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Easy Root Beer BBQ Meatballs

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

Aren’t you always pleasantly surprised when you show up to a party and there’s a slow cooker full of warm, delectable meatballs? Be the bringer of joy at your next get-together with this exciting spin on the classic cocktail party favorite. You might not think of root beer when you think of beef, but this recipe will make you think again. MORE+ LESS-

Updated September 27, 2019

Ingredients

Meatballs (or just use store bought):

1
lb 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
oz root beer
1
cup BBQ sauce

Steps

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  • 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.
  • 3
    Add in the warm meatballs and stir well.
  • 4
    Simmer for about 10 minutes and serve.

Expert 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.
  • When making these meatballs, 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 there will already be a lot of sweetness from the root beer, so avoid any sauces that are overly sweet. Find one that has tomato or vinegar as the first ingredient—bonus if it’s spicy to balance the sweet in the root beer flavors.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
90
Calories from Fat
30
% Daily Value
Total Fat
3 1/2g
5%
Saturated Fat
1 1/2g
7%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
25mg
8%
Sodium
190mg
8%
Potassium
85mg
2%
Total Carbohydrate
10g
3%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
8g
Protein
5g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
4%
4%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 1 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • These easy BBQ meatballs are an appetizer must for any party! Glazed meatballs are always a hit at cocktail parties, and this easy root beer version puts an exciting new spin on that classic dish. Root beer is used in place of the grape jelly that is commonly found in similar recipes, and it adds a whole new dimension and flavor to the party.

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