BBQ Meatballs (Courtesy of Pioneer Woman)

"These really are so delicious, folks. They’re almost like little “meatloaf balls”, with a lot more flavorful surface area than a big slice of meatloaf. And the sauce is just a classic sweet/sour ketchup concoction and it makes you think of Grandma. My kids love this dish, which is a miracle. And they’re delicious warmed up the next day and placed on a toasted sandwich bun with melted mozzarella on top. Yikes. *Note that these meatballs are not in the same category of regular Italian meatballs that would go in Spaghetti and Meatballs—those have more of a breadcrumb/parsley/Parmesan flair. These are more in the comfort food/meatloaf category. If you’d like to serve them with pasta, regular egg noodles tossed in a tiny bit of melted butter would be divine."
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Ready In:
24 meatballs




  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine ground beef, oats, milk, 3T very finely minced onion, salt and black pepper.
  • Roll into medium-small balls and place on a cookie sheet.
  • Place sheet in freezer for five minutes.
  • After 5 minutes, remove meatballs from freezer and immediately dredge in unseasoned flour.
  • Brown meatballs in canola oil until just brown.
  • Place into a baking dish.
  • Combine all sauce ingredients.
  • Pour over meatballs and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
  • Serve with egg noodles, mashed potatoes, or crusty French bread.

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  1. Loved this recipe. I used venison meat, awesome!!
  2. My husband and I love these meatballs. I make a double batch to freeze some for another time. I like to serve them over mashed potatoes or No Yolk egg noodles. Yummm....
  3. Hubs and father-in-law loved these meatballs. What else can I say?!
  4. I love Pioneer Woman ( This recipe was really good. I made mine with ground venison so I reduced the cooking time by 15 minutes. My son said it tasted EXACTLY like the meatballs in the meatball sandwiches at his SCHOOL. Not exactly the review I was going for, but I was pleased he tried and enjoyed them. I doubled the recipe and froze the other half of the meatballs for another time. Thanks for reposting this recipe.
  5. LOVE THIS RECIPE! I was craving meatloaf this week and this recipe hit the spot. The sauce is addictive and will be my go to topping for meatloaf from now on. So glad to see this recipe is posted!


  1. Youza! These were delcious. I love so many of the Pioneer Woman's recipes and this is one. I doubled the sauce just because we like lots of sauce and used 1 teaspoon onion powder instead of onion and served the meatballs over mashed potatoes. I do think next time I would cut back a little on the vinegar in the sauce but that is just a family preference. These take a little time to prepare, but they are worth it!!


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