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Barbecue Onion Meatballs

by Matthew Johnson • from the video Party Meatballs 4 Ways

Inspired by youtube.com

Ingredients

for 40 meatballs

Meatballs

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

Barbecue Onion Sauce

  • ½ cup
    onion, finely minced (75 g)
  • 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
  • fried onion, to serve

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Preparation

  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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