Barbecued Party Starters

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Cook: 2-1/4 hours


16 servings

Updated: Mar. 07, 2023
These sweet and tangy bites will tide over everyone until dinner. At the buffet, set out some fun toothpicks to make for easy nibbling. —Anastasia Weiss, Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
Barbecued Party Starters Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 package (16 ounces) miniature hot dogs, drained
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) apricot preserves
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple chunks, drained


  1. In a large bowl, combine beef and onion, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 1-in. balls. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook meatballs in 2 batches until cooked through, turning occasionally.
  2. Using a slotted spoon, transfer meatballs to a 3-qt. slow cooker. Add hot dogs; stir in preserves and barbecue sauce. Cook, covered, on high or until heated through, 2-3 hours.
  3. Stir in pineapple; cook, covered, until heated through, 15-20 minutes longer.

Nutrition Facts

1/3 cup: 237 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 491mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 0 fiber), 9g protein.