Barbecue Meatballs Appetizer

In a nutshell: Juicy barbecue seasoned meatballs are bathed in sweet honey barbecue sauce.

Ok. Ok. Meatballs? For Thanksgiving? In barbecue sauce?!? Yes, I know it’s unusual — for Thanksgiving or otherwise. But these are seriously good — and they are just right for pre-big Thanksgiving dinner munching.

Making these is simple and can be done a day or two in advance. Prepare the whole dish as directed, and then chill then in the fridge until ready to use. They’ll just need a quick reheating before serving (recommended: stovetop), and they’re ready to go.

See, I promised you simple. You can’t beat a dish that can be made well in advance.

Why not try something a little different this holiday?

Barbecue Meatballs Appetizer
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Serves: 4 servings
  • ¾ lb ground beef
  • ½ cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp barbecue seasoning (I use McCormick Grill Mates)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the ground beef, breadcrumbs, barbecue seasoning, salt and pepper. Stir well to combine. Then form into small (about 1-inch diameter) meatballs. Place onto a nonstick baking sheet.
  3. Bake the meatballs for 10 minutes, flip and bake for an additional 8-10 minutes, until cooked through.
  4. Meanwhile, warm the barbecue sauce in a medium sauce pan. Add the meatballs and toss to coat. Serve hot with toothpicks for easy grabbing.


  1. Heather says

    I see it says it yields 4 servings. How many actual meatballs? I’m thinking of making these for my daughter’s polka dot birthday party, where I will have about 24 guests (adults and children).


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