Sweet N Tangy BBQ Meatballs

Sep 21, 2010 by

We eat a lot of grass-fed beef and bison in this house, at least 2-3 times a week. With that, it’s hard to be original but I keep trying. I used the crockpot for this because I had errands to run and didn’t want to be in the house, but I surmise you could just cook them in your oven without issue.

I tried this recipe last week and was very pleased with how it came out. The meatballs were sweet but still savory and the BBQ sauce gave it a great tangy flavor. You can serve this as mini hors d’oeuvres with little fancy toothpicks. Apparently, my four-year old daughter is high royalty and this is the only way she’ll eat meatballs. But hey, whatever works with kids, right?

Kristen made them right after I told her about the recipe and asked her to let me know what her substitutions were so I could share them with you. Her family is gluten-free, not totally grain free, so she used a slice of gluten free bread as the binder. She also used half beef and half venison which sounds AWESOME and homemade blueberry jam instead of grape. This recipe calls for allspice but if you don’t have it, you can simply do what she did and add a dash of cinnamon/nutmeg/pepper/cloves.

I mentioned this before but I use this BBQ sauce. It’s made with all natural ingredients and no added sugar or sweetener and it truly is delicious. I get nothing from the company for saying this; I just honestly really like the product.

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  1. Jan

    Holy grass-fed cow, that entire plate looks delicious!

  2. Todd

    This looks awesome. It has been a long time since I have enjoyed meatballs! I believe we have 1 lb. of ground beef left from the 1/2 grass fed cow we purchased at the beginning of the summer… I think I know what I am going to do with it now!

    P.S. I LOVE it how I do a post on green beans the same day you do this post that shows Green Beans on your plate for Dinner. Lol. I noticed that right away!

  3. Stephanie

    Great looking recipe! Can't wait to give it a try. I LOVE meatballs!

  4. athleticmonkey

    Ooh, that looks really good.

  5. Alexis

    Is this recipe Paleo? My friend is coming to our superbowl party & he’s on a paleo diet. I don’t want to make him bring his own food, so I was looking for recipes that are good for both the Paleo & non-paleo people at our party!

    • AndreAnna

      It depends on how strict he is. The BBQ sauce here has no sugar but most do. The grape jam may also be non-paleo depending on the kind you use. It’s best to as him how strict he’s being first.


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