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Sweet Brown Sugar BBQ Meatballs

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Sweet Brown Sugar BBQ Meatballs
  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 30 min
  • Servings 30
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Sweet Brown Sugar BBQ Meatballs

Sticky glazed meatballs that are sweet, savory and just a little spicy.

Ingredients

For the meatballs:

1
pound ground beef
1/2
pound ground pork
1/2
cup Progresso™ Italian style panko bread crumbs
1/2
cup Parmesan cheese
1
egg
2
cloves garlic, grated
Salt and pepper

For the sauce:

1/2
cup brown sugar
1/2
cup BBQ sauce
2
teaspoons chile flake (or to taste)
Chives for garnish

Directions

  • 1 Mix all of the meatball ingredients together and form your meatballs.
  • 2 Heat a large frying pan with a little oil and gently, one by one, add in the meatballs. After they cook for about 4 minutes, flip the meatballs and cook an additional 4 minutes. Once they're cooked on the outside, they should be a little less delicate. Making sure none are stuck to the bottom, start tossing them in the pan a little more to cook them evenly. Drain most of the fat, leaving a few tablespoons worth in the pan.
  • 3 Add 2 tablespoons of water to deglaze the pan, scraping up any stuck on pieces. Add the brown sugar, adding a little more water if it looks too dry. It should start to bubble and look like dark caramel.
  • 4 Remove from heat and add in the BBQ sauce. Stir well. Serve and top with the chives.
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Brown sugar BBQ meatballs are sweet, savory and incredibly delicious.

As prepared by The Food in my Beard,

These meatballs have a rich, deep flavor thanks to brown sugar and your favorite BBQ sauce. 

Caramel and meatballs might seem like a weird combo, but it's actually a really common thing in different cultures! In Vietnam there’s a type of meatball called Xiu Mai that's coated in a caramel sauce. 

I used Xiu Mai as inspiration for these sweet brown sugar BBQ meatballs. I made some simple meatballs, but feel free to use store-bought. Simply sear them in a frying pan and add some brown sugar. Once a quick caramel sauce forms, add a splash of BBQ sauce and you end up with a sticky sweet and super delicious deep dark sauce.

A little chive on top adds a little freshness to this deep-flavored dish.

 

Sweet Brown Sugar BBQ Meatballs

Start with your usual meatball mixture.

 

Sweet Brown Sugar BBQ Meatballs

I usually like to broil meatballs, but for these, pan-frying works best. That’s because you get the nice browning and fat to start your caramel.

 

Sweet Brown Sugar BBQ Meatballs

Browned up nice.

 

Sweet Brown Sugar BBQ Meatballs

Brown sugar goes in next.

 

Sweet Brown Sugar BBQ Meatballs

The caramel begins to form. Yum!

 

Sweet Brown Sugar BBQ Meatballs

BBQ sauce goes in next. Stir it up to make it sticky, sweet, and savory.

 

Sweet Brown Sugar BBQ Meatballs

These meatballs are great! Perfect for a party or on a sandwich. 

 

Dan Whalen, @tFimB, tries to be inspired by Vietnamese food as much as possible. 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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