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Sweet & Sticky Party Meatballs

Meryl Downing
Sweet & Sticky Party Meatballs are the perfect appetizer or main course for any grazing menu or special gathering. The same basic meatballs are versatile to use in any sauce!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 20 meatballs


  • For the Meatballs:
  • 1 small onion small dice, olive oil, salt and pepper
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c breadcrumbs
  • 2 T Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 t kosher salt
  • 6 grinds fresh black pepper
  • 1/2 c grated Parmesan
  • For the Sauce:
  • 1/2 c ketchup
  • 1/2 c jam mulberry or blackberry
  • 1/4 c bbq sauce
  • 1/4 c honey
  • 1/2 c water


  • In a large saute pan or dutch oven set over low heat, caramelize onion until golden brown in a little olive oil, and season with salt and pepper, stir occasionally, about 30 minutes
  • Meanwhile, mix all other meatball ingredients in a large bowl, including onions when they are done
  • Form into meatballs and set on a sheet pan. They should be about ping pong ball size, use an ice cream scoop to portion, makes about 20. (At this point you can freeze or refrigerate meatballs, some or all, for later use, or try doubling the meatball recipe to really stock the freezer!)
  • Preheat oven to 400°
  • Reheat the pan from the onions or use a clean dutch oven or large pan, over medium high heat, add 1 T olive oil. Brown the meatballs on one side, then flip and do the other side (about 2 minutes per side). Cook meatballs in about 2 or 3 batches so you do not crowd the pan. When done return them to the sheet pan (don’t worry that it had the raw meatballs on them, you will be baking the whole thing)
  • Place pan in oven for about 10-15 minutes to finish cooking the meatballs through, cut one open to check
  • At this point you can store the meatballs in the freezer or fridge or put them into the sauce
  • For the sauce, mix all ingredients in a crock pot. When heated through, add the meatballs and serve
Keyword Appetizer, Crockpot, Meatballs, Sweet and Sticky Meatballs