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Barbecue Sauce Meatballs Recipe
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Barbecue Sauce Meatballs Recipe

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These tender ground beef meatballs have just the right amount of zip, thanks to the tangy sauce.—Cyndi Fynaardt, Oskaloosa, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup crisp rice cereal, crushed, divided
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • SAUCE:
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Nutritional Facts

1 meatball equals 74 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 28 mg cholesterol, 131 mg sodium, 5 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 5 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 meat, 1/2 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the egg, 3/4 cup cereal, onion, salt and pepper. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well.
  2. For sauce, in a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Add 2 tablespoons sauce to meat mixture; mix well. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls.
  3. Place meatballs on a rack coated with cooking spray in a shallow baking pan. Brush with remaining sauce; sprinkle with remaining cereal. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 20-25 minutes or until no longer pink; drain. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Barbecued Meatballs in Taste of Home August/September 2008, p30

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Reviewed Feb. 3, 2011

"The recipe introduction incorrectly listed pork as being in this recipe. The only meat used is ground beef. The error will be corrected soon.

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Reviewed Feb. 1, 2011

"The intro says pork and beef, recipe does not list pork. Is it missing?"

Reviewed Dec. 5, 2009

"These meatballs were amazing! They were gone before I got the chance to put them on the table!"

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