• Cindy Miller

BBQ Sauce & Meal Prep in the Thermal Cooker

As the time approached for me to go to work, the thought that it was Thursday kept nagging at me. I was almost 3 and I had less than an hour.

Was I going to accomplish my goal?

Could I get everything ready in that amount of time? I had never made this meal in the thermal cooker before.

I hopped up and gathered a few things in the kitchen, after all I knew exactly what I wanted to do, a combination of things really.

My brother, Mike, is known for his meatloaf. The first time I had it I was pretty impressed. It was a tangy yet sweet BBQ type sauce with a bit of a kick. I immediately asked for the recipe and he just laughed at me. You will find out why, so keep reading.

Since that first meal I have wanted to test the recipe in the thermal cooker. I knew the texture would be a bit different, but the flavor would stay consistent. I was also planning on using meatballs instead of meatloaf.

Today was to be the day, my first Thermal Cooking Thursday Facebook Live. What a better time to test something I had made before?

Ok, maybe that is not the greatest idea, but that was my plan.

I attached my camera to my laptop and set it on the island in my kitchen. That wasn't going to be the best shot. The island was not deep enough. I decided to rotate it, it worked! There was plenty of space for you all to see what I was doing.

It was now 3 and I needed to get recording, I had all the ingredients I needed, so I hit play.

As you will see in the video, this is a SUPER simple recipe! Mike knew that his recipe was very easy to make and I would probably be a bit shocked by the ingredients. I am going to attempt to give you the recipe but know you can easily adjust it. As you will see in the video, I did not measure anything.

The second thing I wanted to talk about for Thermal Cooking Thursday was how to use the thermal cooker as a meal prep tool. I think it worked great! I now have 7 meals in the freezer, Leesha had dinner, and I had my potato for lunch. :)

Just incase you may be wondering. I had the meal in the thermal cooker with 5 minutes to spare thanks to my stove which runs a bit hot. LOL

I made more videos of the process so this video has been edited and shows the process from start to finish.

Mike's Super Simple BBQ with Costco Meatballs

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

1 1/2 cups ketchup

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

40 meatballs (approx)

Meal prep for Yukon potatoes, BBQ meatballs and vegetables

6-8 small to medium Yukon potatoes

Mikes Super Simple BBQ with Costco Meatballs (recipe above)

1 pkg frozen vegetables

8 containers for freezing

1 oven bag

7 liter pot with thermal cooker

Place clean Yukon potatoes in the bottom of 7 liter pot.

Put meatballs into oven bag

Add brown sugar, ketchup and red pepper flakes to oven bag

Mix sauce around meatballs by working from the outside of the bag.

flatten out oven bag with meatballs and place over potatoes in 7 liter pot.

Add water to within 1/2" of the top of the pot.

Cover and place on stove.

Bring to a boil - note - you may need to remove the lid once it starts boiling so that it does not boil over the pot.

Boil for 10 minutes

Cover and place pot into thermal cooking unit.

Leave until you are ready to eat or prepare meals, at least 2 hours.

When ready, open pot.

Carefully remove oven bag with meatballs.

Drain water off of potatoes, cover the pot and put the pot with potatoes back into the thermal cooking unit to evaporated excess water.

If desired, you may want to add instant thickener to thicken sauce a little. If so add, add to oven bag and carefully mix around meatballs from the outside of the bag using a hotpad.

Set out containers for meal prep.

Once again remove pot with potatoes and cut potatoes into pieces.

Evenly divide potatoes into meal prep containers.

Place approx. five meatballs over potatoes along with extra sauce.

Add desired frozen vegetables

Let cool before covering with lid and placing into the freezer.

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