Sweet & Smoky BBQ Meatloaf

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With fall coming, I figured I’d do a hearty recipe for you all. Well, that and I had a terrible craving for meatloaf a few days ago. I decided on a barbecue meatloaf, and the results couldn’t have been better!

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I took the leftovers to work for lunch on two separate days. Yes, that is my lunch on a foam plate, complete with plastic silverware. But even at my desk, this thing was a thing of beauty. Paired with mashed cauliflower and petite green beans (and lots of Kerrygold for good measure), this made an absolutely delicious lunch. It would also make a great dinner.

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I used pork rinds and parmesan instead of bread crumbs. I can safely say that pork rinds are my favorite filler for meatloaf at this point. I’ve tried it all, and pork rinds just give the best texture. This meatloaf was moist and delicious, just the way it should be. I free formed the loaf in a baking dish. I’ve always preferred to do it that way as opposed to using a loaf pan, but this would work either way.

As you can tell, this recipe makes quite a lot of BBQ meatloaf, but it freezes well– so even if you’re on your own, it’s a great, filling meal. I have some in my freezer right now. Enjoy this low carb meatloaf recipe tonight and let me know what you think!

Sweet & Smoky BBQ Meatloaf


Sweet & Smoky BBQ Meatloaf

Makes 12 servings. 2g carbs per serving.


  • 1.5 lbs. ground beef or turkey (I used 85/15 ground beef)
  • 1 1/3 C pork rind crumbs (processed in food processor)
  • 1/3 C grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 1/2 C Sweet & Tangy BBQ Sauce (or Guy's sugar free BBQ sauce)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a little nonstick spray into a shallow baking dish.
  2. In a large bowl, combine beef, pork rinds, parmesan, eggs, garlic powder, cayenne, red pepper, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper. Use your hands or do as I did and use a stand mixer to bring it all together. Make sure everything gets evenly mixed in.
  3. Form the meat into a loaf and place into the baking dish.
  4. Brush loaf with 1/2 C BBQ sauce, then put foil over the dish.
  5. Bake for about 45-55 minutes, then remove foil from pan. Brush another 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce on top of the meatloaf and return to the oven for 10-15 additional minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and pour remaining BBQ sauce onto meatloaf. Let cool a few minutes, then slice and serve.

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Leeann Teagno

Eating healthy, for me, is about more than weight loss like it used to be. It’s about controlling my blood sugar levels and obtaining normal–or relatively normal–hormone levels. I still struggle to lose weight efficiently, but eating a wheat, sugar and gluten free diet helps to control some of the problems I’ve encountered with these health issues of mine.

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