by Katelyn Block on September 13, 2012 · 13 comments

Current song obsession:

Can’t stop. If you hear this song blasting from a car around Syracuse, it’s probably me. I don’t even want to ask Spotify how many times I’ve listened to it.

Let’s talk about meatballs.

The other night, I spent some serious time thinking about what to do with this ugly-looking pound of ground beef I had in my fridge. And then I was like, duh….. meatballs. IN THE CROCK POT.

I took the general format from Juli’s recipe for Crock Pot Sweet Asian Meatballs (HOLY CRAP these look good), but I only have so many ingredients. So I took the meat-egg-flour-sauce ratio and ran with it.

Crock Pot BBQ Meatballs

by Katelyn Block

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 2-4 hours

Keywords: slow-cooker appetizer entree side snack gluten-free high protein kosher low-carb nut-free paleo soy-free sugar-free

Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 2 medium red onions, diced
  • 1 lb. ground beef (grass-fed and organic for me)
  • 1 egg (cage free, organic)
  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 1 tbsp. avocado oil (or another high-heat fat)
  • 1/4 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce (I used Dinosaur BBQ)
  • 2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • sea salt & pepper


  1. Dice your onions and place in the bottom of the pot.
  2. Whisk your egg in a large mixing bowl and then add all other ingredients. Mix together until everything is even-textured.
  3. Divide into four balls (or smaller if you prefer). Place on top of the onions.
  4. Set the slow cooker either for 2 hours on high, or 4 hours on low.
  5. Enjoy with more SAWCE!
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That’s really it. Song and recipe. Next post we’ll talk about salmon which I’m starting to like a bit more (usually it tastes too fishy for me and makes me gag a little). And we’ll also talk about why I have a love/hate relationship with Rest Days. (they’re so official)

Do you love your slow cooker?!
How do you like your meatballs? Sweet? Salty? Traditional? (I promise I’m not trying to make innuendos)
Tell me about your day! What made it awesome?

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Courtney September 13, 2012 at 10:27 PM

yummers! I have a crock pot and use it a few times a week. the downside? having to smell the delicious food ALL DAY LONG.


StoriesAndSweetPotatoes September 13, 2012 at 11:04 PM

I’m obsessed with that song too! I make meatballs every week. Today I made turkey meatballs with cranberry bbq sauce. Out of control.


Katelyn Block September 13, 2012 at 11:40 PM



Chuck September 14, 2012 at 2:08 AM

Real grass-fed beef! Love it! The recipe looks awesome K


Alex Bridgeforth (@alexbridgeforth) September 14, 2012 at 2:13 AM

Well, I don’t have a slow cooker yet, but I would probably love one to cook some yummy veggies in!
Sad part of being eating plant based is no more meatballs.
My day is awesome because I did a ton of grocery shopping and will be making chocolate almond butter and I just bought a new Ninja food processor!


Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness September 14, 2012 at 7:55 AM

Love this recipe! Sounds amazing and I can’t wait to try it! I love Juli’s recipes too! They always inspire me to come up with some really yummy Paleo eats!


Lea @ Greens and Coffee Beans September 14, 2012 at 8:52 AM

I love my slow cooker, coming home to a delicious ready to eat dinner after a long day of classes is the best.


Patty September 14, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Thank you for the recipe! I am so making this!


Katie @ KatieEnPursuit September 14, 2012 at 12:07 PM

I heart my slow-cooker! Those meatballs look delish. Sounds like you’re doing a stellar job of cooking while at school, it’s a tough environment to keep up with good eats. And Maroon 5 has been a fav of mine lately too! Enjoy.


Emily September 14, 2012 at 3:28 PM

OMG I CANNOT STOP LISTENING TO MAROON 5!! One More Night and Lucky Strike. All day.

Oh, meatballs look good too!


[email protected] September 14, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Love this easy peasy recipe and love meatballs….all kinds! I really like using a crockpot, but seem to only use it in the winter for soups and chilis. Maybe I need to get a little more creative.


Amber @ExSoyCise September 17, 2012 at 10:28 AM

I just thawed out some grassfed beef last night and I’m totally going to make these! I just have to grab some onions and bbq or maybe make the bbq if I can find a good recipe. Pinned these delicious meatbawls!


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