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Sweet Barbecue Meatballs

The sweet, thick barbecue sauce clings to large tasty meatballs. This recipe is one of my favorites to take to potlucks or to serve as a meal after harvest. —Gwen Goss, Garden City, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground pork
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons liquid smoke, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice


  • In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Crumble pork over mixture and mix well. Shape into 2-in. balls. Place meatballs on a greased rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°. Drain on paper towels. Transfer to an ungreased 2-qt. baking dish.
  • Meanwhile, in a saucepan, combine ketchup, brown sugar, liquid smoke if desired and lemon juice; cook and stir until brown sugar is dissolved. Pour over meatballs. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 10-15 minutes longer or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
3 each: 467 calories, 20g fat (7g saturated fat), 116mg cholesterol, 866mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 2g fiber), 25g protein.

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  • grantg2
    Feb 2, 2014

    "I wish people would not comment and rate a recipe before they even try it. It brings down the ratings needlessly. Use your heads." Common sense dictates that we make the recipe and decide how good it is... lack of common sense is very common.

  • luv2cook64
    Jan 26, 2014

    Made this with ground chuck instead of pork.... it was great!!!

  • dsicard
    Jan 26, 2014

    these are wonderful. I prefer them without the smoke. also very good to add pineapple & green pepper chunks to the sauce mixture & serve over steamed white rice

  • Bleugerman
    Jan 25, 2014

    These are wonderful. Full of flavor. I will be making these a lot. Thank you for the recipe.I wish people would not comment and rate a recipe before they even try it. It brings down the ratings needlessly. Use your heads.

  • Dilli
    Jan 25, 2014

    Do you have to use ground pork? If I ask the butcher for group pork, what do I specifically ask for? Sounds great.

  • rebelwithoutaclue
    Jan 25, 2014

    I really like the looks of these. I know I will substitute my homemade Bar-B-Que sauce for the ketchup and brown sugar. I will add the liquid smoke and lemon juice as indicated.