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BBQ Glazed Homemade Meatballs


"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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1 h 15 m servings 259 cals
Original recipe yields 12 servings (25 meatballs)

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  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).


  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 259 calories; 10.2 g fat; 30.3 g carbohydrates; 12.6 g protein; 55 mg cholesterol; 484 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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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 ...

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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 w...

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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 ...

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..eve...

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.

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 ...

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 d...

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.

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 chu...

These were great! We had friends over for dinner and ate almost the entire pan! I used worcestershire sauce in lieu of the liquid smoke per my husband's request, but will probably try it the ori...

These were excellent! I doubled the recipe for a potluck, and they were so good. Very moist, and the sauce got nice and sticky. The only change I made was adding dried minced onions to the glaze...