Barbecued Cocktail Meatballs

Barbecued Cocktail Meatballs is another recipe that you can make from scratch or substitute Basic Oven Meatballs for a quick and easy meal or snack for when you're watching your favorite sports game.

You'll notice that the recipe for the meatballs is slightly different - and remember once again you'll be cooking these in the oven first for about 18 minutes and then adding them to a slow cooker with the sauce.

If you don't mind the slight difference in flavor and are in a hurry, just use the Oven Meatballs from the freezer.

If you're thinking that you could just use store-bought barbecue sauce, well, yes, you could - but think of the savings when you make it yourself from ingredients you have in your kitchen. You'll soon realize the flavor is much better - and no extra preservatives or other ingredients, plus that bottle to recycle.

Barbecuing and barbecue sauce is so popular when you realize how easy it is to make your own, you'll be whipping it up all the time to add real dash to even the most ordinary meats.

What a way to get a reputation!


Barbecued Cocktail Meatballs

Ingredients for the Cocktail Meatballs

2 lbs. lean ground beef

1/3 C ketchup

3 T (seasoned) dry bread crumbs

1 egg, slightly beaten

2 T dried onion flakes

3/4 t garlic salt

1/2 t black pepper

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine ground beef, 1/3 cup ketchup, bread crumbs, egg onion flakes, garlic salt, and black pepper in medium bowl. Mix lightly but thoroughly; shape into 1-inch meatballs.

Place meatballs in two 15 x 10" jelly-roll pans or shallow roasting pans.

Bake 18 minutes or until browned. Transfer meatballs to slow cooker/Crock Pot.

Or, substitute Basic Oven Meatballs

Ingredients for the Barbecue Sauce

1 C ketchup

1 C packed brown sugar

1 small can (6 oz) tomato paste

1/4 C reduced-sodium soy sauce

1/4 C cider vinegar

1 1/2 t hot pepper sauce

Mix 1 cup ketchup, sugar, tomato paste, soy sauce, vinegar,and hot pepper sauce in medium bowl. Pour over meatballs.

Cover and cook on LOW 4 hours.

Serve with cocktail picks.

Makes about 4 dozen 1 inch meatballs.

Mmm...I can almost smell how good these will taste. Let me know when you're making these, I'll be over in a flash!


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