Grandma's Christmas Meatballs


I get rave reviews every time I make my grandma's Christmas meatballs!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins


  • 3 pounds ground beef chuck

  • 1 (14 ounce) can evaporated milk

  • ¼ cup dry bread crumbs, or as needed

  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, divided

  • 1 (1 ounce) package onion soup mix

  • 2 cups ketchup

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • ½ cup port wine


  1. Mix ground chuck, evaporated milk, bread crumbs, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, and soup mix together in a bowl until well combined. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

  2. Set the oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler.

  3. Form meat mixture into approximately 36 small meatballs. Place meatballs onto a baking sheet.

  4. Broil meatballs in the preheated oven until just browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn meatballs over and broil until browned on the other side, about 2 minutes more. Remove from the oven and transfer meatballs to a slow cooker.

  5. Combine ketchup, brown sugar, port wine, and remaining 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir until dissolved, about 2 minutes.

  6. Pour sauce over meatballs in the slow cooker. Cook on High until meatballs are no longer pink in the middle and sauce is thick, at least 1 hour or longer if desired. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F (71 degrees C).


If you want to make fresh bread crumbs, use one slice of bread.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

506 Calories
33g Fat
29g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 506
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 33g 42%
Saturated Fat 14g 69%
Cholesterol 106mg 35%
Sodium 812mg 35%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 7mg 37%
Calcium 125mg 10%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 564mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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