These easy BBQ meatballs are an appetizer must for any party!
Glazed meatballs are always a hit at cocktail parties, and these Easy Root Beer BBQ Meatballs put an exciting new spin on that classic dish.
Root beer is used in place of the jelly that is commonly found in similar recipes, and it adds a whole new dimension and flavor to the party.
When making a recipe like this, it's important to choose your BBQ sauce carefully. Many sauces have sugar or corn syrup as the first ingredient. This is fine for grilling up some chicken, but we already have a lot of sweetness from the root beer so avoid those brands for this dish. Find one that has tomato or vinegar as the first ingredient, and has a little heat to it to balance the sweet root beer flavors.
First I let the soda reduce for about 20 minutes to form a nice syrup.
You don’t have to make homemade meatballs for this recipe. I grew up in an Italian American family so I just can’t do store-bought meatballs. I won’t look down on you if you do though! These meatballs were beef, breadcrumbs, egg, cilantro, garlic and habanero.
When the soda gets syrupy, add in the BBQ sauce.
When the meatballs are done cooking, toss them in the sweet and spicy sauce and you are ready to go! Put them into a slow cooker if you want to heat them up for a party.
I like putting them out on a nice long and skinny platter for a dramatic presentation.
Dan Whalen (@tFimB) hadn’t bought a bottle of root beer in a few years before making these meatballs. He has been blogging for over 6 years at The Food in My Beard; check Dan's Tablespoon profile often to try his recipes with creative international spins!