Tangy Meatballs

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min.


4 dozen

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
A family favorite, these tend meatballs make a popular hors d'oeuvres at parties. The easy homemade barbecue sauce boasts terrific smoky-sweet flavor.—Jane Barta, St. Thomas, North Dakota
Tangy Meatballs Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups quick-cooking or rolled oats
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • SAUCE:
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. In a large bowl, beat eggs. Add oats, milk, onion, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Add the ground beef; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls. Place meatballs on greased racks in shallow baking pans. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 30 minutes; drain.
  2. Place all of the meatballs in 1 of the pans. In a saucepan, bring all sauce ingredients to a boil. Pour over meatballs. Return to the oven and bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until meatballs are done.

Nutrition Facts

4 meatballs: 423 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 100mg cholesterol, 991mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 2g fiber), 27g protein.

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