Wednesday, February 1, 2012

BBQ Meatball Recipe

I'm posting this recipe in honor of my twin sister, Barb (aka "Barby").  Although we are twins we are quite different from one another.  I like to describe our differences this way:  Barby reads the Wall Street Journal and I prefer to make pinatas out of the Wall Street Journal. 

Furthermore, she does not enjoy cooking or baking and I LOVE IT!  But in 2012 she made it her new year's resolution to start meal planning and cooking homemade meals for her family.  Last night she advised (via Face book) her family's favorite recipe during January was Rob's BBQ Meatball recipe so I'd thought I would pass it along to the rest of you. (I call them Rob's BBQ meatballs because he is the one that first made them when I discovered this recipe). 

Rob's BBQ Meatballs

Meatball Ingredients: 
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 5 ounce can of evaporated milk (the smallest can you can buy)
  • 1 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
Sauce Ingredients: 
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion (don't over do; sometimes we use instant onion)
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Mix all the meatball ingredients together (except the ground beef) in a medium mixing bowl.  Crumble beef over the mixture and mix well.  Shape into 1" balls; placed in a greased 9 X13 baking dish. 

Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 18 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. 

Meanwhile, combine the sauce ingredients in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.  Pour over the meatballs after they have cooked for 18 minutes.  Then bake meatballs covered with sauce for another 10-12 minutes longer. 

Yields:  4 dozen

Side Serving Suggestions:  hash brown casserole, tossed salad, any vegetable or spoon bread.  

Note:  These freeze well and they are a good meal to take to others, because it makes enough for 2 small/medium families. 

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