10/09/2014

Barbecued Meatballs

Meatballs are a favorite dish for many people, my family included but then there’s the exception – my youngest son is crazy about them.  He request them when he gets home from a camping trip, after a Lacrosse game, when he does something exceptional in school and at least once a week.  I love that am honored that he finds my meatballs so yummy but goodness…sweet child, I just can’t make the same thing every week!
A Southern Soul

Of course, over time he wore me down so I started coming up with different ways to make them and Barbecued Meatballs quickly became a favorite.  It may look like there’s lots of ingredients but don’t worry, this dish is really easy.  Just make your sauce, put it on the back burner and let it simmer while you make the meatballs.  Even better, get someone to help you roll those savory, little rounds (that’s Hunter’s job) and before you know it, dinner is served. 

A Southern Soul | Meatballs

I serve these meatballs over rice or mashed potatoes and the leftovers are great on a hoagie roll with a little melted cheese on top.  Maybe best of all, keep them warm in your slow cooker for game day or when entertaining.  Stay tuned, y’all because I think I’ll probably have several more meatball recipes to share!

A Southern Soul | BBQ Meatballs
Barbecued Meatballs
Sauce

1 28 oz. bottle of prepared BBQ Sauce – I used Sweet Baby Rays
1/3 cup honey
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
2 cups chicken stock
1 tablespoon red pepper jelly
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

  • In a large stock pot or dutch oven, heat BBQ sauce on medium heat.
  • Stir in honey and tomato sauce.
  • Pour in chicken stock and bring sauce to a low simmer.
  • Add red pepper jelly and stir until melted.
  • Sprinkle in salt and pepper.  Reduce to low and simmer while meatballs are cooking.

Meatballs
2 pounds ground beef
1 cup Pepperidge Farms seasoned stuffing mix
1 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon parsley 
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Prepare 1 large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place ground beef in a large bowl.
  • Scoop stuffing mix into a plastic zip lock bag and pound any large pieces into fine crumbs.  Add to ground beef.
  • Add sour cream, parsley, salt and pepper to meat mixture.  
  • Using a wooden spoon or your hands, mix ingredients until blended but not over worked.
  • Scoop meat mixture with a ice cream scoop – I use a 1 and 1/2 tablespoon scoop.  Gently roll in palms of hands and place on parchment.
  • Cook meatballs for approximately 20 minutes until lightly browned on top.
  • Drain off any dripping and add meatballs to sauce.
  • Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Serve with rice, pasta, mashed potatoes or on crusty bread as a meatball sub.  
A Southern Soul | Meatballs

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Comments

  1. I love pepper jam. A friend of mine makes BBQ balls with grape jam.

  2. Thanks for stopping by. The pepper jelly gives the sauce a great flavor.
    xo,
    ~Donya

  3. How does the pepper jelly enhance the flavor? Just never had it before. One more question, can I use a different bbq sauce, what do you recommend? Not a fan of sweet baby ray's, I know I'm weird. Excited to make these, any help would be greatly appreciated.

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