Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Spicy Barbecue Meatballs



Who doesn't love meatballs? You can make them with ground pork, chicken, turkey, beef, or even veal. The right recipe will allow for a tender, moist dish. Thrifty cooks know that a meatball recipe allows for a small amount of ground meat to be spread out to feed a crowd. I am not sure why, but it is true. Meatballs can transform a meager pound of meat into a meal for 4-6 people, easy!
I have several meatball recipes on my site. Some are for spaghetti, others for sandwiches, while others are for entertaining and football parties. These particular meatballs are great for sandwiches, as a main course, or even for cocktail parties. While rather untraditional, as far as meatballs go, these spicy, barbecued meatballs are delicious and a wonderful departure from the ordinary.

FOR THE SAUCE
1/2 Cup Ketchup 
2 teaspoons Sugar
1 1/2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
1 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
1/2 Cup Minced Onion
1 clove Minced Garlic
1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
FOR THE MEATBALLS
1 Pound Hamburger
1/2 Cup Mince Onion
1 Egg
1/2 Cup Quick Cook Oats
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
2 cloves Minced Garlic
2 Tablespoons Milk
FOR COOKING
1/2 Cup Corn Starch
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil

1. Combine sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
2. Using your hands, combine the meatball ingredients in a large bowl. Mix until combined but not overworked.
3. Form the meatballs by pinching off a small amount of the mixture and roll in the palm of your hands. You want the meatballs to be the size of a golf ball.
4. Heat the oil in a large skillet. You want enough oil in the pan to come up about 1/2-inch. The oil should be hot enough to sear but not so hot that it smokes.
5. Roll the formed meatballs in the cornstarch, shaking to remove excess. Place in the heated oil and cook for 2 minutes, turn and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Remove from the pan and repeat with the remaining balls.
5. Place the meatballs in a large baking dish with high sides. Pour the sauce over the top of the balls.
6. Tightly cover with aluminum foil.
7. Place in a preheated 350 degree oven for 1 hour.
8. Remove from the oven and enjoy!

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