BBQ Sauce Meatballs Recipe
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BBQ Sauce Meatballs Recipe

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I whipped these up for my son’s first birthday so I could serve something savory alongside the cake and ice cream. They’re delicious! —Tara Reeder, Mason, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 7 hours
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 7 hours
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • SAUCE:
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

Nutritional Facts

1 meatball: 109 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 363mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 8g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the egg, cheese, bread crumbs and onion. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls. Transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the sauce ingredients; pour over meatballs. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or until meat is no longer pink. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Barbecue Meatballs in Simple & Delicious August/September 2010, p19

Blush Wine

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

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luvdecorating User ID: 7422605 174952
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2013

"They are delish!!! Takes a few min to assemble in the crockpot. I make this a day before a holiday n just heat them up when the guests arrive."

braceletgirl User ID: 939043 130744
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2013

"I thought these were excellent. I made for Christmas Eve. Everyone loved them! Would def make again."

eli05 User ID: 3750978 175330
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2011

"Did it according to directions (except I used pre-cooked meatballs)"

hotty143 User ID: 5119650 180063
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2011

"I made these for a Holloween Party and they were a hit!!"

Wendoline User ID: 5738383 148240
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2011

"I made these twice over the holidays and they were such a hit... and SO easy!!!"

jsouba User ID: 1788691 192871
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2010

"This recipe was amazingly delicious!!! Would also be good if a person didn't make meatballs but just put ground meat and mixed it all up. Would be excellent to eat like sloppy joes!!"

twylight User ID: 765140 211982
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2010

"This is a good recipe, though a little salty. My family liked it. I put the slow cooker on high for the first hour of cooking to increase the temperature faster, since I'm a little apprehensive about starting with raw ground meat in that appliance."

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