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Appetizer Meatballs

"I made changes to a barbecue sauce recipe to meet my family's taste," writes Cheryl Crowson, Sundance, Wyoming. "When we needed a quick appetizer for a get-together, I tried the sauce over prepared meatballs, and everyone enjoyed it."
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    about 6 dozen


  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash garlic powder
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 1 package (32 ounces) frozen fully cooked homestyle meatballs


  • In a Dutch oven, combine the first nine ingredients Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, thaw meatballs in microwave according to package directions. Stir into sauce; heat through.

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  • abreendre
    Sep 6, 2016

    These were easy and tasty. I loved that I could take them to a summer cookout and never have to turn on the oven.. A great find for Labor Day and the transition from summer to Fall.

  • Inessa1103
    Jan 1, 2016

    Love the sauce, you can use it with any kind of meat! Made meatball from scratch and both times ( chicken of pork) the they tasted delicious!

  • casitia
    Dec 31, 2013

    These meatballs are a welcome change to the usual grape jelly and chill sauce recipe. I made these for Christmas Eve appetizers and even my picky grandsons indulged !

  • hhunter012
    Oct 24, 2013

    Delicious we make them for all of our party's and there are never leftovers!

  • katlaydee3
    May 26, 2013

    I did not really care for these at all, the sauce tasted somewhat off to me.

  • FLZephyr
    Mar 14, 2013

    We made a huge batch of these for a house dedication service. Everyone loved them! They have a great balance of spice and sweet. Best of all they are super simple to make!

  • mrosullivan
    Jan 1, 2013

    This was a New Years Eve party hit!

  • jammin
    Jun 18, 2010

    I made my own meatballs, but the sauce was a great hit with all. I have been asked to make it for parties.

  • lindipally
    Aug 18, 2009

    Fabulous and so tasty! Made these for a christening and many asked for the recipe! This recipe is a winner!