Grandma's Barbecued Cocktail Meatballs

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

As long as I can remember, my Grandma Audrey made these meatballs on Christmas Eve. A few years back, she shared the recipe with me. These are great for any party, but at my house, Christmas Eve just wouldn't be the same without them! These can be made ahead, and just heated when ready to serve.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 375º.
  2. Combine all ingredients except bbq sauce in a bowl, and form into smaller sized meatballs.
  3. Place meatballs on a cookie sheet and bake 15-20 minutes, or until cooked through.
  4. (time will depend on size of meatballs).
  5. When cooked through, remove meatballs from cookie sheet and drain off excess grease.
  6. Put meatballs and barbecue sauce in a crock pot, and stir to combine.
  7. Keep on the"keep warm" setting.
Most Helpful

This appetizer was a hit at my husband's all-guy party! I followed the recipe exactly (so nice that I had everything on hand, no extra trip to the store!). The combination of flavors is a winner and these were tender and delicious. So easy to do ahead - I made these early in the day and just left them in the crockpot on "warm" as suggested. Thanks, CG!

KeyWee November 19, 2002

Excellent! I had the pre-mixed Italian seasonings so I used that instead of the plain oregano and thyme. Also skipped the minced onions because someone doesn't like them, but I did use some dried onion flakes. I served some plain, some w/bbq sauce, and also marinara sauce to make meatball subs. These tasted great even w/o the sauce. Please thank Grandma Audrey for sharing this awesome's definitely a "keeper" lol

J e l i s a January 05, 2003

This recipe is great! I have used this for a large get together and everyone loved them! this recipe is very easy to put together and once it is in the corck pot your work is done! Very tasty!!

Beaner in Washington August 06, 2002