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Baked BBQ Meatballs

Baked BBQ Meatballs

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Chris H

A sweet, tangy sauce gives these meatballs a wicked delicious taste that guarantees an empty dish at potlucks and several requests for the recipe. This recipe is easily doubled.

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  • Calories:
  • 264 kcal
  • 13%
  • Fat:
  • 13 g
  • 20%
  • Carbs:
  • 26g
  • 8%
  • Protein:
  • 10.8 g
  • 22%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 71 mg
  • 24%
  • Sodium:
  • 603 mg
  • 24%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Mix ground beef, cracker crumbs, chopped onion, milk, eggs, and salt in a large bowl. Roll out 20 meatballs and arrange on a baking sheet with a rim. Whisk together the ketchup, water, brown sugar, and nutmeg in a bowl. Pour mixture over meatballs.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until the meatballs are no longer pink in the center, about 45 minutes.
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The sauce is AMAZINGLY TASTY! Kids should LOVE the ketchup/brown sugar mixture BUT if you are a lover of spiciness (like I am! I LOVE hot sauce!) you are going to need to add some spice to it. As for the meat balls, it is a simple enough recipe to follow (took me 3 minutes to measure, mix and roll) but they do lack their own flavor identity. I would suggest choosing your own meat seasoning and adding it to the meat mixture before rolling into balls. This recipe is a good one and will be used again! Next time, I will add seasoning and vegetables to the meat mixture and add more SPICE to the sauce! ENJOY!!! :)

Hannah Smith Hall

Tasty! I took these to my church community group and got several compliments and requests for the recipe. I made these on a baking sheet as directed and then moved them to a bowl to transport them, so a lot of the sauce ended up getting left behind. Since the flavor is really in the sauce I wonder if it would have been better just to have baked them in a couple of 9 x 13 dishes that I could have just taken with me. Still, very yummy.


So easy to make, and the nutmeg added a little kick. Baked in a 13 X 9 pan so I didn't lose any of the sauce.. My husband said they were "Really Good" and that's enough for me! Thank you for the recipe, Chris H.