Save on Pinterest

Tangy Meatballs

These hearty meatballs are a family favorite and a big hit wherever they go! In their delicious barbecue sauce, they're a perfect dish to pass and also work well as hors d'oeuvres. —Jane Barta, St. Thomas, North Dakota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min.
  • Makes
    4 dozen


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Place all of the meatballs in one 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.

Recommended Video


Click stars to rate
Average Rating:
  • 2124arizona
    Jun 24, 2017

    We've served this recipe for years and it always gets rave reviews. Make sure you have copies of the recipe on hand.

  • Noble3430
    Oct 17, 2014

    I have been making these for what seems like forever. I have tried some newer meatball recipes, but I keep coming back to this one because none others beat it. AMAZING classic meatball.

  • aidynrose
    Aug 17, 2010

    When imake these meatballs I need to make a double batch because they very quickly. I also need to save some for my family members when I take them to a party

  • rmccarter
    Jan 7, 2010

    I LOVE this recipe!!! I have made it for holiday gatherings as well as luncheons for work. Even my six-year-old and 2-year-old love these meatballs. I do use minced onion instead of chopped onion though. It is more kid friendly. They make great leftovers and snacks also!!!

  • mikefreezn
    Nov 6, 2008

    These are wonderful! If nothing else, make the sauce its delicious!

  • bevh88
    Oct 25, 2008

    This recipe is one of my family's favorite for any get together. My son has friends come when they hear mom's fixing meatballs. My daughter wants them for her graduation party. I like this recipe because you can make the meatballs up way ahead of time and freeze them until your ready to bake them.bevh88

  • lisa53202
    Aug 26, 2008

    I thought there were too many oats in these meatballs!

  • Deb
    Nov 1, 2006

    No comment left