These meatballs have been in my family for generations. The barbeque sauce adds a special kick! I serve these every Sunday during football season and every week they disappear!

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, eggs, oatmeal, onion, Cheddar cheese, ketchup, salt, and pepper using your hands. Form into tiny meatballs about 1 inch wide.

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the meatballs, and cook, turning frequently, until browned, about 10 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the meatballs to a baking dish. Cover with barbeque sauce.

  • Bake for 30 minutes in the preheat oven, until sauce is thick and meatballs are cooked through. Serve hot.

Nutrition Facts

395 calories; protein 24.4g 49% DV; carbohydrates 23.6g 8% DV; fat 22.1g 34% DV; cholesterol 126.6mg 42% DV; sodium 1012.6mg 41% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/19/2008
I absolutely loved these, as did my husband. I used 2 parts BBQ sauce and 1 part HP Steak Sauce, gave them that extra bit of tang. I also used cracker crumbs instead of oatmeal,they held together great!! Will definitely make these again!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/25/2008
These were good but obviously that would depend a lot on the sauce you choose. I used bread crumbs instead of oatmeal to bind after reading reviews and the meatballs seemed to hold up okay. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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71 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 51
  • 4 star values: 14
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
10/19/2008
I absolutely loved these, as did my husband. I used 2 parts BBQ sauce and 1 part HP Steak Sauce, gave them that extra bit of tang. I also used cracker crumbs instead of oatmeal,they held together great!! Will definitely make these again!! Read More
(54)
Rating: 3 stars
03/25/2008
These were good but obviously that would depend a lot on the sauce you choose. I used bread crumbs instead of oatmeal to bind after reading reviews and the meatballs seemed to hold up okay. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
(41)
Rating: 4 stars
12/04/2007
These were good. I used fresh onion instead of dried onion & salt & pepper to taste. The meatballs didn't hold their shape very well I would use more oats & maybe some milk. I halved the recipe & forgot to use less sauce so they were a little too saucy. Overall I liked them and will try them again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2014
The unexpected star of our NFL Playoffs "show." I'm convinced a good barbecue sauce and some finely chopped green pepper had everything to do with that. Make life easier and bake them at 400 degrees about 12 minutes instead of frying them then finish the recipe as directed. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/06/2010
This was delicious! My whole family (5 kids of all ages) LOVED it. I did have to make some changes. I didn't have any instant oatmeal so I used potato flakes instead. I also substituted cut up Kraft Cheese Bites (Three Cheese Blend - Mozzarella Parmesan & White Cheddar) for the cheese since it's what I had on hand. After covering the meatballs in barbecue sauce I drizzled honey over the whole thing about 1/2 cup. I then sprinkled about 1/2 cup of brown sugar over them. Finally I splashed red vinegar over all of that for some tang. The sauce was thick glazed and delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2009
Awesome meatballs. I loved this recipe and will be making it again. I used 80/20 ground beef and I thought the texture was perfect. I put my BBQ sauce on only the last 15 minutes since I used BBQ sauce with a lot of sugar in it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2009
I really liked the texture of these meatballs - something I always struggle with. Because of the the reviews I did a combo of cracker crumbs and oatmeal. I also didn't want to wash two pots so I baked the meatballs for 20 minutes drained them then added the BBQ (mixed with chili sauce) and baked for another 25 minutes. VERY GOOD! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/09/2010
The only things that I did differently were to cut the ingredients in half because I only had a pound of ground meat. That was PLENTY of food for my family of 5!! I used ground turkey because we don't eat red meat and I made my own sauce because I didn't have any on hand. The family loved it:) (My sauce: 1 cup ketchup 2 tbsp. Heinz 57 1 tbsp. A1 1 tbsp. brown sugar 1 tsp. yellow mustard). Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/27/2008
I didnt care for these at all I made them for game day a couple months ago and just threw most of them out. Read More
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