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BBQ Keto Meatballs

Keto meatballs baked in a sweet and tangy low carb BBQ sauce! These little BBQ meatballs make the perfect appetizer, but they’re also really good served on a bed of mashed cauliflower! 

a BBQ meatball on a toothpick

I am likely the world’s biggest meatball fan. Meatloaf, too!

Growing up, my mama never made meatballs or meatloaf and I literally never tasted either until I was grown and married.

Y’all. That first bite of a BBQ meatball was life changing.

Now I make meatballs and meatloaf all the time! Have you tried my mozzarella stuffed meatballs yet or my buffalo chicken meatballs? How about my keto meatloaf? Oh man. So good!

BBQ meatball on a cutting board next to a bowl of meatballs

Anyway, I’ve made low carb meatballs a variety of ways – from using Parmesan as the binder to almond flour to…wait for it…pork rinds.
Personally, I’m not one to sit around and just eat a bag of pork rinds. However, they work so great as a low carb binder for meatloaf and meatballs!

For this keto meatball recipe, I went next level and used BBQ seasoned pork rinds. You can use plain pork rinds if you prefer, but the BBQ adds a little extra flavor without any extra carbs. Magic.

barbecue meatballs in black bowl

How to make keto meatballs:

We’re making these keto meatballs in the oven. No need to pan fry them, just roll ’em up and pop ’em on a baking sheet. Easy peasy.

Ingredients for low carb meatballs in glass bowl

You’ll start with a pound of lean ground beef, some pork rinds, cheddar cheese, egg, cream, and water.

All of that gets mushed together with your hands until it’s nice and combined.

keto meatball ingredients in glass bowl

Next, you’ll roll out your meatballs. I just use my hands for this.

I made these as appetizer sized meatballs this time around, but you can also make them larger and serve them up for dinner. You’ll get 15 appetizer sized meatballs here.

bbq meatballs on baking sheet

Place them on a baking sheet and pop them in a 400 degree oven. These take about 15 minutes to bake.

Once they’re cooked through, whisk together some reduced sugar ketchup and some bottled Italian salad dressing. This will be the sweet and tangy sauce that coats the BBQ meatballs.

Brush the sauce over the meatballs and pop them under the broiler for 1-2 minutes to get the sauce a little caramelized and sticky.

Top ’em off with a sprinkle of parsley and serve!

This low carb meatball recipe is super easy and ready in about 20 minutes.

bbq meatballs in a black bowl with a toothpick in one of them

More low carb appetizers you might like:

Keto deviled eggs: These are full of bacon and cheddar! <3

Slow Cooker Wings: These wings are so juicy and the skin gets nice and crispy under the broiler!

Green Olive Deviled Eggs: I love the punch of flavor green olives give these eggs!

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BBQ Keto Meatballs

These keto meatballs are coated in a simple 2 ingredient BBQ sauce. These meatballs make a great appetizer, but they're also good served over mashed cauliflower.

Yield 15 meatballs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 cup crushed BBQ flavored pork rinds
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons reduced sugar ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Italian salad dressing


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a large baking sheet with non-stick spray.
  2. Add the ground beef, pork rinds, egg, cheddar, cream, water, salt, pepper, and garlic powder to a large mixing bowl and mix well to combine.
  3. Roll the meat mixture into 15 small meatballs and place on the baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through.
  5. Whisk together the ketchup and salad dressing. Brush over the meatballs.
  6. Return the meatballs to the oven and turn the broiler to high. Broil for 1-2 minutes or until sauce just begins to caramelize. 
  7. Serve immediately.


You may use your favorite sugar free BBQ sauce in place of the ketchup and Italian dressing, if you desire.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield: 5 Serving Size: 3 meatballs
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 442Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 159mgSodium: 905mgCarbohydrates: 4gNet Carbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 40g

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18 thoughts on “BBQ Keto Meatballs”

  1. Hi! I just started Keto and am very happy to find your website! Would 15 smaller meatballs = 6 or 7 large meatballs? Would nutrition information remain the same for serving size of 2 large?

    1. Karly Campbell

      Hi Susan! 15 small meatballs would be around 7ish larger ones. The nutrition info would remain the same regardless of the size of the meatballs, so long as the entire dish is divided into 5 servings.

    1. Karly Campbell

      You could try almond flour, but you may need to adjust the amount. You really don’t taste the pork rinds at all though, if it’s a flavor thing.

        1. Karly Campbell

          I would just use enough to hold the meatballs together. Maybe a 1/4 cup or so?

  2. Just delicious, and I used the regular pork rinds. I did add some smoked paprika to the sauce to give them a little more flavor since I didn’t use the barbecue pork rinds!

  3. I haven’t found BarBQ pork rinds without sugar listed in the ingredients. Would you share which ones you use that don’t have sugar?

    1. Karly Campbell

      The ones I used had a trace amount of sugar as well. It wasn’t enough to affect the carb count, so I didn’t worry about it. You can use unflavored pork rinds if you’re concerned about it. 🙂

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