Barbecued Meatballs

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min.


about 3 dozen

Updated: Aug. 10, 2023
Grape jelly and chili sauce are the secrets that make these meatballs so fantastic. If I’m serving them at a party, I prepare the meatballs and sauce in advance and reheat them right before guests arrive. —Irma Schnuelle, Manitowoc, Wisconsin
Barbecued Meatballs Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) chili sauce
  • 1 jar (10 ounces) grape jelly


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first 8 ingredients. Crumble beef over bread crumb mixture and mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 1-in. balls. In a large skillet, brown meatballs in oil on all sides.
  2. Remove meatballs and drain. In the same skillet, combine chili sauce and jelly; cook and stir over medium heat until jelly has melted. Return meatballs to pan; heat through.

Nutrition Facts

1 meatball: 71 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 215mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.