Red, White and Barbecue Meatballs
by Keleigh May on July 3rd, 2014

Barbecue Meatballs
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup italian bread crumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 dash hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon worcheshire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon horseradish
  • salt and pepper
Barbecue Sauce Recipe:
  • 1 cup favorite barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • dash of hot sauce
  • salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350. Mix all meatball ingredients together and form balls. Place into a greased mini muffin tin and bake for 25 minutes. While meatballs are baking mix all sauce ingredients together. Once meatballs have cooked, let cool in the mini muffin pan until cool to the touch (about 10 minutes). Grease a large rectangle baking dish. Spoon some sauce into the bottom of the baking dish. Place all meatballs in the baking dish, cover with sauce completely. Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 25 minutes. 
Every year my folks throw 2 annual parties (there are people CONSTANTLY at my parents house, but these 2 events are legendary) New Year's Day and 4th of July. My dad really likes pyrotechnics and my mom loves to entertain, therefore these 2 holidays combine both of their passions. Me and my mom have made these meatballs together for both parties for as long as I can remember. We have always fried the meatballs to get that nice firm texture on it. Well, this year I wanted to test out the same recipe but 4 different ways. I used turkey and beef, fried half of each and baked half in mini muffin tins, then baked them all in barbeque sauce. We had some friends over so I can get a panel of taste testers if you will, and the consensus was, baked beef was the best! The turkey was just too tough, and the fried beef tasted exactly like the baked ones, so we all decided that baked beats fried (not to mention baking these is WAY easier and quicker than frying).  Can't grill this 4th of July, or simply want to try a Canter Classic recipe, where there's a meal, there's a way!

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