Homemade Barbecue Meatballs, Slow Cooker

Meatball Appetizer
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  • 5 hrs 20 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 5 hrs
  • Yield: 60 meatballs (20 servings)
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Serve these meatballs as an appetizer or serve with rice or potatoes for a tasty family meal.

What You'll Need

  • For the Meatballs:
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 envelopes onion soup mix
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • For the Sauce:
  • 1 cup onion (chopped)
  • 2 cans tomato paste (12 ounces total)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard

How to Make It

  1. Combine meatball ingredients and mix well. Shape into meatballs and brown in a skillet with 1 tablespoon of oil. Drain on paper towels.
  2. Add all sauce ingredients to crock pot and stir well. Add meatballs and cook, covered, on low for 5 to 6 hours (high for 2 to 3).
  3. Serve as a main dish with rice or potatoes, or serve as an appetizer from the slow cooker. Makes about 60 meatballs.