Recipe by Kittencal@recipezazz
You could just cook the meatballs in the sauce although you will experience grease in the sauce, it is better to pre-cook them first --- please adjust the amount of brown sugar, you might want to start with only 1/2 cup and add in more to taste --- this is *very* good!
Top Review by deleteplease
Sorry, this was a horrible greasy mess. I used 90% lean ground beef...I was actually talked into the recipe by a friend who thought it would be good for a potluck, i decided not to take and dumped it in the garbage, what a disappointment
- 1 1⁄2 cups ketchup
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 2 teaspoons fresh minced garlic
- 3⁄4 cup brown sugar (or to taste)
- 2 teaspoons liquid smoke seasoning
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional or to taste)
- 1 1⁄2 lbs lean ground beef
- 2 tablespoons fresh minced garlic
- 1⁄3 cup milk or 1⁄3 cup evaporated milk
- 1⁄2 cup breadcrumbs or 1⁄2 cup quick-cooking oats
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons seasoning salt
- 2 teaspoons chili powder (use the milk chili powder used for making chili)
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
Directions See How It's Made
- Set oven to 350 degrees F.
- Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
- For the meatballs; in a bowl mix all ingredients together until well blended (add in more breadcrumbs or oats if the mixture is too soft).
- Shape into about 1-1/2-inch balls.
- Place meatballs into baking pan.
- Bake meatballs for about 20 minutes, then drain all fat from pan.
- For the sauce; in a bowl combine ketchup, garlic, brown sugar, chopped onion and liquid smoke; mix to combine.
- Pour sauce over meatballs then toss to coat meatballs with sauce.
- Bake uncovered for about 45 minutes.