As a born and raised Texan, barbecue has pretty much always been a staple, and any good Texan will always have a good BBQ sauce on hand. Right there in the fridge next to the sweet tea (P.S. I hate sweet tea). However, during my two rounds of Whole30 I had such a hard time locating a delicious and “clean” sauce without spending 45 dollars and my left thumb. Finally, I found this amazingly tasty and simple barbecue sauce with no added sugars! I made a couple of changes, simply adding a little paprika and cayenne, and using a few less dates.
After making a batch of BBQ sauce, I wondered what to do with the leftovers. I had some frozen ground beef and thought I would try out a BBQ meatloaf. I rarely make meatloafs, but after making this I’ve decided it will be a staple in our home! We have a hard time getting our 18-month-old, Zemirah, to eat meat, but she loved it! And my husband, David, said it is his new favorite meal!
You don’t have to make the same BBQ sauce I did, and if you have a favorite, healthier sauce on hand, try it out and see what you think. Serve this with my Creamy Whole30 Mashed Potatoes and an extra spoonful of sauce (or in Z’s case, mustard), and you will have a happy tummy. I hope this meatloaf will be a hit around your dinner table and become a staple in your home, too!
Makes one meatloaf, will serve five.
- 1.5 lbs ground beef
- 1/2 cup BBQ sauce, divided in two
- 1/2 cup, plus two tbsp almond flour
- 1/4 cup tomato sauce
- Three eggs
- One small onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1.5 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp ground mustard
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/4-1/2 tsp cayenne, depending on taste
- Preheat oven to 375 F
- Prepare baking sheet with foil and cooking spray
- Combine all ingredients, except 1/4 cup BBQ sauce, in medium mixing bowl
- Mix with hands until well combined
- Shape mixture into a loaf on prepared pan
- Brush the top with remaining BBQ sauce
- Cook for 35-40 minutes
A good sauce can really enhance a tired dish, but this is not your grandmother’s meatloaf. It’s spicy, sweet, and satisfying! I hope you make it soon…and enjoy your pinch of crazy!