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Gluten Free Slow Cooker Barbecue Meatballs

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  • Author: Elaine VanVleck
  • Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 5 servings
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This easy recipe for gluten free slow cooker barbecue meatballs are perfect for an appetizer or a meal. These homemade meatballs are made with ground beef and a brown sugar bbq sauce. It's so simple to use your crockpot to slow cook the best gluten-free meatballs recipe.


1 1/2 pounds Ground Beef
1/2 cup Gluten Free Bread Crumbs
1 large Egg
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese, finely grated
1 small Yellow Onion, grated
2 Tbsp. Minced Garlic
3 Tbsp. Tomato Paste
1 tsp. Sea Salt
1/2 tsp. Coarse Ground Black Pepper
1 tsp. Chili Powder

Barbecue Sauce:
1 cup Ketchup
1 cup Brown Sugar
1 small Yellow Onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 cup Beef Broth
1 tsp. Sea Salt
1/2 tsp. Coarse Ground Black Pepper
2 tsp. Ground Paprika
1 tsp. Ground Cumin
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce


In a four cup measuring cup or small bowl mix together the barbecue sauce ingredients: ketchup, brown sugar, finely chopped yellow onion, apple cider vinegar, beef broth, sea salt, coarse ground black pepper, ground paprika, ground cumin and worcestershire sauce.

Pour enough of the barbecue sauce into the bowl of your slow cooker to cover the bottom. Set the rest aside.

In a mixing bowl blend together the ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, parmesan cheese, grated onion, minced garlic, tomato paste, sea salt, coarse ground black pepper and chili powder with your hands or a spoon.

Form the meatball mixture into golf ball sized balls and place them in your slow cooker. Do not stack any of them on top of each other. Make sure you have them on the bottom of the slow cooker bowl.

Pour the remaining barbecue sauce over the meatballs.

Cover your slow cooker and cook on low for 3-4 hours. Meatballs should be browned and a minimum of 160 degrees on the inside when tested with a thermometer.

Serve hot as an appetizer or over buttered pasta or with mashed potatoes for dinner.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Category: Meals
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Gluten Free