Appetizer Meatballs Recipe
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Appetizer Meatballs Recipe

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"I made changes to a barbecue sauce recipe to meet my family's taste," writes Cheryl Crowson, Sundance, Wyoming. "When we needed a quick appetizer for a get-together, I tried the sauce over prepared meatballs, and everyone enjoyed it."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:72 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 72 servings


  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash garlic powder
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 1 package (32 ounces) frozen fully cooked homestyle meatballs

Nutritional Facts

3 piece: 0 calories, 0g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 0g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 0g protein


  1. In a Dutch oven, combine the first nine ingredients Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, thaw meatballs in microwave according to package directions. Stir into sauce; heat through. Yield: about 6 dozen.
Originally published as Appetizer Meatballs in Quick Cooking January/February 2005, p24

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Reviewed Jan. 1, 2016

"Love the sauce, you can use it with any kind of meat! Made meatball from scratch and both times ( chicken of pork) the they tasted delicious!"

Reviewed Dec. 31, 2013

"These meatballs are a welcome change to the usual grape jelly and chill sauce recipe. I made these for Christmas Eve appetizers and even my picky grandsons indulged !"

Reviewed Oct. 24, 2013

"Delicious we make them for all of our party's and there are never leftovers!"

Reviewed May. 26, 2013

"I did not really care for these at all, the sauce tasted somewhat off to me."

Reviewed Mar. 14, 2013

"We made a huge batch of these for a house dedication service. Everyone loved them! They have a great balance of spice and sweet. Best of all they are super simple to make!"

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