BBQ Mini-Meatballs

Total Time:
1 hr 10 min
25 min
45 min

30 mini-meatballs

  • 1/2 can evaporated milk
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups Neelys BBQ sauce, recipe follows
  • Neelys BBQ Sauce:
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 5 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients except BBQ sauce. Mix well with hands. Shape mixture into the size of walnuts and place in a single layer in a 13 by 9-inch pan. Pour Neelys BBQ sauce over meatballs and bake for 45 minutes. Remove and serve with toothpicks as an appetizer.

Neelys BBQ Sauce:

In a large saucepan, combine all ingredients and mix well. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to simmer. Cooked uncovered, stirring frequently every 15 minutes, for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Yield: 3 1/2 cups

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    I made these for a high school cross country banquet. I doubled the recipe and put them in a crockpot and took them to school. There was nothing left but a little sauce. Planning on making these again!
    The meatballs themselves were great. The sauce tastes overwhelmingly of vinegar.
    I have made these meatballs for about 5 different occasions and every time they are the first food item to go and I get many requests for the recipe. The are great for parties!
    I made these meatballs for a party and they were a hit. I will definitely make these again. I love the fact that the ingredients were things I usually keep in my pantry. Well actually I did have to go buy the ground pork which I think made the meatballs taste so good mixed with the ground beef. So delicious. Next time I will add marinara sauce like another reviewer suggested or make an albondigas soup. :
    What a winner! I don't eat pork so I substituted with ground turkey. I didn't have evaporated milk so I used 1% organic milk. It did make it a little bit more liquidy, but I'm sure if I used the evaporated milk it would have been more sticky to make balls better. But the taste is for real awesome! Great recipe!
    I made these last weekend and everyone loved them including the kids! Made them again last night so wanted to change it up, instead of the BBQ sauce, I roasted an orange bell pepper for about an hour and then through it in the food processor with a tbsn of olive oil and some salt, turned out to be a great dip! Also have been using turkey meat and they still turn out delicious! Just need to put less milk or some plain breadcrumbs to m ake the meat stay together
    These were a BIG HIT at my party. I will make them again and again. They are also great meatballs to use with a traditional marinara. Make them ahead and stash them in the freezer.
    I've made these many times. They are great for parties and they are always a hit. I also like serving them for dinner! They are very flavorful and moist and have become one of my favorites. Great job Neelys!
    I made these meatballs for a yacht party on Labor day. I was concerned they were too ordinary for this crowd. THEY WERE A HIT! Everyone loved them. I doubled the recipe and they were gone within 30 minutes. Several people asked me for the recipe. I was not a bit embarrased to say I got the recipe from the Neelys. Three ladies said they will make them for their next dinner parties. Kudos Gina and Pat! Well done!
    Brought these over to my boyfriend's mom's place for MNF...and they LOVED them. My boyfriend's mom would now like me to bring over some homemade cooking at least once a wk. She SO approves, and yay extra brownie points for me! :) Thanks haha.
    I made this recipe for the first time for a friends birthday party. It brought down the house!!!! Thank you Neely's you made me a star!!!
    At first I doubted the recipe because I've never made meatballs with oats before but this recipe was great!!! I made it for my superbowl party and it was by far the best dish. I used a honey bbq sauce and it was great! I made a minor tweak to the recipe by adding extra cayenne.
    You haven't had meatballs until you try these!! If you think meatballs are bland try these with the Neely Kick! Real show stoppers!
    Thank you Neelys! These are the best meatballs I ever had.
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