BBQ Stud Muffins (paleo meatloaf)

I was watching TV the other day and someone used the term “stud muffin” and it made me think of on-the-go meatloaves (who knows why!).  I knew that horses could be studs, but I had to look up the term as horse meat is hard to come by!  Apparently, a stud is a breeder animal and there are such things as “stud cattle”, so beef was my meat of choice!  These BBQ Stud Muffins are great for a quick fix or served with broccoli and cauli-mash!

Some other Cavegirl Cuisine recipes that you may enjoy:
Bacon-Wrapped Spicy Meatloaf
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Cavegirl Paleo Meatloaf
BBQ Stud Muffins (paleo meatloaf)

BBQ Stud Muffins (paleo meatloaf)


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1 carrot, peeled and grated
  • 2 green onions (green part included), minced
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried lemongrass
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • BBQ sauce (recipe below)

BBQ Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together BBQ sauce ingredients. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the remaining ingredients (using your hands if my preferred method!). Add 1/2 cup of the BBQ Sauce. Reserve the remaining sauce.
  4. Grease a muffin pan. I have a 6-muffin pan that makes bigger than usual muffins. This recipe will probably yield about 8 “regular” sized muffins. Also, I greased the pan using a paper towel and a little bacon grease for added flavor.
  5. Fill the pan with the meat mixture. With the remaining sauce, divide among your muffins and pour over the tops.
  6. Cook for approximately 30 minutes (this will vary depending on the size of the muffins). For best results, use a meat thermometer for desired doneness.
  7. Enjoy!


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  1. Had these for dinner today… whole family agreed – definitely a make again! They were amazing! The only thing I would change would be to place a bacon slice on top. But that's me. :)

  2. made with ground turkey and they were just as amazing!

  3. Funny Story:
    So last night I decided to give the little stud muffins a try. I noticed about halfway thru cooking the grease was starting to drip over the edge and smoking a little. I put some foil underneath to make for an easier cleanup (or so I though). A littlewhile later it was smoking so badly that my husband and I were running around the house to disarm the smoke detectors, open all window and turn on all the fans. We then evacuated the house becuase the air was SO toxic! My husband went in a few minutes later to take the muffins out of the oven but that is when he notices the inside of the oven was engulfed in flames!!! He put on the large oven mitts we had and took it outside where I stomped it out. We have a fire extinguisher but didn’t want the mess that would be created by using it. This is the point when people normally make last minute changes to their dinner plans. I am now calling these “Great Balls of Fire – Cajun Style”!

  4. After reading the comments, I left a little space at the top of my muffin cups and added some bacon to the top of the mini meatloafs. They were fantastic! My husband and both daughters raved about them. As all of you are aware, it's next to impossible to please everyone in the family. These are a real pleaser! Thank you for the recipe!

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