• Cindy Miller

BBQ Sauce & Meal Prep in the Thermal Cooker

Updated: Nov 14, 2020

Thermal Cooking Thursday



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 prepared 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 - it's more about the sauce her puts on it than anything. 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 may 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 never made before... lol


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!



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 be a bit shocked by the ingredients - and I was.


The reason behind making the Meatballs was a request from Leesha - she wanted me to meal prep meals with the meatballs. The thermal cooker is a great meal prep tool. I now have 7 meals in the freezer, Leesha had dinner, and I had my potato for lunch. :)


The video includes more video footage that I took throughout the day so you can see the process from start to finish.






Just incase you may be wondering. The meal in the thermal cooker with 5 minutes to spare before heading off to work thanks to my stove which runs a bit hot. LOL






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.




Thermal cookers are like a big crock pot, cooking food slowly over time. While slow cookers require constant electricity, thermal cooker utilizes heated (boiling) food to complete the cooking process.


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