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Meatballs in Barbecue Sauce Recipe
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Meatballs in Barbecue Sauce Recipe

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This recipe came from my home ec teacher in high school. I enjoy making it because you can throw it in the oven and still have time to do other things.—Yvonne Nave, Lyons, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon Liquid Smoke, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (8 each) equals 474 calories, 18 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 119 mg cholesterol, 973 mg sodium, 51 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 28 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls.
  2. Place meatballs on a greased rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 18-20 minutes or until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the sauce ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Pour over meatballs. Bake 10-12 minutes longer. Yield: about 4 dozen.
Originally published as Barbecued Meatballs in Quick Cooking December 2000, p7

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (8 each) equals 474 calories, 18 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 119 mg cholesterol, 973 mg sodium, 51 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 28 g protein.

Reviews for Meatballs in Barbecue Sauce

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Reviewed Dec. 21, 2015

"Made these for our family Christmas and they were loved. My mother thought they were wonderful and said this recipe was a keeper. When forming the balls the mixture was very soggy and I was concerned they wouldn't hold up, but they baked up fine. I prepared them the night before and then put them in a crock pot with the sauce to warm up and they held up just fine there too. I did have to adjust the sauce, hence the 4 stars instead of 5. It was way too sweet, so I added more ketchup and some already prepared bottled bbq sauce. It turned out very delicious."

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Reviewed Jan. 23, 2015

"I double this recipe and replace 1 lb of the beef with Bob Evans Sausage. I also have to leave out the egg, but they don't fall apart. I use these Meatballs with the barbecue sauce or with marinara sauce. They are fantastic!"

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Reviewed Jul. 1, 2014

"I didn't have liquid smoke and in my opinion the sauce needs a little something to balance with the sweetness, so I used a little Worcestershire and I added more garlic powder. If I would have had more time I would have tweaked it a bit more.

As suggested in other reviews I baked them for the 20 minutes and then simmered them in the sauce the rest of the time."

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Reviewed Dec. 3, 2013

"Excellent recipe! I've been making this one for years. Very easy and fast to make!"

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Reviewed Oct. 31, 2013

"These are yummy! I did the same as Cindy, and did the meatballs in the oven for the 18 minutes and then let them simmer in the sauce for a bit. Excellent!"

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