Go Back
+ servings
BBQ Meatballs with sauce on top, on a plate

BBQ Meatballs

Sweet, tangy, savory, smoky- what dish could possibly have all those flavors? My BBQ Meatballs! Bring the best parts of summer inside with this baked treat.
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword BBQ Meatballs, BBQ Meatballs Recipe, How Do I Make BBQ Meatballs, How To Make BBQ Meatballs
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 1136kcal
Author Kathleen



  • 2 cups soft fresh bread crumbs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion finely chopped


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup brown sugar firmly packed
  • 1/4 cup yellow onion finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 X 13 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, add bread crumbs and milk. Allow breadcrumbs to sit and absorb the milk, about 8 minutes. Add beef, egg, salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, and onion. Mix until ingredients are evenly incorporated. Form into 1  1/2 inches balls and arrange in a single layer in the prepared baking dish.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine ketchup, brown sugar, onion, vinegar, and liquid smoke. Pour evenly over top of the meatballs.
  • Bake uncovered in the preheated heated oven, for about 1 hour, or until the internal temperature of meatball reaches 160 degrees.


Serving: 1/4 of the recipe | Calories: 1136kcal | Carbohydrates: 116g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 52g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 208mg | Sodium: 2040mg | Potassium: 1143mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 74g | Vitamin A: 688IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 275mg | Iron: 8mg