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BBQ Sweet and Spicy Meatballs

Amanda Haas


BBQ Sweet and Spicy Meatballs

Prep Time

30

Minutes

Cook Time

1

Hours

Serves

6 - 8

People

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What's this?

That’s a (sweet &) spicy meatball! This sweet and spicy meatball recipe features a combination of sausage and ground beef and is finished with a mouth-watering homemade sweet and spicy sauce.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 Pound Lean Ground Beef

  • 1/2 Pound Mild Italian Sausage

  • 1 Cup panko breadcrumbs

  • 1/2 Cup whole milk

  • 1 Whole egg

  • 1 Teaspoon hot sauce

  • 2 Teaspoon ancho chile powder

  • To Taste salt and pepper

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil

  • Half yellow onion, diced

  • 1 Clove garlic, minced

  • To Taste kosher salt

  • 1 Teaspoon ancho chile powder

  • 1 1/2 Cup brown sugar

  • 1 Cup water

  • 2 Cup ketchup

  • 3 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Steps

  • 1

    To make the meatballs, combine the ground beef, sausage, and the breadcrumbs in a large mixing bowl. Use your hands to gently mix it all together.
  • 2

    In a small bowl, whisk the whole milk, egg, and hot sauce to combine. Pour over the ground meat mixture, along with the chili powder, salt, and pepper. Use your hands to mix until the ingredients look evenly incorporated.
  • 3

    Using an ice cream scoop or your hands, form into 16 equal-sized meatballs and place in a disposable foil pan or roasting pan.
  • 4

    When ready to cook, set temperature to 180℉ and preheat for 15 minutes. For optimal flavor, use Super Smoke if available. Place the pan on the grill grate and smoke for 45-60 minutes.
  • 5

    For the BBQ Sauce: In a small saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and a pinch of Kosher salt and cook, stirring until the onions are soft, about 5-8 minutes. Stir in the chili powder and cook for 1 minute. Whisk in the brown sugar, then slowly whisk in the water and bring to a simmer to dissolve the brown sugar. Stir in the ketchup and apple cider vinegar and reduce the heat to low. Allow to simmer slowly until thickened slightly, about 15-20 minutes.
  • 6

    Once the meatballs have smoked, pour the BBQ sauce over them and increase the grill temperature to 300℉. Cook the meatballs for an additional 30-45 minutes, or until their internal temperature reaches 165℉. Serve meatballs smothered in sauce. Enjoy! *Cook times will vary depending on set and ambient temperatures.