BBQ Glazed Homemade Meatballs Recipe -
BBQ Glazed Homemade Meatballs Recipe
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BBQ Glazed Homemade Meatballs

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"Homemade meatballs made from beef, onion, oatmeal, evaporated milk, and egg, and glazed with a homemade barbecue sauce made with ketchup, brown sugar, garlic, and liquid smoke. Best meatballs I ever tasted. Everyone asks for this recipe."

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Original recipe makes 25 meatballs Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr

    1 hr 15 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a medium baking dish.
  2. In a bowl, mix beef, egg, oats, evaporated milk, salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, and 1/2 cup onion. Form into 1 1/2 inch balls and arrange in a single layer in the baking dish.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix ketchup, garlic, sugar, 1/4 cup onion, and liquid smoke. Pour evenly over the meatballs.
  4. Bake uncovered 1 hour in the preheated oven, until the minimum internal temperature of a meatball reaches 160 degrees F (72 degrees C).
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  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 07, 2006

These meatballs were great and everyone in the house loved them -- especially the 12yo, who said they were awesome. For the sauce, I did cut the brown sugar in the glaze in half as recommended by others, and it could have been reduced even more. With half the recommended amount of brown sugar, the sauce is still very sweet, maybe too sweet. I'd recommend starting with about a quarter of the recipe amount of brown sugar and working your way up from that. (Another idea is to make the meatballs without the glaze and use your favorite BBQ sauce instead.) As for quantity of sauce, you really don't need to smother the meatballs, so I don't think doubling the sauce is really necessary. For the meatballs themselves, I substituted 2% milk for the evaporated milk to lower fat grams, and it was fine. I used regular Old-Fashioned Oats rather than quick cooking, and the oats cooked up just fine.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 25, 2011

The sauce for these meatballs was really good! Although it was a tad too sweet. I simply added a tablespoon of mustard and it was perfect. The meatballs themselves were disappointing tho. Even with all the spices, they turned out to be pretty bland. If I ever make again, I will surely up the dosage for the spices. The bbq sauce is a keeper tho!

Apr 10, 2006

We really enjoyed these meat balls ...added a little garlic to bring them to the dinner table ........really, really great !!One suggestion for anybody that has never made meat balls before..every third meat ball you make wet you hands.

Nov 04, 2007

I actually cooked these in the slow cooker on low for about 6 hours. I added an entire bottle of bbq sauce also. They were very good and easy to make.

May 05, 2006

Absolutely delicious. Smelled amazing while they were cooking and tasted just as good. I only used about 1/3 cup of sugar, and it was plenty sweet. Didn't have any evaporated milk, so I just used a splash of skim, and it worked fine. They had a great texture-- nice and firm and no falling apart. I think I will make extra sauce next time. Will definitely make again.

Mar 27, 2008

I have made this recipe at least 12 times now. It is loved by all. The meatballs have a strong flavor so it is ok to add more ground beef without adjusting the other ingredients. I also always double the bbq sauce.

Jul 06, 2007

I left out the evaporated milk to make the recipe "kosher-friendly", and my family just LOVED them! Went great with garlic mashed potatoes and green beans! Will definitely make it again.

Jan 04, 2008

These were terrific. Instead of the homemade sauce, I used 1 1/4 cup of KC masterpiece. I also added extra seasoning salt and garlic. Make sure to use good quality ground round or ground chuck. I also later did a pan with marinara sauce and topped with parmesan and mozzerela when finished. It made excellent sub sandwiches.. These were a big hit at a party we had, with either sauce.


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  • Calories
  • 259 kcal
  • 13%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 30.3 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 55 mg
  • 18%
  • Fat
  • 10.2 g
  • 16%
  • Fiber
  • 1.1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 12.6 g
  • 25%
  • Sodium
  • 484 mg
  • 19%

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

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