Australian BBQ Meatballs Recipe -
Australian BBQ Meatballs Recipe
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Australian BBQ Meatballs

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"These delicious meatballs get even better the next day my whole family loves them! The sauce is also great on ribs."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr

    1 hr 15 mins


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a medium bowl, mix together the ground beef, bread crumbs, 2 onions, curry powder, Italian seasoning, egg, garlic, salt and pepper. Gradually mix in the milk until you have a nice texture for forming meatballs. You may not need all of the milk. Form the meat into balls slightly smaller than golf balls. Place them in a greased baking dish.
  2. Bake the meatballs for 30 minutes in the preheated oven. Once the meatballs are in the oven, start making the sauce straight away.
  3. Melt the margarine in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the remaining onions, and cook until browned. Stir in the ketchup, beef stock, steak sauce, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, instant coffee, brown sugar and lemon juice. Bring to a boil over medium heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the meatballs are done.
  4. Remove the meatballs from the oven, and drain any excess grease. Pour the sauce over them, and return to the oven. Bake for an additional 30 minutes.
  5. These meatballs taste even better after they have been left to rest for a while to soak up the sauce. I usually make the recipe at lunchtime and let it cool. I put it back in the oven at about 200 degrees for approximately 15 minutes to reheat for dinner. This is not necessary but it makes it taste even better!
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 27, 2010

These were really good. I did make a couple of (I think) small changes. I did not have enough worcestershire (and thought 1/2 cup would have been too much, anyway), so I drained the bottle I had and ended up with about 2TBS. Also, I forgot the garlic. Otherwise pretty much as written. Served them with Farfalle (bowtie) pasta. The meatballs had a distinctive (and I mean that in a good way) flavor... warm without being overpoweringly spicy... with an excellent texture. Will definitely make again. Good for a potluck ... and I migh not even need to provide pasta ... the sauce is so good!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 17, 2006

My family really did *not* like this recipe. Originally, I thought perhaps I had accidentally switched some of the measurements, since some of the flavours were overpowering to the point of being sickening. Perhaps it was the steak sauce brand that I used. The meatballs were okay (but I would reduce the amount of curry by at least half). My sister actually suggested rinsing the sauce off them.


44 Ratings

Sep 11, 2006

We really wanted to like this recipe. We love when people combine common flavors in uncommon ways! But in our opinion the curry in the sauce was a terrible choice.

Apr 07, 2009

This was really yummy. My marine loved it as well , which deff make it a keeper! I added a 1/4 cup of bbq sauce and Franks Red Hot sauce to the sauce as well to give it sweetness with and extra kick! Thanks!

Mar 18, 2006

I'm sorry but, honestly, the sauce was absolutely disgusting. The reviewer who said it was strong to the point of being sickening wasn't joking. I managed to half salavage it by adding a can of diced tomatoes, a can of low-sodium beef broth, and some V8 veggie juice. Even then the flavor was still very strong, and there was no way I was going to eat it. Luckily, the meatballs I was using were just fairly bland ones that I made last week. I'm sure I would have ended up throwing it all out had I made the meatballs in the original recipe. Husband ate this begrudgingly.

Jul 02, 2010

This is a really great recipe! I toned a few things down a bit, based on previous reviews (I halved the curry, vinegar, and lemon juice) and the result was delicious! Separately and together, the two parts of the recipe have really worked out well for me.

May 16, 2006

My rating is only for the meatball part of the recipe not the sauce. I have my own homemade BBQ sauce which I use over and over again! I have never cooked meatballs in the oven before and had always been frusterated with meatballs that were dry after frying. These meatballs turned out moist and perfect!

Nov 12, 2005

Another Allrecipes winner. Meatballs cooked this way should be easily adapted for use with other sauces, too.


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  • Calories
  • 546 kcal
  • 27%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 68.7 g
  • 22%
  • Cholesterol
  • 120 mg
  • 40%
  • Fat
  • 19.6 g
  • 30%
  • Fiber
  • 3.3 g
  • 13%
  • Protein
  • 26.3 g
  • 53%
  • Sodium
  • 1689 mg
  • 68%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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