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Barbecue Glazed Meatballs

Stock your freezer with these meatballs and you'll always have a tasty appetizer on hand. We even like to eat them as a main dish with rice or noodles on busy weeknights. —Anna Finley, Columbia, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
  • Makes
    8 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 can (12 ounces) fat-free evaporated milk
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 3 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • SAUCE:
  • 2-1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke, optional
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400°. In a large bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 1-in. balls.
  • Place meatballs on greased racks in shallow baking pans. Bake until cooked through, 15-20 minutes. Drain on paper towels.
  • In a Dutch oven, combine sauce ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 2-3 minutes or until slightly thickened. Add meatballs; heat through, stirring gently.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled meatball and sauce mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Microwave, covered, on high in a microwave-safe dish until heated through, stirring gently and adding a little water if necessary.
Nutrition Facts
1 meatball: 42 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 93mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

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  • jpfidler
    Jul 22, 2017

    I substitute the onion for onion powder. The grandkids don't like the pieces of onions in the meatballs so I used the powder instead. They still taste great.

  • mommayor
    Feb 5, 2017

    Best meatball recipe I've made so far. Delicious and easy! Family loved them.

  • tt2b123
    Jan 31, 2015

    The sauce was tasty, I didn't think it would make enough to cover all the meatballs, but it did. I liked the method for cooking the meatballs on a rack in the oven, will definitely be using this trick in the future.

  • lorrielu
    Jan 22, 2015

    This recipe I have had for years it is excellent never any leftovers....very simple!