BBQ Meatballs

Posted by Dawn on April 23rd, 2014 . Filed under: Appetizers, Beef, Main Dishes, Quick and Easy .
My husband loves anything with the word “barbecue” or “bbq” in it.  BBQ chicken pizza, BBQ chicken taquitos, BBQ ribs, pulled pork, BBQ chicken burgers, you name it.  If we go out to eat and there is something with barbecue sauce on it, I can almost guarantee that will be what he orders-and he usually loves every bite.  I happen to like barbecue sauce a lot too so when I saw this recipe online, I knew I’d have to try it.
If you look at the ingredient list, you might be a little confused about seeing oats listed.  I promise-you will have no idea the oats are in there. I was skeptical about frying them first, after dredging them in flour because I usually don’t fry my meatballs-but it really worked in this recipe.
I served this as a main dish over egg noodles and with a side salad but I also would think these would be great served as smaller, appetizer sized meatballs.
BBQ Meatballs

For the meatballs:

1 1/2 pounds ground beef
3/4 cup quick oats
1 cup milk
3 tablespoons very finely minced onion
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
Freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup all-purpose flour

For the Sauce:

1 cup ketchup
4 to 6 tablespoons minced onion
3 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
Dash of hot sauce, such as Tabasco

For the meatballs: In bowl, combine the ground beef and oats. Pour in the milk, and then add the onions, salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Roll the mixture into tablespoon-size balls and refrigerate them for 30 to 45 minutes to firm.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Heat the canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Dredge the meatballs in the flour, and then brown the meatballs in batches until light brown. As they brown, place them into a rectangular baking dish.

For the sauce: Stir together the ketchup, onions, vinegar, sugar, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. Drizzle the sauce evenly on the meatballs.

Bake until bubbly and hot, about 45 minutes.

Source: Pioneer Woman

4 Responses to BBQ Meatballs

  1. Monica

    I pretty much know I’ll love anything with “bbq” in its name too, Dawn. : ) I would be so happy to use it as a sauce for pasta and you did it here! These meatballs look so succulent and it’s very interesting with the oats.

  2. Chaya

    I have made meat loaf with oats so I know these have to be good. Oats sound just right to me and these look yummy.

  3. USA Kiwi (Kylee)

    These look delicious!
    Oats and milk in them add to the value, too!

  4. Eva @ Eva Bakes

    BBQ is one of our favorite food groups. In fact, I think we’re going to eat some tomorrow! I love the addition of oats in the meatballs – sounds like something we need to try making.

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