Instant Pot BBQ Meatball Stuffed Sweet Potatoes


Who doesn’t love a stuffed sweet potato? This BBQ meatball stuffed sweet potato recipe is Whole30 and Paleo compliant and serves as an easy weeknight meal that they whole family will love. Additionally, they serve as a great appetizer for a summertime BBQ or family gathering.  There are a lot of different ways you can recreate this recipe to make it different and delicious. Simply make a big batch on Sunday and recreate a meal or two during the week. Add on top of salads, stuff in sweet potatoes or add to zucchini noodles.

When I cook, I usually cook one meal and recreate it in a kid version. My sweet Eloise, who is 3 years old doesn’t always like how I make our meals, so I will tweek it just a little so she can enjoy it in a kid friendly way. For this meal a stuffed sweet potato is really hard for her to eat, so I deconstruct the meal so it isn’t overwhelming for her. I will serve her meatballs cut up along with fruit, the sweet potato smashed up with a little ghee and cinnamon and the ranch coleslaw on the side.  I never cook additional food for her. She will eat what I cook, or she won’t eat at all, that’s our rule. This has been a hard battle to fight, but now that I have been consistent, she never complains and always eats what’s on her plate.

Feel free to make your own BBQ sauce, but for this recipe I wanted it to be easy and convenient, so I used Tessemae’s BBQ Sauce. For the ranch coleslaw, I also used Tessemae’s Ranch because it is easy and delicious. If I didn’t have this ranch on hand, I would just whip up my homemade version, click here to grab that recipe.

If you need a yummy meal and even better leftovers for the week, give this recipe a try. Although it is an Instant Pot recipe, you can make it work great in your crock-pot. Make your sauce and form your meatballs the night before and simply add to your crock-pot the next morning, Let them cook on low for 6 hours and they will be ready when you get home. I also cook my sweet potatoes in the crock pot to make life even easier. SImply wash your sweet potatoes, turn crock-pot on low and throw in your sweet potatoes and let cook on low 6-7 hours or on high 4-5 hours. They come out perfect every single time.


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BBQ Meatball Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

  • Author: Ashley McCrary
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 18 meatballs 1x


A saucy and delicious Whole30 and Paleo compliant instant pot BBQ meatballs.




BBQ Sauce

  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup Tessemae’s BBQ Sauce
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

  • 3 medium sweet potatoes

Ranch Coleslaw

  • 45 cups coleslaw mix
  • 3/4 cups ranch dressing
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 onion slices (torn )


Instruction for Meatballs:

  1. In a large mixing bowl add the hamburger meat, egg, onions, seasonings, tapioca flour and coconut aminos. Mix and fold together with your hands until completely combined.
  2. Mix together the BBQ sauce. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix together with a spoon. Set to the side.
  3. Set the Instant Pot to sauté.
  4. Once the Instant Pot is heated up, add in your meatballs to brown. This may have to be done in 2 batches.
  5. Once all meatballs are browned, switch your settings on the Instant Pot to high pressure and add in the BBQ sauce.
  6. Cook for 8-9 mins on high pressure.
  7. Once cooked, make sure to release the steam. I use instant release.
  8. Remove meatballs from the Instant Pot.

Ranch Coleslaw

  1. Add 5 cups of coleslaw mix to a mixing bowl.
  2. Mix 1 cup of Tessemae’s Ranch or homemade ranch to coleslaw mix. If you would like my homemade ranch recipe. See notes for recipe.
  3. Add in the salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder.
  4. Use a wooden spoon and mix together until everything is combined.

Sweet Potatoes

  1. Cook the sweet potatoes in a crock-pot on low for 6-7 hours or high for 3-4 hours or throw in the oven on 425ºF for 45 mins.
  2. Turn on the crock-pot and wash the sweet potatoes. Add the sweet potatoes to the pot, wet, do not dry.
  3. The sweet potatoes can also be cooked in the Instant Pot by adding in the cooking rack and 1 cup of water. Add the sweet potatoes to the rack and set to high pressure and cook for 20 minutes.
  4. Slice your sweet potatoes and fill the inside with the BBQ meatballs and serve the coleslaw over the top.


Click here for the Instant Pot I use.

Click here for the Tapioca flour I use.

Click here for the coconut aminos I use.

Click here for the Tessemae’s Ranch.

Click here for the Tessemae’s BBQ Sauce.

Click here for the recipe for my homemade Ranch.



  • Category: Appetizer, Main Dish, Sauce, Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Instant Pot

Comments (12)

  • This recipe is so good. It’s amazing how perfect all the flavors work together!!!

    • This was my first time using the IP in sauté mode for a recipe (I’ve always used it for meal prepping spaghetti squash, HB eggs, etc) so I was nervous. BUT these meatballs came out delicious! I made them with some zoodles but will definitely make these again over sweet potatoes.

      • This sounds awesome.Love this idea. Thank you

  • This recipe was amazing and will be a staple in my house now! Thank you for sharing!!

    • So happy you enjoyed it!

  • I finally made this recipe last night for supper. Mama Peach, you knocked this one out of the orchard!!! The bit of tangy from the BBQ paired so well with the sweet potato and the crunch of the slaw was the “icing on top”. Thank you so much for this recipe!!! Next on my list is the ice box key lime dessert 🙂

  • Looks yummy! How long do you think you’d cook these in crockpot?

    • 5-6 hours

  • This was delicious!!! The flavors all work together so well. It is definitely going to be in the rotation of meals for us!

  • I never leave comments on things but I have made recipes from your website every night this week and everyone has enjoyed them. My husband and two toddlers! Thank you for creating good clean recipes. I will be a fan forever!

  • Thank you for the wonderful recipe inspiration. My family of 6 loved this dinner when I made it the other night. I didn’t use the IP. I browned the meatballs in a cast iron pan and then simmered them in my homemade BBQ sauce and bone broth. I served with rice and homemade ranch. They were delicious.

    • You’re so welcome Joan


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