Australian BBQ Meatballs

"Recipe is from Allrecipes which says these meatballs are even better the following day. Posted for ZWT-8-AUS/NZ."
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins




  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, mix together the ground beef, bread crumbs, 2 onions, curry powder, Italian seasoning, egg, garlic, salt and pepper. Gradually mix in the milk until you have a nice texture for forming meatballs. You many not need all of the milk. Form the meat into balls slightly smaller than golf balls. Place them in a greased baking dish. Bake the meatballs for 30 minutes in the preheated oven. Once the meatballs are in the oven, start making the sauce straight away.
  • Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the remaining onions and cook until browned. Stir in the ketchup, beef stock, steak sauce, worcestershire sauce, vinegar, instant coffee, brown sugar and lemon juice. Bring to a boil over medium heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove the meatballs from the oven, and drain any excess grease. Pour the sauce over the meatballs and return to the oven. Bake for an additional 30 minutes.
  • These meatballs will taste even better after they have been left to rest for a while to soak up the sauce.

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  1. Not a fan, sorry. Way too sweet for me and the sauce was too strong. I tried one the next day, I have to say, they were better! This is definitely a make ahead recipe! Still, I'd cut down the sugar by half. Made for WT 8
  2. This is a recipe that would definitely improve with a little tweaking. The meatballs themselves (without the sauce) were very tasty. I think the curry really steps up the flavor. The problem is with the barbecue sauce. Rather than Australian, it was more like a Carolina-style sauce with a strong vinegar flavor. It also was not very thick, and I think there was just too much going on with all the ingredients. I did lighten up on the sugar after reading the previous review and was glad I did. I think using a different sauce would produce a real keeper of a recipe. Made for ZWT8.



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