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BBQ Cola Meatballs


"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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4 h servings 136 cals
Original recipe yields 18 servings (36 appetizer meatballs)

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  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 136 calories; 5.5 g fat; 11.8 g carbohydrates; 9.4 g protein; 36 mg cholesterol; 396 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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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 meatball...

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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 t...

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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 meatball...

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 a...

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.

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. m...

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 ...

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...

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...

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 (

These were great, I didn't add the peppers and onions to the sauce because the kids would never eat them and I made these for my sons birthday party. I had to make copies of the recipes for 5 or...