Barbecue Glazed Meatballs Recipe
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Barbecue Glazed Meatballs Recipe

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Stock your freezer with these meatballs and you'll always have an appetizer on hand for unexpected guests. We even like to eat them as a main dish with rice or noodles on busy weeknights. —Anna Finley, Columbia, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES:96 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES: 96 servings


  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 can (12 ounces) fat-free evaporated milk
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 3 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • SAUCE:
  • 2-1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke, optional
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Nutritional Facts

1 meatball: 42 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 93mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 1-in. balls.
  2. Place meatballs on greased racks in shallow baking pans. Bake 15-20 minutes or until cooked through. Drain on paper towels.
  3. In a Dutch oven, combine sauce ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 2-3 minutes or until slightly thickened. Add meatballs; heat through, stirring gently.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled meatball mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Microwave, covered, on high in a microwave-safe dish until heated through, gently stirring and adding a little water if necessary.
    Yield: 8 dozen.
Originally published as Barbecue Glazed Meatballs in Healthy Cooking Annual Recipes Annual 2014

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mommayor User ID: 6425768 260832
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2017

"Best meatball recipe I've made so far. Delicious and easy! Family loved them."

tt2b123 User ID: 1638440 219326
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2015

"The sauce was tasty, I didn't think it would make enough to cover all the meatballs, but it did. I liked the method for cooking the meatballs on a rack in the oven, will definitely be using this trick in the future."

lorrielu User ID: 5639571 218542
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2015

"This recipe I have had for years it is excellent never any leftovers....very simple!"

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