Paleo Meatball Sub with Dry Garlic Rib Sauce

by May 17, 2017

Oven-baked paleo meatball recipe with homemade dry garlic rib sauce added before baking.

Eating Style:

Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Grain-free, Paleo, Soy-free, Sugar-free

Prep Time:





  • 0.6kg extra-lean ground beef
  • 1 batch (125mL) of homemade dry garlic rib sauce, recipe below
  • ¼ cup almond flour
  • 1 small egg
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley

Sweet Potato Sub

  • 6 sweet potatoes, roasted whole in a 400F oven for 40-50 minutes depending on size


  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicon baking mat.
  2. Add meatball ingredients to a large bowl. Mash with your hands to combine.
  3. Pinch off a section of meat, about 1½ tablespoons, and roll between palms to form a ball. Place on the prepared baking sheet and repeat with remaining meat.
  4. This recipe will make 24 meatballs, 4 balls per serving.
  5. Bake meatballs in preheated oven for 20-22 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 165F. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly.
  6. Then, cut sweet potatoes in half, lengthwise, and sandwich 4 meatballs between each “sub”. Drizzle with BBQ sauce and serve.
  7. Add to bowl with meat and extra things. Mix.


Almond Flour: I tested this recipe without any flour or binder at all and it didn’t work. Something needs to be used to hold everything together. If you are NOT grain-free, you could use gluten-free breadcrumbs, quinoa flakes or perhaps oat bran. I have not tested these options. If you ARE grain-free, you could try finely-ground sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds.

Egg: I tested this recipe without eggs and it didn’t hold together as well as I would have liked. It still “worked” but was a bit sloppy.

Nutrition Information Per Serving



Calories from Fat:


Total Fat:

7.7 g

Saturated Fat:

1.8 g


76 mg


878 mg


52.8 g

Dietary Fiber:

4.8 g

Net Carbs:

48 g


30.4 g


24.9 g

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