl, combine ground beef, ground pork, onion, almond flour, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Add in eggs and mix well with your hands until fully combined.
- On a large sheet of tinfoil, shape mixture into loaf roughly 5 x 9 inches. Lift foil by edges and place in a 6 quart slow cooker.
- Set slow cooker to low and cook 5 to 6 hours. In the last half hour of cooking, brush the top and sides with about 1/3 cup barbecue sauce.
- Use two serving forks to lift the meatloaf out of the slow cooker and onto a serving platter. Slice and serve with remaining barbecue sauce.
- ***Cooking tip: if you can't use lean ground beef and pork, make sure to put a rack or some balled up tinfoil in the bottom of your slow cooker. Otherwise, your meatloaf will be swimming in grease by the end of cooking.
Serves 10. Each serving has 4.95 g of carbs and 1.46 g of fiber. Total NET CARBS = 3.51 g*
*with the homemade BBQ Sauce. Carb count will differ somewhat with purchased sauce.
Food energy: 369kcal
Saturated fatty acids: 8.73g
Total fat: 22.49g
Calories from fat: 202
Total dietary fiber: 1.46g