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Last post Nov 16, 2012 9:58 PM by zakons . 6 replies.

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  • Need your favorite meatball recipe
    I am making Italian beef sandwiches for Christmas Eve. I wAnt to make BBQ meatballs also. I need your favorite BBQ meatball recipe. Plus has anyone bought premade meatballs from a store that were good? Like Costco. And then you put the sauce on them. Thanks
  • Re: Need your favorite meatball recipe

    Zakons, I answered this question on KC. I even found when I was searching for my recipe. For I had posted it several times before on the boards here over the years. Where you had posted my recipe once with my name in 2008. I knew I had posted it several times before here on the boards.

    Here is my Tried and True party favorite.

    Cranberry Meatballs..

    Make your meatballs like you normally would with whatever recipe you have. But make sure there baked or fried or you can buy the frozen kind already made up.

     Place the meatballs in a bowl.

    In a separate bowl combine

    l lb. cranberry sauce, jellied or whole berry

     l/3 cup ketchup

     2 Tbsp. brown sugar

    12 oz. chili sauce

     l Tbsp lemon juice.

    Blend together.

     Then stir in the meatballs to coat.

    Place meatballs and sauce in the slowcooker and

     bake for l hour or more depending on how many meatballs. This can be combined and placed in a covered roasting pan. Then baked at 350 until the meatballs are hot. Just watch you have enough sauce to cover the meatballs. The more the meatballs the more the sauce is needed to coat the meatballs with a delicous flavor.

    I have found Sam's carries good flavored already made meatballs. But homemade is the best. You can make them, bake them, and freeze them ahead of time. Then remove the meatballs and use them when needed with whatever recipe you need meatballs. Enjoy!

  • Re: Need your favorite meatball recipe

     Here is another cranberry meatball recipe that I got from Country Woman several years ago.

    Picante Cranberry Meatballs

    About This Recipe

    "From Marge Wyse, grand prize winner of the Country Woman recipe contest in 2003!"



        • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
        • 1/3 cup ketchup
        • 1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
        • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
        • 2 tablespoons dried onion flakes
        • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
        • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
        • 1 cup crushed saltine crackers
        • 2 lbs lean ground beef


      • 1 (16 ounce) cans jellied cranberry sauce
      • 1 cup chili sauce
      • 1/4 cup picante sauce
      • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
      • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


    1. MEATBALLS: Combine first 7 ingredients in a bowl.
    2. Add crackers and mix; crumble beef over mixture and combine well.
    3. Shape into 1 1/2 inch balls and brown in a lightly oiled skillet over medium heat.
    4. Transfer to a greased 9 x 13 inch oven proof dish.
    5. SAUCE: Combine ingredients in a saucepan.
    6. Cook and stir until cranberry sauce is melted& mixture is heated through.
    7. Pour over meatballs.


    1. Cover and bake in preheated 350°F oven for 30- 35 minutes or until meat is no longer pink inside.
    2. Serve as an appetizer or over noodles
  • Re: Need your favorite meatball recipe

    These always get great reviews!

    Barbecued Meatballs

     Barbecued Meatballs
    This recipe came from my home ec teacher in high school. I enjoy making it because you can throw it in the oven and still have time to do other things.—Yvonne Nave, Lyons, Kansas
    6 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.


    • 1 egg, lightly beaten
    • 1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
    • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
    • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon chili powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
    • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
    • SAUCE:
    • 1 cup ketchup
    • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
    • 1/4 cup chopped onion
    • 1/2 teaspoon Liquid Smoke, optional
    • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


    • In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Crumble beef
    • over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls.
    • Place meatballs on a greased rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake,
    • uncovered, at 350° for 18-20 minutes or until meat is no longer
    • pink; drain.
    • Meanwhile, combine the sauce ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
    • Pour over meatballs. Bake 10-12 minutes longer. Yield: about 4
    • dozen.



  • Re: Need your favorite meatball recipe

    I use Trader Joe's Flame Broiled mini-meat balls (yellow package), and I make Sandra Lee's Marmalade Meat balls.

    2 pounds fully cooked frozen meatballs

    16 oz. catalina salad dressing (I use no fat)

    12 oz. jar of quality orange marmalade

    3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

    1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (I use more)

    Place frozen meatballs in the insert of a slow cooker.  Ina bowl, stir to combine the remaining ingredients.  Pour over meatballs and stir to coat.  Cook on high setting for 2-3 hours.  (I have also use apricot jam and ginger marmalade.)


    TOH Volunteer Field Editor 

  • Re: Need your favorite meatball recipe

    That looks delicious Sue- easy too and I am a big fan of recipes that have beeen favorites over the years.


     Thanks to all that posted  recipes here.


    I really like meatballs made with Ricotta cheese too. The sauce varies- but they are very tender.


    Susan-Serving as a Taste Of Home Field Editor since 2009



  • Re: Need your favorite meatball recipe
    Thanks much for all the ideas !!!