Even though it’s only the last day of July, there was a cool breeze this morning when I walked outside that made it feel like fall. I love fall! The leaves changing color and the cooler temps are just a couple of reasons. Another one is the food! These BBQ meatballs I’m sharing today makes me think of fall and yummy comfort food!
This was my favorite main dish my mom made growing up and now it’s my kids’ favorite. The recipe has even won an award! Granted, it was my church potluck competition, but still. Church potlucks can be tough with all the grandmas bringing their delicious home-cooked recipes that have stood the test of time!
I think what makes it so good is the homemade BBQ sauce. Sometimes I just make the sauce and use it on chicken or whatever else tickles my fancy 🙂 I hope your family enjoys this dish as much as mine does!
Oh-another great thing about these meatballs is that the recipe makes a lot and they freeze well. If it’s just my family I’m feeding, I split the meatballs into two dishes and freeze one for later! Enjoy!
You will need:
2 lbs. hamburger (the leaner the better)
1 sleeve of Ritz crackers, crushed
1/4 c. milk
1 pkg. dry onion soup mix (I make my own for a healthier version)
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1-2 TBSP chili powder (depending on your taste)
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. salt
2 c. ketchup
1 c. packed brown sugar
2 TBSP liquid smoke
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1/2 c. of chopped onion OR 1 TBSP onion flakes
Preheat oven to 350. For the meatballs, thoroughly mix everything but the ground beef together in a large bowl. Next, mix in the ground beef. If you’re making these for an appetizer roll them into golf-ball-size balls. If it’s for the main dish, I make them a little larger. Set aside.
For the sauce, mix all ingredients together in a saucepan and bring to boil to melt the sugar. Pour the sauce over the meatballs (even if you’re freezing half for later, you can pour the sauce over the top). Bake uncovered for 45 minutes to an hour. If using for appetizers you can insert some fun toothpicks! If serving as a main dish, it goes great with Country Potato Casserole!