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BBQ Party Meatballs

If you’re looking for a crowd-pleaser for your next gathering, consider these easy peasy BBQ party meatballs.

This dish is ideal for entertaining because you can mix and fry the meatballs ahead of time and pop them in the fridge. Then heat them in a crockpot with bottled BBQ sauce for just long enough to heat them back up.

If you like using a lot of appliances in your kitchen, this checked the box of two of them. I used the KitchenAid for mixing and the Calphalon slow cooker to fry and then to heat the meatballs.

I also used my gizmo (otherwise known as the Pampered Chef medium scoop) to help me form the balls and keep them a uniform size.

it’s great to be able to use the insert of the crockpot on the stove top to fry the meat. It was easy to pour off the excess grease too. After cooling a bit, I refrigerated until about 30 minutes before party time.

It would be easy to modify these meatballs with ingredients you like or have on hand. You could also modify their size for tiny cocktail balls or bigger sandwich sizes.

I used two pounds of bacon ground beef (from my Seven Sons meat box) plus one pound lean ground beef. And then just a bit of oatmeal, dried onion, an egg and salt & pepper.

Oh, yeah and sauce from the giant bottle from Costco. And of course the giant bag of chips also from Costco. You’d hate to send your guests home without a nice helping of chips!

What makes these meatballs different (and delish!) is that the oatmeal and frying make them crispy. And then the sauce makes them juicy. Just the perfect combo

BBQ Party Meatballs

Easy peasy worry-free dish perfect for entertaining.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 3 dozen meatballs


  • 3 pounds ground beef It would be easy to sub one pound of the beef with ground turkey
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 egg
  • cup dried onion flakes
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 bottle BBQ sauce


  • Combine all ingredients except sauce. I used the KitchenAid.
  • Create uniform balls and cook through on stovetop.
  • Drain grease.
  • If serving immediately, add BBQ sauce and heat through. If serving later, refrigerate until about 30-60 minutes prior to serving. Then cover in BBQ sauce and heat.
  • Enjoy!