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Barbecued Party Starters

Total Time

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


16 servings (1/3 cup each)

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 two 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.

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  • robbrd
    Feb 4, 2020

    This is one of the dishes I made for the Super Bowl party we had. Loved how simple it was to make. Everyone seemed to enjoy the sweet bbq flavor. I did not use the beef and onion to make meatballs because I already homemade meatballs in the freezer. Due to the fact that I used frozen meatballs, it needed a longer cook time. To speed it up after 2 hours on low, I cooked it on high for 30 minutes and then went back to low and added the pineapple.

  • Cooper22
    Mar 1, 2013

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  • fairface
    Dec 31, 2012

    I havent made this yet, but you are from my home town. I think that is awesome I found this on New Years Eve. It has everything in it we love. Thanks.

  • jshenk
    Dec 24, 2012

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