Tangy Meatballs Recipe
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Tangy Meatballs Recipe

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These hearty meatballs are a family favorite and a big hit wherever they go! In their delicious barbecue sauce, they're a perfect dish to pass and also work well as hors d'oeuvres. —Jane Barta, St. Thomas, North Dakota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups quick-cooking or rolled oats
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • SAUCE:
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Nutritional Facts

4 each: 423 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 100mg cholesterol, 991mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 2g fiber), 27g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, beat eggs. Add oats, milk, onion, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Add the ground beef; mix well. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls. Place meatballs on greased racks in shallow baking pans. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 30 minutes; drain.
  2. Place all of the meatballs in one of the pans. In a saucepan, bring all sauce ingredients to a boil. Pour over meatballs. Return to the oven and bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until meatballs are done. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Tangy Meatballs in Taste of Home June/July 1993, p39

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Noble3430 User ID: 3622798 2287
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2014

"I have been making these for what seems like forever. I have tried some newer meatball recipes, but I keep coming back to this one because none others beat it. AMAZING classic meatball."

aidynrose User ID: 2934037 6759
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2010

"When imake these meatballs I need to make a double batch because they very quickly. I also need to save some for my family members when I take them to a party"

rmccarter User ID: 4769718 2286
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2010

"I LOVE this recipe!!! I have made it for holiday gatherings as well as luncheons for work. Even my six-year-old and 2-year-old love these meatballs. I do use minced onion instead of chopped onion though. It is more kid friendly. They make great leftovers and snacks also!!!"

mikefreezn User ID: 1326926 3338
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2008

"These are wonderful! If nothing else, make the sauce its delicious!"

bevh88 User ID: 1262210 6926
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2008

"This recipe is one of my family's favorite for any get together. My son has friends come when they hear mom's fixing meatballs. My daughter wants them for her graduation party. I like this recipe because you can make the meatballs up way ahead of time and freeze them until your ready to bake them.


lisa53202 User ID: 1079567 199058
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2008

"I thought there were too many oats in these meatballs!"

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