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Easy Beer and Ketchup Meatballs Recipe
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Easy Beer and Ketchup Meatballs

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"This is an easy and delicious appetizer. I have made these for potlucks, baby showers, and super bowl parties. They go fast!"

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Original recipe makes 6 to 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    40 mins
  • COOK

    3 hrs

    3 hrs 40 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Place the beer and ketchup in a slow cooker on high setting and allow to simmer..
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the ground beef, garlic powder and onion, mixing well. Form mixture into meatballs about 3/4 inch in diameter. Place meatballs in a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  4. Bake at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) for 20 minutes.
  5. Transfer meatballs to the slow cooker with the beer and ketchup and simmer for 3 hours; sauce will thicken.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 06, 2003

I used Sam Adams beer for these meatballs. I baked them, then cooked the recipe in a crockpot for three hours. Great aroma, and super taste. I used them for meatball heros. Dyn-O-mite.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 20, 2003

We didn't enjoy these at all--they left a horrible smell and a horrible taste.

Oct 27, 2003

I was disappointed with this recipe. I thought it would be perfect for all the beer lovers in the family but it was NOT a big hit. We threw the leftovers out which is a bummer after making the meatballs from scratch. The meatballs are good, the sauce is not. Did not smell good cooking at all. You're better off making the meatballs and just using a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce.

Aug 27, 2003

This recipe is wonderful and very easy!

Feb 18, 2008

I used my own meatball recipe because what this recipe called for was extremely bland. I found the ketchup and beer sauce to be much too sweet, to the point where it was inedible. While cooking, it produced a disgusting smell that made me nauseous. All these things combined, I simply could not enjoy the sauce and ended up eating the meatballs separately. I would not recommend this recipe.

Sep 01, 2008

Beer and Ketchup. Hummm....I have played around with this recipe a few times. As written, I don't like it. Onion and garlic make great meatballs, but if you change the chopped oinion to minced onion, and change the garlic powder to minced garlic, you have a very tasty meatball. The sauce is watery, and kinda smells bad. This could be the basis for a good recipe, but as written, not so good.

Oct 04, 2010

This is a wonderful and easy recipe, and I make it frequently. My mom (who likes spicy food) uses the hot ketchup instead of regular. Great recipe! Thanks for sharing!!!

Sep 22, 2010

Excellent recipe, my husband loved these meat balls. I did add an egg to the recipe to hold the meat together. Worked well.


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  • Calories
  • 405 kcal
  • 20%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 29.6 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 72 mg
  • 24%
  • Fat
  • 22.9 g
  • 35%
  • Fiber
  • 0.6 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 16.5 g
  • 33%
  • Sodium
  • 1154 mg
  • 46%

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

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