Barbecued Party Starters Recipe
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Barbecued Party Starters Recipe

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These sweet and tangy bites are sure to tide everyone over before dinner. At the buffet, set out some fun toothpicks to make for easy nibbling. —Anastasia Weiss, Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 2-1/4 hours
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 2-1/4 hours
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 package (16 ounces) miniature hot dogs, drained
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) apricot preserves
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple chunks, drained


  1. In a large bowl, combine beef and onion, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 1-in. balls. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook meatballs in two batches until cooked through, turning occasionally.
  2. Using a slotted spoon, transfer meatballs to a 3-qt. slow cooker. Add hot dogs; stir in preserves and barbecue sauce. Cook, covered, on high 2-3 hours or until heated through.
  3. Stir in pineapple; cook, covered, 15-20 minutes longer or until heated through. Yield: 16 servings (1/3 cup each).
Originally published as Barbecued Party Starters in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2011, p39

Blush Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a blush wine such as White Zinfandel or a Rosé.

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fairface User ID: 6673560 117276
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2012

"I havent made this yet, but you are from my home town. I think that is awesome I found this on New Years Eve. It has everything in it we love. Thanks."

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