Barbecued Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this mouthwatering #slowcooker dish is great as an #appetizer or served over rice for a main dish. Homemade #BBQ sauce is wonderful. The #meatballs are #glutenfree.

Barbecued Meatballs

Teresa Ambra

 Gluten Free Living – 2017

Hey, guys, I know I’ve told you how much I enjoy meatballs before. Well Barbecued Meatballs are some of my favorites. Especially since this delicious recipe is made in the crockpot. This is not the simple 3 or 4 ingredient recipe with grape jelly and ketchup. But it is still quite easy to make. Especially since I don’t precook the meatballs. I place the meatballs in the crockpot raw and then add the homemade barbecue sauce and cook. That’s it.

One of my long-time friends has shared a lot of recipes with me over the years. The first time we ever went to her house for dinner she served Barbecued Meatballs over rice. I loved them. When I started hunting for the recipe I couldn’t find it, but I did find one of her Barbecue Sauce recipes so I used that and my own meatball recipe for this concoction. I could always count on Mimi to dig up some of the best, most mouthwatering recipes and this one is so satisfying.

I would make one main recommendation about this recipe. Unless you precook the meatballs (not what I recommend), then omit the butter in the barbecue sauce when you make it. Even though I used a 96% lean ground beef, the meatballs will still cook down in the sauce so you won’t need the extra oil in the sauce. If you choose to precook the meatballs then you can add the butter.

If you enjoy meatballs, these Barbecued Meatballs are not only good as appetizers, but they are terrific served over rice as well. They make a delicious meal especially if you don’t have time for an elaborate dinner. I used 4C brand gluten free bread crumbs to keep this recipe gluten free. (I find it at Walmart). Obviously, you can use regular bread crumbs if you’re not gluten intolerant.

Prepare yourself for a lip-smacking meal that the whole family will enjoy.

Barbecued Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this mouthwatering #slowcooker dish is great as an #appetizer or served over rice for a main dish. Homemade #BBQ sauce is wonderful. The #meatballs are #glutenfree.

Barbecued Meatballs are great as an appetizer or as a main dish served over rice.

Barbecued Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this mouthwatering #slowcooker dish is great as an #appetizer or served over rice for a main dish. Homemade #BBQ sauce is wonderful. The #meatballs are #glutenfree.

These delightful meatballs are terrific.

Barbecued Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this mouthwatering #slowcooker dish is great as an #appetizer or served over rice for a main dish. Homemade #BBQ sauce is wonderful. The #meatballs are #glutenfree.

If you’re looking for a tasty main dish meal, serve Barbecued Meatballs over rice.

Here’s what I did.

Barbecued Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this mouthwatering #slowcooker dish is great as an #appetizer or served over rice for a main dish. Homemade #BBQ sauce is wonderful. The #meatballs are #glutenfree.

I used these ingredients for the BBQ sauce. I also added honey because I wanted the sauce a little sweeter. The mason jar contains pink Himalayan sea salt and the glass measuring cup contains brown sugar.

Barbecued Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this mouthwatering #slowcooker dish is great as an #appetizer or served over rice for a main dish. Homemade #BBQ sauce is wonderful. The #meatballs are #glutenfree.

Place ketchup in a mixing bowl. Add brown sugar, onions, salt, pepper, parsley, mustard, vinegar and lemon juice. (If you want to cook the meatballs raw, then omit the butter).

Barbecued Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this mouthwatering #slowcooker dish is great as an #appetizer or served over rice for a main dish. Homemade #BBQ sauce is wonderful. The #meatballs are #glutenfree.

Add Worcestershire sauce.

Barbecued Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this mouthwatering #slowcooker dish is great as an #appetizer or served over rice for a main dish. Homemade #BBQ sauce is wonderful. The #meatballs are #glutenfree.

Add honey. Stir to combine.

Barbecued Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this mouthwatering #slowcooker dish is great as an #appetizer or served over rice for a main dish. Homemade #BBQ sauce is wonderful. The #meatballs are #glutenfree.

I used these ingredients for the meatballs.

Barbecued Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this mouthwatering #slowcooker dish is great as an #appetizer or served over rice for a main dish. Homemade #BBQ sauce is wonderful. The #meatballs are #glutenfree.

Place 96% ground beef in a mixing bowl. Add egg, onions, garlic, gluten free bread crumbs and parmesan cheese.

Barbecued Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this mouthwatering #slowcooker dish is great as an #appetizer or served over rice for a main dish. Homemade #BBQ sauce is wonderful. The #meatballs are #glutenfree.

Add parsley, Italian seasoning, oregano, pepper and Lawry’s seasoned salt.

Barbecued Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this mouthwatering #slowcooker dish is great as an #appetizer or served over rice for a main dish. Homemade #BBQ sauce is wonderful. The #meatballs are #glutenfree.

Combine ingredients with your hands until mixture is very well mixed. Shape into golf-ball sized balls.

Barbecued Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this mouthwatering #slowcooker dish is great as an #appetizer or served over rice for a main dish. Homemade #BBQ sauce is wonderful. The #meatballs are #glutenfree.

Place meatballs in a crockpot. Cover with sauce (minus butter if using raw meatballs), and cook on low heat about 4-6 hours.

Barbecued Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this mouthwatering #slowcooker dish is great as an #appetizer or served over rice for a main dish. Homemade #BBQ sauce is wonderful. The #meatballs are #glutenfree.

Add toothpicks to serve as appetizers, or remove to bowl and serve over hot, cooked rice.

Barbecued Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this mouthwatering #slowcooker dish is great as an #appetizer or served over rice for a main dish. Homemade #BBQ sauce is wonderful. The #meatballs are #glutenfree.

