Potluck Barbecued Meatballs

Potluck Barbecued Meatballs

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Potluck Barbecued Meatballs is a delicious recipe to make for your next church dinner or holiday party.  Tender, juicy meatballs cooked in a homemade barbecue sauce. Perfect as a main dish or as an appetizer. I’ve been making these meatballs for many years and it always goes over well. 

If you happen to have venison in your freezer, this recipe works well, as I prefer using a very lean ground meat. If you don’t have venison, you may use a lean ground beef (90/10) or ground round. I’ve even combined turkey with ground burger, but I prefer venison. It just gives the meatballs a really nice flavor. 

Ingredients Needed to Make Potluck Barbecued Meatballs

  • ground venison (or a lean ground beef – 90/10)
  • evaporated milk
  • old fashioned oats
  • large eggs
  • minced onion
  • kosher salt
  • chili powder
  • garlic powder
  • freshly ground black pepper

For the Sauce:

  • ketchup
  • dark brown sugar
  • minced onion
  • liquid smoke
  • garlic powder

Instructions for Making This Recipe

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand. Mince onion for both the meatballs and the sauce. Set aside until ready to use.

Making the Meatballs

Use Your Hands to Mix Meatballs

In a large bowl, using a wooden spoon (or your hands,) mix together the ground venison (or lean ground beef), evaporated milk, old fashioned oats, large eggs, minced onion, kosher salt, chili powder, garlic powder, and freshly ground black pepper. 

Shape into walnut-sized balls. Place in a greased oblong pan.

Prepare the Sauce:

In a large bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar, minced onion, liquid smoke, and garlic powder. Cover the meatballs with the sauce. Cover the dish with tinfoil, and bake in a preheated oven for one hour.

If using this recipe for a potluck or family dinner, you may transfer the meatballs to a slow cooker to keep warm until ready to serve. This recipe will serve 8-10 people.

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Potluck Barbecued Meatballs

Make Potluck Barbecued Meatballs for your next church dinner or holiday party. Tender, juicy meatballs cooked in a homemade barbecue sauce. Perfect as a main dish or as an appetizer. I've been making these meatballs for many years and it always goes over well.
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Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Barbecue Sauce, Family Gatherings, Holiday Meals, Meatballs, Potluck Dinners, Venison Meat
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 7

Equipment

Glass Mixing Bowls
Cookie Scoop
Oblong Cake Pan
Potholders

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds ground venison or a lean ground beef (90/10)
  • 12 oz evaporated milk
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Sauce:

  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons liquid smoke
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand. Mince onion for both the meatballs and the sauce. Set aside until ready to use.
  • In a large bowl, using a wooden spoon (or your hands), mix together the ground venison (or lean ground beef), evaporated milk, old fashioned oats, large eggs, minced onion, kosher salt, chili powder, garlic powder, and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Shape into walnut-sized balls. Place in greased oblong pan.
  • In a large bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar, minced onion, liquid smoke, and garlic powder. Cover the meatballs with the sauce. Cover the baking dish with tinfoil, and bake in a preheated oven for one hour.
  • Serve warm. Serves 8-10.

Nutrition

Calories: 913kcal | Carbohydrates: 104g | Protein: 66g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 275mg | Sodium: 1592mg | Potassium: 1474mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 83g | Vitamin A: 716IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 250mg | Iron: 10mg
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