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    Mother-In-Law's Barbecued Meatballs

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    55 mins

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    pattikay in L.A.'s Note:

    My husband overwhelmingly prefers my cooking to his Mother's, but this is one recipe I got from her that is still a big favorite for both him and our son. I adjusted the amounts a bit to make a bit more sauce, but it's basically her original recipe. It's on the sweet side, but you can adjust flavorings to suit your family's tastes. I sometimes add a bit of crushed red pepper to add some kick. Don't let the amount of ketchup scare you! It does not taste ketchupy - just rich and flavorful. The meatballs still taste good even if you want to stretch them by adding a bit more oats or bread. Note: In response to reviews, I have posted an alternative method of browning the meatballs in the oven.

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    1. 1
    2. 2
      Mix ground beef, onion, egg, bread, oatmeal, milk, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
    3. 3
      Roll into balls.
    4. 4
      Brown meatballs in a skillet; these are very moist meatballs, making them a bit tricky to brown in a skillet. I usually just push them around a bit and don't brown completely.
    5. 5
      Alternatively, meatballs could be browned briefly in the oven in a nonstick pan at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes. Tthey don't need to be cooked through since they will be cooked in the sauce. I've never done it this way, so just watch them so they just brown rather than cook all the way and get dried out.
    6. 6
      Place browned meatballs in baking dish.
    7. 7
    8. 8
      Mix ketchup, brown sugar, soy sauce, mustard, water together.
    9. 9
      Pour sauce over meatballs.
    10. 10
      Bake uncovered at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until meatballs are cooked through, about 30 minutes.
    11. 11
      Serve over rice.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 09, 2010


      Delicious! One of our family favorites!

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    • on October 17, 2009


      we really liked these! pretty much meatloaf in ball form

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    • on April 07, 2009


      Rated 5 stars by all the family - high praise indeed . The only change I made was to halve the sugar. I served the meatballs with corn bread. Fabulous recipe !!

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    Nutritional Facts for Mother-In-Law's Barbecued Meatballs

    Serving Size: 1 (264 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 654.6
    Calories from Fat 188
    Total Fat 20.9 g
    Saturated Fat 8.1 g
    Cholesterol 129.3 mg
    Sodium 1978.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 90.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.5 g
    Sugars 74.9 g
    Protein 29.0 g

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