These Crockpot BBQ Meatballs are easy to make, made with lean ground turkey, great for entertaining and are totally gluten free! They also make the perfect appetizer or main dish that everyone will love!
Crockpot BBQ Meatballs – Gluten Free
Crockpot BBQ Meatballs are my family’s latest obsession. Actually they have been a staple recipe in our family for years. You know, the recipe where you cook frozen store-bought meatballs with BBQ sauce or Chili Sauce and grape jelly in the slow cooker?
It really is a delicious and easy recipe but have you ever read the ingredients in those frozen meatballs? I’m not even sure what some of the ingredients even are nor can I pronounce them.
Now this Turkey Meatball recipe is a two-step, very simple recipe. It is going to require slightly more effort (rolling and baking the meatballs yourself) than popping open a bag of frozen meatballs but it is much better for you and only contains whole, real ingredients you can feel better about feeding your family.
The balance of flavors is amazing and the meatballs come out so tender and juicy. Slow cook them in your favourite BBQ sauce and it is just heavenly.
I did not include any grape jelly in my recipe to keep this version lower in sugar but you can certainly add that in if you would like. Here are a few other variations to this recipe.
- If you need to keep these low carb then swap the gluten free breadcrumbs with a mix of blanched almond flour and shredded parmesan cheese or even blended cashews or walnuts.
- I added the egg as a binder but if you need to keep this recipe egg-free then you can sub the egg with one of these substitutes : 1/2 cup shredded zucchini, 2 tablespoon buttermilk, 2 tablespoon plain yogurt or ricotta cheese or even 3 tablespoons unsweetened Applesauce. Now this change will slightly alter the flavor of these meatballs but they will still turn out A-MAZING!
- To make this recipe a littler sweeter your can add in about 1 cup of grape jelly or apricot preserves at the same time as when you add the BBQ sauce.
- Add a little spice to this recipe by using chili sauce in place of the BBQ sauce. Now if you do this then the grape jelly or apricot preserves would be a good idea to balance out the flavours nicely.
Ingredients you will need to make this recipe
How to make Crockpot BBQ Meatballs
This recipe only requires two steps and is a very simple recipe that yields incredible, healthy turkey meatballs.
- Add all meatball ingredients to a medium size mixing bowl. Mix well to combine into a meatball mixture. Use your hands to roll the meatballs into 1 tablespoon size balls and place them about 1 inch apart on a foil-lined (for easy clean up) baking sheet.
- Bake the meatballs in a 400 degree oven for 12-15 minutes. Then remove them and let them cool for a few minutes. Add the meatballs to the bottom of a crockpot or slow cooker. Pour the BBQ sauce over the meatballs and lightly toss them in the sauce. Secure the lid and set the slow cooker to low and cook for 2-3 hours. You can also cook them on high for 1 hour.
- Once the meatballs are done cooking, toss them in the sauce a little more to get them all nice and coated and transfer them to a serving platter or plate and top with dried parsley for garnish. Serve hot with extra BBQ sauce for dipping on the side.
- Make sure not to over mix the meat mixture. Once you notice the ingredients are well mixed and incorporated into the meat then stop mixing. I recommend cracking and whisking the egg in a separate bowl first so that you don’t have to mix it in so much with the meat.
- Make sure the ingredients for the meat mixture are kept nice and cold. You want to keep the ingredients in the refrigerator and pull them out right when you are ready to make the meatballs. Now, of course I don’t mean the spices, just the meat, egg, mustard and the breadcrumbs.
- Roll the meatballs into even size balls. This is important because you want them all to cook at the same time. I used a round tablespoon to measure each of the meatballs and this recipe yielded exactly 20 meatballs that were 1 tablespoon each. You can also use a small cookie scoop as well.
- Use a meat thermometer to test the doneness of the meatballs. These turkey meatballs should be cooked to 160 degrees F (they will continue to cook after you remove them from the oven, up to 165 degrees F (i.e carryover cooking time). I always use a meat thermometer to ensure they are properly cooked. It should take roughly 12-15 minutes for them to cook.
- Line the pan with foil for easy clean up. I like to line my baking sheet with foil for quick and easy clean up after the meatballs are cooked. You can also line the pan with parchment paper. I also like to spray the foil lightly with cooking spray to prevent the meatballs from sticking.
These Crockpot BBQ Meatballs make a wonderful fun appetizer for any gathering. I like to put toothpicks in each one and serve them with a side of BBQ sauce for extra dipping. Here are some other fun ways to serve these meatballs.
- Serve them over some rice with some mixed veggies as shown above.
- Enjoy them on top of some Mashed Sweet Potatoes.
- Have them alongside some Oven Roasted Broccoli or Roasted Asparagus.
- Serve them with some Healthy Potato Salad.
What BBQ Sauce is best in this meatball recipe?
I tried a few different gluten free BBQ sauces and the best one I liked was STUBBS BBQ Sauce. This is not a sponsored post, it really was just the best one.
I also tried Sweet Baby Ray’s Gourmet Sauces, Jack Daniels BBQ sauce (some are gluten free) and Bone Suckin’ Sauce. I recommend using the one that fits your taste but these were all pretty decent in my opinion.
Did you make this recipe? If you did, then please leave a rating and comment below. You can also tag me on Instagram @pinchmegoodfood so I can see your creation.Print