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.
Start with your usual meatball mixture.
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.
Browned up nice.
Brown sugar goes in next.
The caramel begins to form. Yum!
BBQ sauce goes in next. Stir it up to make it sticky, sweet, and savory.
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!