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Baked BBQ Meatballs Recipe
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Baked BBQ Meatballs

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"A sweet, tangy sauce gives these meatballs a wicked delicious taste that guarantees an empty dish at potlucks and several requests for the recipe. This recipe is easily doubled."

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Original recipe makes 20 meatballs Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    1 hr


  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Mix ground beef, cracker crumbs, chopped onion, milk, eggs, and salt in a large bowl. Roll out 20 meatballs and arrange on a baking sheet with a rim. Whisk together the ketchup, water, brown sugar, and nutmeg in a bowl. Pour mixture over meatballs.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until the meatballs are no longer pink in the center, about 45 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 21, 2011

The sauce is AMAZINGLY TASTY! Kids should LOVE the ketchup/brown sugar mixture BUT if you are a lover of spiciness (like I am! I LOVE hot sauce!) you are going to need to add some spice to it. As for the meat balls, it is a simple enough recipe to follow (took me 3 minutes to measure, mix and roll) but they do lack their own flavor identity. I would suggest choosing your own meat seasoning and adding it to the meat mixture before rolling into balls. This recipe is a good one and will be used again! Next time, I will add seasoning and vegetables to the meat mixture and add more SPICE to the sauce! ENJOY!!! :)

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 02, 2011

Sauce was a bit too sweet for my taste.

Sep 08, 2011

Tasty! I took these to my church community group and got several compliments and requests for the recipe. I made these on a baking sheet as directed and then moved them to a bowl to transport them, so a lot of the sauce ended up getting left behind. Since the flavor is really in the sauce I wonder if it would have been better just to have baked them in a couple of 9 x 13 dishes that I could have just taken with me. Still, very yummy.

Sep 19, 2011

So easy to make, and the nutmeg added a little kick. Baked in a 13 X 9 pan so I didn't lose any of the sauce.. My husband said they were "Really Good" and that's enough for me! Thank you for the recipe, Chris H.

Dec 27, 2011

Soo yummy..My hubby loved these..I added fresh garlic and basil,sea salt and cracked black pepper and crushed red pepper flakes (sweet and spicy).. to meatballs..and I made the homemade BBQ sauce,added 1 cup of Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce and a green pepper, chopped,baked..and served over rice..Next time, doing over mashed potatoes.. Super Moist and a great recipe..Thanks for sharing..Super easy and delish..

Jan 10, 2012

This is close to a recipe that I have been using for a while now. Unfortunately I can't find that cook book at the moment. :( The only difference between that recipe and this one, is that instead of using 1/3 cup water (which is about 6 TBS), it calls for 3T water and 3T white vinegar. The vinegar definitely balances out the super sweet flavor of the sugar, and in my opinion tastes better; more tangy. Therefore I can only give this recipe 4 stars. Still good tho. :)

Nov 27, 2011

If you add some red pepper flakes the flavors of the meatballs become really complex, both sweet and spicy at the same time. They come out really good and taste good with mashed potatoes.

Dec 01, 2011

These meatballs were great. Nice change from the regular Italian meatballs. I did double the sauce because I wanted enough to have over white rice. So good over rice. The sauce is quite sweet but my family likes that. If you aren't a fan of really sweet things then these may not be for you. I also misread the recipe and used ground ginger instead of nutmeg. Didn't matter because they were perfect. Definite keeper.


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  • Calories
  • 264 kcal
  • 13%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 26 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 66 mg
  • 22%
  • Fat
  • 13 g
  • 20%
  • Fiber
  • 0.6 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 10.8 g
  • 22%
  • Sodium
  • 603 mg
  • 24%

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

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