Sweet and Savory BBQ Meatballs

Ingredients

Recipe slightly adapted from my awesome sister-in-law Erin Jepsen

Meatballs

  • 1 onion, finely chopped (or one envelope of onion soup)
  • 1 12 sleeves saltine crackers (or breadcrumbs)
  • 2 pounds ground beef (or 1 lb ground beef, 1 lb ground turkey)
  • 3 eggs
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 Tb honey mustard (or spicy brown mustard)
  • 12 C ketchup
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Sauce

  • 14 C ketchup
  • 34 C sweet baby rays
  • 1 C brown sugar

(I used 34 C ketchup, 1 C brown sugar, and 1 C bbq sauce)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Chop an onion up into small pieces. Now, just a word of caution here. Chop the onions much smaller than the onions you see in this picture. Mine ended up being a bit too big and I wished I had taken the time to chop them in to fine little pieces.
  3. Pour 1 and 12 sleeves of saltine crackers into a gallon sized Ziploc bag. Crush the crackers with a rolling-pin until they are all crumbly and wonderful.
  4. Into a large mixing bowl place the cracker crumbs, 2 pounds ground beef (I use 9% lean), 3 eggs, salt and pepper, 3 Tb honey mustard, 12 C ketchup and 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce. Get your hands down into the bowl and mix all of the ingredients together well.
  5. Line 2 large cookie sheets with tin foil and spray it with cooking spray. Roll the meat into 2 inch balls and lay them out evenly on the trays.
  6. Bake them in the oven for 20 minutes.
  7. While the meatballs cook away, combine 14 cup ketchup, 34 cup Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce and 1 cup brown sugar.
  8. When the meatballs have a nice, crispy, dark brown exterior take them out of the oven and drizzle about 2 teaspoons of sauce over each one. Pop them back in the oven for 15 minutes to allow the sauce to heat through and get all sticky and marvelous.

Info

Yields: 48 meatballs

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Source: Jamie Cooks it Up, Erin Jepsen