BBQ Sauced Meatballs

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min. + freezing


8 servings

Updated: Sep. 24, 2022
Coated in a thick and tasty barbecue sauce, these tender meatballs taste like mini meat laves with a little zip. I usually freeze them in small baking dishes that I cover tightly with foil. They can be reheated in the microwave or oven.—Margery Bryan, Moses Lake, Washington


  • 3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/4 pounds lean ground beef
  • SAUCE:
  • 1-1/2 cups ketchup
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 drops liquid smoke, optional


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls. Place 1 in. apart in ungreased 13x9-in. baking dishes. Combine the sauce ingredients; pour over meatballs
  2. Bake, uncovered, at 350° until meat is no longer pink and a thermometer reads 160°, 45-50 minutes. Cool. For each serving, place three meatballs with sauce in a small freezer container. Freeze for up to 3 months.
  3. To use frozen meatballs: Thaw in the refrigerator or remove from the freezer 30 minutes before baking. Bake, uncovered, at 350° until heated through, 20-25 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

3 each: 282 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 824mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 2g fiber), 18g protein.