Cooking this in the slow cooker makes it so easy.

Barbecued Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this mouthwatering #slowcooker dish is great as an #appetizer or served over rice for a main dish. Homemade #BBQ sauce is wonderful. The #meatballs are #glutenfree.

Each meatball is so mouthwatering.

Barbecued Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this mouthwatering #slowcooker dish is great as an #appetizer or served over rice for a main dish. Homemade #BBQ sauce is wonderful. The #meatballs are #glutenfree.

Barbecued Meatballs are great for days when you don’t have a lot of time to spend cooking or slaving over a hot stove.

Barbecued Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this mouthwatering #slowcooker dish is great as an #appetizer or served over rice for a main dish. Homemade #BBQ sauce is wonderful. The #meatballs are #glutenfree.

Time to eat.

Here’s the recipe.

BARBECUED MEATBALLS

(Recipe inspired from Mimi Pownall, Black Mountain, NC)

Barbecued Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this mouthwatering #slowcooker dish is great as an #appetizer or served over rice for a main dish. Homemade #BBQ sauce is wonderful. The #meatballs are #glutenfree.

Barbecued Meatballs

Barbecued Meatballs can be served as an appetizer or as a main dish served over rice. This delicious crockpot recipe uses a homemade barbecue sauce and homemade gluten free meatballs. Great for family dinners.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Beef, Beef Main Dish
Cuisine Southern
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

BARBECUE SAUCE:

  • 2 cups ketchup (I used Hunts without high fructose corn syrup)
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter (omit if using raw meatballs, see note below)
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley

MEATBALLS:

  • 2 lbs. 93% or 96% lean ground beef (do not use any percentage less)
  • 1 cup 4C Gluten Free Italian Style Bread Crumbs
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese shredded
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 3 tbsp. dried parsley
  • 2 tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • 2 tbsp. oregano
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. Lawry’s seasoned salt

Instructions
 

BARBECUE SAUCE:

  • Combine all ingredients except water and place in a crockpot.
  • Add water only if necessary to thin sauce.
  • Stir in raw meatballs.
  • Cook on low heat about 4-6 hours.

MEATBALLS:

  • Combine ingredients in a large mixing bowl with your hands.
  • Roll into balls and place raw in slow cooker over top of barbecue sauce.
  • Add any remaining onions that weren’t combined with the meatballs and sprinkle them over top.
  • Cook on low heat about 4-6 hours or until meatballs are cooked all the way through.
  • Stir occasionally.

Notes

NOTE: While Mimi’s original barbecue sauce recipe called for butter, you may find that you have plenty of fat from cooking the raw meatballs and want to eliminate this ingredient.
NOTE: If you use a ground meat with a high percentage of fat, the meatballs will release too much grease while cooking. If you’re going to add raw meat, it has to be the highest ratio of meat possible; otherwise you will have an extremely greasy sauce.
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen
Keyword barbecue, beef, crockpot, gluten free, main dish, meatballs
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
Barbecued Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this mouthwatering #slowcooker dish is great as an #appetizer or served over rice for a main dish. Homemade #BBQ sauce is wonderful. The #meatballs are #glutenfree.

We love Barbecued Meatballs and believe you will too.

Barbecued Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this mouthwatering #slowcooker dish is great as an #appetizer or served over rice for a main dish. Homemade #BBQ sauce is wonderful. The #meatballs are #glutenfree.

A light sprinkling of parsley over the top is the finishing touch.

Barbecued Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this mouthwatering #slowcooker dish is great as an #appetizer or served over rice for a main dish. Homemade #BBQ sauce is wonderful. The #meatballs are #glutenfree.

Serve Barbecued Meatballs with a fork or chop sticks! 🙂

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Barbecued Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this mouthwatering #slowcooker dish is great as an #appetizer or served over rice for a main dish. Homemade #BBQ sauce is wonderful. The #meatballs are #glutenfree.

Barbecued Meatballs

Barbecued Meatballs can be served as an appetizer or as a main dish served over rice. This delicious crockpot recipe uses a homemade barbecue sauce and homemade gluten free meatballs. Great for family dinners.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Beef, Beef Main Dish
Cuisine Southern
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

BARBECUE SAUCE:

  • 2 cups ketchup (I used Hunts without high fructose corn syrup)
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter (omit if using raw meatballs, see note below)
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley

MEATBALLS:

  • 2 lbs. 93% or 96% lean ground beef (do not use any percentage less)
  • 1 cup 4C Gluten Free Italian Style Bread Crumbs
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese shredded
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 3 tbsp. dried parsley
  • 2 tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • 2 tbsp. oregano
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. Lawry’s seasoned salt

Instructions
 

BARBECUE SAUCE:

  • Combine all ingredients except water and place in a crockpot.
  • Add water only if necessary to thin sauce.
  • Stir in raw meatballs.
  • Cook on low heat about 4-6 hours.

MEATBALLS:

  • Combine ingredients in a large mixing bowl with your hands.
  • Roll into balls and place raw in slow cooker over top of barbecue sauce.
  • Add any remaining onions that weren’t combined with the meatballs and sprinkle them over top.
  • Cook on low heat about 4-6 hours or until meatballs are cooked all the way through.
  • Stir occasionally.

Notes

NOTE: While Mimi’s original barbecue sauce recipe called for butter, you may find that you have plenty of fat from cooking the raw meatballs and want to eliminate this ingredient.
NOTE: If you use a ground meat with a high percentage of fat, the meatballs will release too much grease while cooking. If you’re going to add raw meat, it has to be the highest ratio of meat possible; otherwise you will have an extremely greasy sauce.
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen
Keyword barbecue, beef, crockpot, gluten free, main dish, meatballs
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

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