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BBQ Meatballs Recipe
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BBQ Meatballs

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"Get out your biggest pot! This recipes makes tons of yummy bbq meatballs - perfect for a big gathering. I always get lots of requests for this one."

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Original recipe makes 5 dozen meatballs Change Servings
  • PREP

    45 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr

    1 hr 45 mins


  1. In a large bowl, combine eggs, 1/2 cup vodka and Worcestershire sauce. Season with 2 tablespoons onion flakes, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix in ground beef, ground turkey and bread crumbs. Shape into meatballs, and set aside.
  2. In a very large pot over medium heat, Combine crushed tomatoes, tomato puree, barbeque sauce, pineapple, brown sugar, ketchup, and 1/2 cup vodka. Season to taste with onion flakes, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer.
  3. Heat a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Cook meatballs until evenly brown on all sides. Carefully place into sauce, and simmer for at least an hour.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 06, 2008

I made these for a family reunion. I boiled the meatballs instead of frying them. It makes them less greasy, is easier to do and they hold their shape better. I put them in a crock pot, put the sauce over and cooked on low for 3 hours. Very yummy and I got rave reviews.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 08, 2010

followed recipes completely. meatballs where mushy, and sauce was too tomatoey. will not use this recipe again.

Apr 04, 2007

Oh yum Liane! We really loved these. I scaled the recipe down to six and used ground turkey. Altho the meatballs would make a really nice appy, which I will certainly do in the future, I made them for dinner and served them over mashed potatoes. I followed the recipe, however, next time I won't waste my vodka as I didn't think it added anything to the dish. Thanks so much!

Oct 31, 2004

I made this for my party and there was not a meatball left in the house! I only used one can of crushed tomatoes (two wouldnt fit in the pot) I made sauce first then added large 6lb bag of frozen meatballs from Costco and cooked on high for 4-5 hours then turned down to warm for the rest of the night.This will be my "dish" when invited to parties

Jan 02, 2004

This was a very tasty dish, although I prefer to substitute a cup and a half of uncooked rice for the bread crumbs. It's excellent served with baked beans and corn on the cob.

Aug 20, 2010

Really good and very easy! I used all turkey and omitted all of the vodka from the recipe. I also used all fresh tomatoes from my garden (instead of the canned) and cooked them together with all of the other sauce ingredients. Also, baked the meatballs in a 400 degree oven for about 40 minutes (while making the sauce)... I put them in a crock pot and poured only half of the sauce over the meatballs. I froze the other half of the sauce to use later.

Mar 04, 2010

I have used this recipe at least 10 times now! WONDERFUL meatballs! I actually use frozen meatballs, but I prepare the sauce as written (except I have usually left out the vodka) and then throw everything in a crock pot. It is sooooo good! I use Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce - our personal fave - amazing! I've also had good luck with KC's. YUM! I can only imagine how much better this is with the homemade meatballs! Someday I will try! I've also thrown Little Smokies/Mini Hot Dogs in the sauce. Sometimes I will just let the sauce cook first in the crock pot, and add the meatballs after awhile. They usually heat up pretty well, and this keeps 'em from getting soggy. THANKS for the recipe!

Nov 19, 2009

At first I didn't think this recipe was that good. Though I think part of my impression was because of the bad choice in trying to pair it with cooked linguine. I intentionally made the full yield in order to have left overs. I didn't have an issue with them not cooking through enough. As the sauce was simmering, I used a large skillet and browned the meatballs in small batches before adding them to the pot with the sauce. They cooked through while the sauce simmered for about an hour. Reheating them and serving them alone I realize that they are quite tasty. I agree with one of the other reviewers that these would make great meatball subs. Though I didn't initially like them, my family did. And I've since served some of the left over meatballs and gotten many compliments. These do take a while to make, but they are worth it. Something that might help cut down on prep time is to have a few volunteers with you to form the meatballs. This might go without saying, though I've learned the hard way that you need to be careful when you are simmering the sauce so that it doesn't become burnt on the bottom of the pot. A splatter screen is a good idea too. Thanks Liane!


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  • Calories
  • 369 kcal
  • 18%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 34.9 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 87 mg
  • 29%
  • Fat
  • 16.3 g
  • 25%
  • Fiber
  • 2.3 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 17.3 g
  • 35%
  • Sodium
  • 884 mg
  • 35%

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

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