Australian BBQ Meatballs

Australian BBQ Meatballs

35 Reviews 2 Pics
  • Prep

    15 m
  • Cook

    1 h
  • Ready In

    1 h 15 m
Recipe by  STEPH477

“These delicious meatballs get even better the next day my whole family loves them! The sauce is also great on ribs.”

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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a medium bowl, mix together the ground beef, bread crumbs, 2 onions, curry powder, Italian seasoning, egg, garlic, salt and pepper. Gradually mix in the milk until you have a nice texture for forming meatballs. You may not need all of the milk. Form the meat into balls slightly smaller than golf balls. Place them in a greased baking dish.
  2. Bake the meatballs for 30 minutes in the preheated oven. Once the meatballs are in the oven, start making the sauce straight away.
  3. Melt the margarine in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the remaining onions, and cook until browned. Stir in the ketchup, beef stock, steak sauce, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, instant coffee, brown sugar and lemon juice. Bring to a boil over medium heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the meatballs are done.
  4. Remove the meatballs from the oven, and drain any excess grease. Pour the sauce over them, and return to the oven. Bake for an additional 30 minutes.
  5. These meatballs taste even better after they have been left to rest for a while to soak up the sauce. I usually make the recipe at lunchtime and let it cool. I put it back in the oven at about 200 degrees for approximately 15 minutes to reheat for dinner. This is not necessary but it makes it taste even better!

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My family really did *not* like this recipe. Originally, I thought perhaps I had accidentally switched some of the measurements, since some of the flavours were overpowering to the point of being sickening. Perhaps it was the steak sauce brand that I used. The meatballs were okay (but I would reduce the amount of curry by at least half). My sister actually suggested rinsing the sauce off them.



We really wanted to like this recipe. We love when people combine common flavors in uncommon ways! But in our opinion the curry in the sauce was a terrible choice.



These were really good. I did make a couple of (I think) small changes. I did not have enough worcestershire (and thought 1/2 cup would have been too much, anyway), so I drained the bottle I had and ended up with about 2TBS. Also, I forgot the garlic. Otherwise pretty much as written. Served them with Farfalle (bowtie) pasta. The meatballs had a distinctive (and I mean that in a good way) flavor... warm without being overpoweringly spicy... with an excellent texture. Will definitely make again. Good for a potluck ... and I migh not even need to provide pasta ... the sauce is so good!

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Amount Per Serving (4 total)

  • Calories
  • 546 cal
  • 27%
  • Fat
  • 19.6 g
  • 30%
  • Carbs
  • 68.7 g
  • 22%
  • Protein
  • 26.3 g
  • 53%
  • Cholesterol
  • 126 mg
  • 42%
  • Sodium
  • 1689 mg
  • 68%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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