Sweet Barbecue Meatballs Recipe
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Sweet Barbecue Meatballs Recipe

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The sweet, thick barbecue sauce clings to large tasty meatballs. This recipe is one of my favorites to take to potlucks or to serve as a meal after harvest. —Gwen Goss, Garden City, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground pork
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons liquid smoke, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Nutritional Facts

3 each: 467 calories, 20g fat (7g saturated fat), 116mg cholesterol, 866mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 2g fiber), 25g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Crumble pork over mixture and mix well. Shape into 2-in. balls. Place meatballs on a greased rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°. Drain on paper towels. Transfer to an ungreased 2-qt. baking dish.
  2. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, combine ketchup, brown sugar, liquid smoke if desired and lemon juice; cook and stir until brown sugar is dissolved. Pour over meatballs. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 10-15 minutes longer or until heated through. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Barbecued Meatballs in Country Pork 1996, p70

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grantg2 User ID: 6580638 46889
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2014

""I wish people would not comment and rate a recipe before they even try it. It brings down the ratings needlessly. Use your heads." Common sense dictates that we make the recipe and decide how good it is... lack of common sense is very common."

luv2cook64 User ID: 6003221 202288
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2014

"Made this with ground chuck instead of pork.... it was great!!!"

dsicard User ID: 1455080 15721
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2014

"these are wonderful. I prefer them without the smoke. also very good to add pineapple & green pepper chunks to the sauce mixture & serve over steamed white rice"

Bleugerman User ID: 4133955 49688
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2014

"These are wonderful. Full of flavor. I will be making these a lot. Thank you for the recipe.

I wish people would not comment and rate a recipe before they even try it. It brings down the ratings needlessly. Use your heads."

Dilli User ID: 7204156 75961
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2014

"Do you have to use ground pork? If I ask the butcher for group pork, what do I specifically ask for? Sounds great."

rebelwithoutaclue User ID: 4288906 18963
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2014

"I really like the looks of these. I know I will substitute my homemade Bar-B-Que sauce for the ketchup and brown sugar. I will add the liquid smoke and lemon juice as indicated."

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