Cocktail meatballs simmered in a sweet and tangy barbecue sauce are perfect as appetizers or for weeknight dinner with rice and vegetables!
Are you as obsessed about meatballs as I am?
If you’re looking for a nibble for any party, these are definitely a winner. It’s a great recipe for parties and other gatherings since it feeds a crowd and can be kept warm in a slow cooker. You can make the meatballs ahead of time and then keep them on a bare simmer during the party. As people come and go, you can replenish with more cooked meatballs. I served cocktail meatballs for a Fourth of July party one year, and as the saying goes, the rest is history.
These meatballs are baked – with no browning of the meat required – making it all the simpler and healthier. I had made a large batch of meatballs, baked them, and then stashed them in the freezer for the times when a quick meal is needed. When ready to use, just pull out one portion, let them thaw, and then simply pop them in a pot of simmering sauce.
These meatballs are delicious on their own served on a party platter with toothpicks, but they’re also great on top of a mound of brown rice and grilled veggies. Leftover meatballs make great lunches the next day, too. Put some of the meatballs on a toasted hoagie or bun with a slather of barbecue sauce and a pile of carrot cabbage slaw – quick and delicious!