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Easy Root Beer BBQ Meatballs

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Easy Root Beer BBQ Meatballs
  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 30 min
  • Servings 20
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Easy Root Beer BBQ Meatballs

A sweet and spicy root beer glaze for some mini beef meatballs.

Ingredients

Meatballs (or just use store bought):

1
pound ground beef
1
egg
1/4
cup bread crumbs
3
habaneros, minced (seeds optional depending on desired heat level)
2
cloves garlic, grated
1/4
cup grated parmesan cheese

Sauce:

24
ounces root beer
1
cup BBQ sauce

Directions

  • 1 Mix all the meatball ingredients in a bowl. Shape your meatballs and put them on a sheet tray. Broil to brown, about 7 minutes. Flip them and broil 5 more minutes or until browned and cooked through.
  • 2 Add the root beer to a pot and simmer lightly for about 20 minutes until it has reduced and become slightly syrupy. Add in the BBQ sauce. Add in the warm meatballs and stir well. Simmer for about 10 minutes and serve.
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Root beer is the secret to the best meatballs ever.

As prepared by The Food in my Beard,

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.

 

Easy Root Beer BBQ Meatballs

First I let the soda reduce for about 20 minutes to form a nice syrup.

 

Easy Root Beer BBQ Meatballs

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.

 

Easy Root Beer BBQ Meatballs

When the soda gets syrupy, add in the BBQ sauce.

 

Easy Root Beer BBQ Meatballs

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.

 

Easy Root Beer BBQ Meatballs

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!

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Tips  

For a faster and easier method, use your favorite store bought meatballs.

You can also keep the meatballs with the sauce in a slow cooker on low until ready to serve as well as to keep warm. Watch the moisture levels and add a little water if needed.

Nutrition Information 
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