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Apple Meatballs

Total Time

Prep: 45 min. Bake: 30 min.


72 meatballs

Since first taking these meatballs to various social events a few years ago, I've shared the recipe many times. Sweet apple jelly provides a nice contrast to the tangy barbecue sauce. - Kay Townsend, Obion, Tennessee.


  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup crushed seasoned stuffing
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 2-1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • SAUCE:
  • 2 bottles (18 ounces each) barbecue sauce
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) apple jelly
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first four ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls.
  2. In a large skillet, brown the meatballs; drain. Transfer to a greased 3-qt. baking dish. In a large saucepan, combine the sauce ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 10 minutes. Pour over meatballs.
  3. Cover and bake at 325° for 30 minutes or until meat is no longer pink.
Use pretzel sticks instead of toothpicks for serving appetizer meatballs. They taste great and reduce waste and mess.

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  • nik030384
    Dec 18, 2013

    Served these meatballs at a holiday party and they were a big hit. I cheated and used premade gluten free meatballs. They were so good