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Tangy and Sweet Meatballs Recipe

Tangy and Sweet Meatballs Recipe

When we entertain friends for Sunday dinner, I frequently serve these tangy meatballs. Everyone loves the distinctive sauce, but they're often surprised to learn it is made with gingernsaps. -Melody Mellinger, Myerstown, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups dry bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • SAUCE:
  • 3-1/2 cups tomato juice
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 10 gingersnaps, finely crushed
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon onion salt


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, onion, bread crumbs and salt. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls.
  • 2. In a large skillet, brown meatballs in batches in oil. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.
  • 3. In a large saucepan, combine the sauce ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring until cookie crumbs are dissolved. Pour over meatballs.
  • 4. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 526 calories, 21g fat (7g saturated fat), 155mg cholesterol, 1226mg sodium, 55g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 1g fiber), 29g protein

Reviews for Tangy and Sweet Meatballs

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Reviewed Dec. 30, 2015

"These are excellent meatballs! My family loves these with mashed potatoes."

Reviewed Dec. 23, 2015

"FINALLY!!!! Someone can actually post a recipe that includes the recipe for the meatballs! I haven't tried these yet, but the fact that there's a meatball recipe earns it 5 stars for me. THANK YOU!!! They sound delicious and will give them a try, even if it's for my pleasure at home."

Reviewed Oct. 11, 2014

"i love them sooo much! is there any way i can adjust the serving? i want to make some for me but 8 servings is wayyy too much. Can someone please help? these are the only meatballs i will eat."

Reviewed May. 1, 2014

"These meatballs are freaking AMAZING!!!! They are alwayssss a hit! I make them every chance I get on a holiday and everybody loves them!!!!!"

Reviewed Apr. 3, 2014

"Delicious every time, even the kids eat it"

Reviewed Dec. 31, 2013

"I make this every New Year's eve, it has become a tradition. Everyone loves them, also great over white rice."

Reviewed Mar. 8, 2013

"I love meatballs & am always trying new recipes for them, so it says a lot that this recipe is my all-time favorite! I've made it many times now & it goes great with mashed potatoes. I don't like the mess & time it takes to brown meatballs in the skillet, so I place them on a cookie sheet & bake them at 350 for 20 minutes. Then I drain them on paper towels, place them in a baking dish with the sauce & then only bake them an add'l 20 minutes. They turn out perfect every time! Makes about 35 meatballs, depending on their size."

Reviewed Feb. 11, 2013

"We love these meatballs. They are easy to make and are delicious with mashed potatoes."

Reviewed Jul. 5, 2012

"I make these several times a year. My family loves them. I always make extra sauce for the mashed potatoes."

Reviewed Dec. 22, 2011

"My Dad always made these for every potluck we went to and they were always the first things to go!"

Reviewed Aug. 25, 2011

"I make these every time i go to a party because that's what everyone wants me to bring and they never last long. I use a lrg bag of frozen meatballs and 1 1/2 times the sauce and let them simmer in a crock pot for a few hrs. They are always a huge hit!!"

Reviewed Apr. 21, 2011

"Ive been making this recipe for years and will continue to make it for many many more :)"

Reviewed Feb. 6, 2011

"We made this recipe for Super Bowl Sunday and it was definitely a WINNER! What a unique flavor the the sauce had, We will certainly make this one again."

Reviewed Sep. 28, 2010

"My family loves these! We serve them with buttery mashed potatoes and Italian Green Beans tossed with garlic and butter. Super good! Makes a LOT of sauce...Also, I spray the pan with cooking sray to help with cleanup."

Reviewed May. 1, 2010

"This is the best meatball recipe I have found!!! I have used it so many times for many potlucks or when I have company. Most of the time, I make the meatballs ahead and put in my crockpot on low for 6-8 hours."

Reviewed Apr. 28, 2010

"So yummy! Thought it was kinda weird putting ginger snaps into meatballs but it must be the secret ingredient. They're always a hit at potlucks & family gatherings."

Reviewed Mar. 19, 2010

"Amazing just the way it is! I will note that it did encourage gas to pass but since it affected us all we didn't care and it was well worth it!!"

Reviewed Jan. 21, 2010

"If you are cooking to impress, htis recipe is the way to go!!! It always does the trick in my home! It is now one of my favorite dished to make. You can't go wrong serving them with mashed potatoes."

Reviewed Dec. 23, 2009

"This recipe is excellent! I triple the batch and it is perfect for a party. I actually have used ground venison for the meatballs and the flavors are outstanding.

If I have a big party planned and a lot to do, I make the meat balls the day before according to directions, and then I put them in a crock-pot and store in the refrigerator until the next day. I turn on the crock-pot 3-4 hours before serving, stirring every 30-45 mins."

Reviewed Oct. 17, 2009

"This recipe never fails to please. I made this one years ago when it was first published in Taste of Home, and my copy is worn from use."

Reviewed Aug. 12, 2009

"I always cook the same thing for my family. So I decited that I would try 1 new recipe a week. My 1st try was this & my 5 children absolutely loved it. I took the suggestion from fkebeling & used already made meatballs, I also had to double the receipe for my family of 7. I did cut back on the brown sugar, used 1 1/2cup instead. Definately will be making again!!"

Reviewed Jun. 4, 2009

"This is similar in taste to the grape jelly/chili sauce meatball recipe, but better, IMO. The gingersnaps really jazz up the taste. I substitute V8 juice for the tomato juice simply because I always have V8 juice on hand."

Reviewed Apr. 16, 2009

"This is the best I have ever had. I used already made meatballs to save time. Gingersnaps is what makes. I lost the receipe and have been looking for it for over a year."

Reviewed Apr. 9, 2009

"This recipe it to die for!!!!

Thank you so much"

Reviewed Feb. 17, 2009

"Made this dish a few years back, and it was the best meatballs I have ever had."

Reviewed Jan. 5, 2009

"great for races or ball games .. so easy a caveman could do it !!"

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