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Barbequed Meatballs


This is a family recipe that has been served at too many family functions to mention. This was my grandmothers recipe. I can’t remember a Christmas Eve or a birthday party that these were not present. The sauce is the best stuff ever, it is like a tangy, taste bud heaven to me. Give them a try. I changed the preparation method a little, but I’ll let you know what I do differently!


2 pounds ground beef
2 medium onions, finely chopped
1 can evaporated milk
Small amount of flour for dredging

Sauce (this is the good stuff that makes the meatballs, in my opinion):
1 onion
1/3 cup water
1 tablespoon brown sugar
3/4 cup catsup
2 Tablespoons vinegar, I used red wine vinegar and I use close to a 1/4 of a cup, but I really like red wine vinegar.
1/4 cup Worchestershire sauce, I used powder, but that’s what I had on hand.

Mix together beef, onions and the can of evaporated milk. There are three total onions in the recipe. To me, that amount of onions warrants getting out the food processor. Or chop then by hand suit yourself.

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Roll all of them into balls and set them on a dish to the side.

At this point you have two options, bake or pan fry the meatballs.

This is where I change the recipe up a bit. I put them into a baking dish and bake at 350 for about 45 minutes. Time will depend on the size of your meatballs. Check to make sure they are no longer pink in the middle.



Back to the original recipe, if you prefer to cook your meatballs in a skillet follow from here.

Heat a small amount of grease (I use olive oil) in a large skillet.

Roll each ball in flour, place in a single layer in the hot skillet and brown on all sides. Remove to plate and cook the next round if necessary. Put all meatballs back into the large skillet. Don’t turn on the heat just yet.


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Now on to the sauce. Mix all ingredients for the sauce in a small saucepan. Cook slowly until boiling. Pour over meatballs (in the baking dish or in the skillet, whichever you chose to do) and let simmer until meatballs are well done.