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Easy Beer and Ketchup Meatballs

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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  • Calories:
  • 405 kcal
  • 20%
  • Fat:
  • 22.9 g
  • 35%
  • Carbs:
  • 29.6g
  • 10%
  • Protein:
  • 16.5 g
  • 33%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 72 mg
  • 24%
  • Sodium:
  • 1154 mg
  • 46%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  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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Philip Doherty

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.


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


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.