This Barbecue Meatloaf comes together in about 5 minutes. My BBQ Meatloaf Recipe has so much flavor from the barbecue sauce, bacon, and cheddar you won't be able to resist having seconds. This easy recipe is low carb, keto, gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free, and Trim Healthy Mama friendly.
I have made this delicious meatloaf with barbecue sauce for years. It is actually on my blog already with a few tweaks in the form of mini meatloaves but making one big bbq meatloaf is always easier. The combination of barbecue sauce, bacon, and cheddar cheese go well on just about anything.
Whenever my kids ask what we are having for dinner and I say meatloaf they reply with "the meatloaf with bacon and barbecue sauce?" And more often than not this is the one. It is just as good the next day and they've been known to take leftovers to school in a thermos.
How to Make BBQ Meatloaf
It is so easy to make this family-friendly recipe! Check out these simple steps (ingredient amounts are in the recipe card at the bottom):
First Step: Mix the ground meat of your choice (ground turkey or ground beef both work well) with the seasonings.
Second Step: Put the seasoned meat into a large casserole dish and drizzle on some sugar-free barbecue sauce.
Third Step: Top with shredded cheddar cheese and cooked bacon.
Fourth Step: Bake the meatloaf until it reaches 160 degrees when checked with a meat thermometer.
Expert Tip: Want to really kick up the smoky barbecue flavor? You can smoke meatloaf! Check out our post on Smoked Meatloaf for all the info.
What to serve with bbq meatloaf:
We normally serve this bbq meatloaf with roasted vegetables like these Oven-Roasted Green Beans or Roasted Brussels Sprouts. Another great alternative is serving keto barbecue meatloaf with my Keto Broccoli Salad, Keto Mashed Cauliflower, Keto Coleslaw, or Caesar Salad with Bacon.
How do you make meatloaf without using bread crumbs
It is very easy to make meatloaf without bread crumbs or bread cubes. I do add an egg as a binder and then just drain the cooking liquid before serving. The breadcrumbs absorb that liquid but it is absolutely not necessary to use them for a gluten-free meatloaf.
Where can I find sugar-free BBQ sauce?
You can find sugar-free barbecue sauce in most grocery stores but it is normally sweetened with sucralose. If you want a bbq sauce without sucralose you can make your own low carb barbecue sauce or order online.
And make sure to check out my video demonstrating how easy this family-friendly meal really is!
- Preheat oven to 400.
- Combine all the ingredients for the meat and press into the bottom of a greased 9 x 13 casserole dish. Brush the barbecue sauce on top and sprinkle on the cheese and bacon.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes or until 160 on a meat thermometer.