Meatballs are roasted, then simmered in a rich barbeque sauce made with cola. These make a great potluck dish, and they are always gone in minutes! Now they have become a tradition at our house on Super Bowl Sunday, and I learned the hard way to always make sure I have plenty of copies of the recipe handy for giving!

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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, grated onion and Ranch dressing mix until well blended. Shape into 1 inch meatballs, and place on a 10x15 inch jellyroll pan, or any baking sheet with sides to catch the grease.

  • Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, turning them over half way through. While the meatballs are roasting, mix together the ketchup, cider vinegar, cola, chopped onion and green pepper in a slow cooker. Season with seasoning salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce.

  • Remove meatballs from the baking sheet, and place into the sauce in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on Low for 3 hours, then remove the lid and cook for an additional 15 minutes before serving.

Partner Tip

Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

136 calories; 9.4 g protein; 11.8 g carbohydrates; 36.2 mg cholesterol; 395.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2004
My family loves this recipe. I made it twice now for dinner and served it over rice. I will admit to cheating and using prepared frozen meatballs. I make the sauce and then throw the meatballs in frozen and cook 3 hours. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
06/08/2011
I used Coke Zero as well as red pepper instead of green. I'm not the only person who ate these meatballs and thought there was WAY too much bread crumbs in this meatball. Even making it I had to add a half cup of water to get the meatballs to make actual meat BALLS and not meat crumble. My son made the comment of "Mom can you make meatballs next time with more meat and less ball please?" Plus the combination of the ranch dressing mix with the barbeque sauce was just not for us. I really won't be trying this again and most of this dinner was wasted. Read More
(6)
119 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 65
  • 4 star values: 32
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2004
My family loves this recipe. I made it twice now for dinner and served it over rice. I will admit to cheating and using prepared frozen meatballs. I make the sauce and then throw the meatballs in frozen and cook 3 hours. Read More
(36)
Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2004
My family loves this recipe. I made it twice now for dinner and served it over rice. I will admit to cheating and using prepared frozen meatballs. I make the sauce and then throw the meatballs in frozen and cook 3 hours. Read More
(36)
Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2006
I have made this recipe 4 times now and have learn a few things. Only let it cook 4 hours or less because the meatballs will become greasy after that. I use red onion for a milder flavor. I also use store bought frozen meatballs in the bag and double the sauce and that works well. This is truely a great recipe to have. Enjoy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/06/2004
Made this recipe this afternoon and it was great. It was easy to make and so good. Will definately make it for the Super Bowl Get together. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2004
Such a good flavor! I did double the sauce recipe because you can never have enough sauce espically when entertaining some people take a small amount of sauce others dredge their food in it. meatballs were very tasty with the ranch mix. worth making and not very time consuming. Once the meatballs are done put them in a crock pot and let them cook. thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2007
I always get tons of compliments on this recipe. I have made it 3 times--the first time I missed the ranch dressing package but it was still delicious so I just left it out. Otherwise I make it exactly as listed here and I always give people the link to the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2011
Used frozen meatballs brought them to a boil in a pan then cooked them on med. heat for 20 min. in the pan then transfered them to the preheated crockpot for 45 min. on low and I doubled the sauce. They were perfect! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2004
Gone within minutes! I decided last minute that I wanted to add appetizer meatballs to my menu. I didn't have cola so I used Dr. Pepper and we added our own hot sauce (RefinersFireHotSauce.com). It was a smash hit. My guests kept asking about how to make them. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2006
I made these for the game and they were awesome! I used 1 lb ground pork and 1/2 lb ground beef and I added about 2 tbs grill seasoning and 1 tsp. minced garlic to the meat. The sauce was really good- but I doubled it and added about 2 tbs brown sugar and 1 tbs minced garlic. Everyone loved them and I will adding them to my favorites. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/21/2006
I used frozen chicken and cheese meatballs with the sauce family loved it. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
06/08/2011
I used Coke Zero as well as red pepper instead of green. I'm not the only person who ate these meatballs and thought there was WAY too much bread crumbs in this meatball. Even making it I had to add a half cup of water to get the meatballs to make actual meat BALLS and not meat crumble. My son made the comment of "Mom can you make meatballs next time with more meat and less ball please?" Plus the combination of the ranch dressing mix with the barbeque sauce was just not for us. I really won't be trying this again and most of this dinner was wasted. Read More
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