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Barbecue Onion Meatballs

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for 40 meatballs


  • 1 lb ground beef (455 g)
  • 1 lb ground pork (455 g)
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs (50 g)
  • ½ cup onion (75 g), finely minced
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley (10 g), finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 eggs
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste

Barbecue Onion Sauce

  • ½ cup onion (75 g), finely minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar (120 mL)
  • 1 cup ketchup (240 g)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cup honey (170 g)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar (55 g)
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup fried onion (35 g), to serve

Nutrition Info

    Calories 116
    Fat 5g
    Carbs 9g
    Fiber 0g
    Sugar 6g
    Protein 7g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. In a medium-size bowl mix together the beef, pork, bread crumbs, onion, parsley, garlic, eggs, salt, and pepper until just combined.
  3. Take a walnut size of the meat mixture and roll into a ball. Repeat with remaining meat and transfer to an oiled rack on a sheet tray.
  4. Bake meatballs for 15 minutes, until golden brown. Set aside.
  5. Add oil to a pan on medium-high heat, and cook onions and garlic until they are deeply caramelized.
  6. Add in the cider vinegar, ketchup, tomato paste, mustard, Worcestershire, honey, brown sugar, stir, and bring to a simmer. About 5 minutes.
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste (optional).
  8. Add the cooked meatballs and coat them with the sauce.
  9. Sprinkle with the fried onions, poke with toothpicks, and serve!
  10. Enjoy!

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