Homemade meatballs made from beef, onion, oatmeal, evaporated milk, and egg, and glazed with a homemade barbecue sauce made with ketchup, brown sugar, garlic, and liquid smoke. Best meatballs I ever tasted. Everyone asks for this recipe.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a medium baking dish.

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  • In a bowl, mix beef, egg, oats, evaporated milk, salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, and 1/2 cup onion. Form into 1 1/2 inch balls and arrange in a single layer in the baking dish.

  • In a separate bowl, mix ketchup, garlic, sugar, 1/4 cup onion, and liquid smoke. Pour evenly over the meatballs.

  • Bake uncovered 1 hour in the preheated oven, until the minimum internal temperature of a meatball reaches 160 degrees F (72 degrees C).

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Nutrition Facts

259.2 calories; 12.6 g protein; 30.3 g carbohydrates; 55.4 mg cholesterol; 483.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2006
These meatballs were great and everyone in the house loved them -- especially the 12yo who said they were awesome. For the sauce I did cut the brown sugar in the glaze in half as recommended by others and it could have been reduced even more. With half the recommended amount of brown sugar the sauce is still very sweet maybe too sweet. I'd recommend starting with about a quarter of the recipe amount of brown sugar and working your way up from that. (Another idea is to make the meatballs without the glaze and use your favorite BBQ sauce instead.) As for quantity of sauce you really don't need to smother the meatballs so I don't think doubling the sauce is really necessary. For the meatballs themselves I substituted 2% milk for the evaporated milk to lower fat grams and it was fine. I used regular Old-Fashioned Oats rather than quick cooking and the oats cooked up just fine. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/25/2011
The sauce for these meatballs was really good! Although it was a tad too sweet. I simply added a tablespoon of mustard and it was perfect. The meatballs themselves were disappointing tho. Even with all the spices they turned out to be pretty bland. If I ever make again I will surely up the dosage for the spices. The bbq sauce is a keeper tho! Read More
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  • 5 star values: 321
  • 4 star values: 83
  • 3 star values: 15
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
11/07/2006
These meatballs were great and everyone in the house loved them -- especially the 12yo who said they were awesome. For the sauce I did cut the brown sugar in the glaze in half as recommended by others and it could have been reduced even more. With half the recommended amount of brown sugar the sauce is still very sweet maybe too sweet. I'd recommend starting with about a quarter of the recipe amount of brown sugar and working your way up from that. (Another idea is to make the meatballs without the glaze and use your favorite BBQ sauce instead.) As for quantity of sauce you really don't need to smother the meatballs so I don't think doubling the sauce is really necessary. For the meatballs themselves I substituted 2% milk for the evaporated milk to lower fat grams and it was fine. I used regular Old-Fashioned Oats rather than quick cooking and the oats cooked up just fine. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/10/2006
We really enjoyed these meat balls...added a little garlic to bring them to the dinner table........really really great!!One suggestion for anybody that has never made meat balls before..every third meat ball you make wet you hands. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2007
I actually cooked these in the slow cooker on low for about 6 hours. I added an entire bottle of bbq sauce also. They were very good and easy to make. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/05/2006
Absolutely delicious. Smelled amazing while they were cooking and tasted just as good. I only used about 1/3 cup of sugar and it was plenty sweet. Didn't have any evaporated milk so I just used a splash of skim and it worked fine. They had a great texture-- nice and firm and no falling apart. I think I will make extra sauce next time. Will definitely make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/06/2007
I left out the evaporated milk to make the recipe "kosher-friendly" and my family just LOVED them! Went great with garlic mashed potatoes and green beans! Will definitely make it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2008
These were terrific. Instead of the homemade sauce I used 1 1/4 cup of KC masterpiece. I also added extra seasoning salt and garlic. Make sure to use good quality ground round or ground chuck. I also later did a pan with marinara sauce and topped with parmesan and mozzerela when finished. It made excellent sub sandwiches.. These were a big hit at a party we had with either sauce. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2008
These were great! We had friends over for dinner and ate almost the entire pan! I used worcestershire sauce in lieu of the liquid smoke per my husband's request, but will probably try it the original way next time. It didn't have much of a "bbq" taste, it tasted a lot like my meatloaf. Will also have to double the sauce next time as was previously recommended. I was concerned because the balls were so mushy when I was shaping them, but the cooked texture was perfect. ***UPDATE - I have since made these with the liquid smoke, and doubled the sauce. WOW, I have to change my rating from 4 to 5 stars!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/23/2008
These were excellent! I doubled the recipe for a potluck and they were so good. Very moist and the sauce got nice and sticky. The only change I made was adding dried minced onions to the glaze instead of raw because I used all the raw onion in the meatballs and didn't want to cut more. These will definitely be part of the rotation in my house! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2005
This is so tasty! The glaze on top is perfect-kind of like a sweet home made barbecue sauce. The family loved it. Thumbs up! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/25/2011
The sauce for these meatballs was really good! Although it was a tad too sweet. I simply added a tablespoon of mustard and it was perfect. The meatballs themselves were disappointing tho. Even with all the spices they turned out to be pretty bland. If I ever make again I will surely up the dosage for the spices. The bbq sauce is a keeper tho! Read More
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