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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Pioneer Woman's BBQ Meatballs

I have to say this is one of my favorite meals, Jack and I go head to head on this meal consuming our fair amount of meatballs. Doug..aka..Mr. Anti Sauce could probably pass on this meal as he feels the sauce is too "tangy". I love it though, and think it is a great comfort meal for any of the long winter nights we have ahead of us!
Mix up the ground beef, chopped onion, oats, salt, pepper, and then pour in the milk. Roll into Tablespoon size balls and place on wax paper lined baking sheet. Place in freezer for a few minutes firm. Mix together the ingredients for the sauce, sugar, ketchup, distilled white vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and onion. Optional: Dash of Tabasco sauce.
Place about a 1/2 cup of flour into a large shallow bowl. Heat 4 Tablespoons of cooking oil in pan. When the oil is hot and ready, begin by placing the meatballs in the flour to coat, then fry till lightly browned. I like what the frying does to the texture of the meatball. I am sure this step can be skipped and you can cook them entirely in the oven by just adding a little more cooking time.
As you finish frying them place into a greased baking dish. When all meatballs are finished pour sauce over meatballs and place in oven for 45 minutes or until bubbly and hot!

Comfort Meatballs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

For the meatballs
Mix together;
1 1/2 lb. ground beef
3/4 cup quick oats
3/4 cup milk
3 TBLS minced onion

Once all incorporated, begin to mix into Tablespoon size balls and place on a wax paper lined baking sheet. Place in freezer to firm. They only need a few minutes, being sauce and heating up oil.
Heat 4 TBLS of cooking oil in pan. Place 1/2 cup flour in a shallow bowl.

1 cup ketchup
2 TBLS sugar
3 TBLS distilled white vinegar
2 TBLS Worcestershire sauce
4 TBLS minced onion

When oil is hot roll meat in flour and place in pan to lightly brown on all sides, do this in batches and once browned place the meatball in a greased 9/13 baking dish. When all meatballs are lightly browned pour sauce over and bake for 45 minutes or until hot.


  1. We eat these all the time!! Delicious.

  2. She has a new cookbook coming out, you can pre-order it for March starting now. You probably already know that...and that she has a Christmas show tomorrow on Food Network. Okay, enough breaking PW news...these meatballs are wonderful, I've made them a time or two, always a hit with the guys.