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Barbecue Onion Meatballs

from the video Party Meatballs 4 Ways ▶︎

by Matthew Johnson

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for 40 meatballs


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumb
  • ½ cup onion, finely minced
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 eggs
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste

Barbecue Onion Sauce

  • ½ cup onion, finely minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • fried onion, to serve


  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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