Famous Barbecued Meatballs

I am not sure whose famous barbecued meatballs are but based on the tattered look to the recipe they were someone’s favorite. I am getting better with the grill though still getting teased about char by my family. Oh well. These don’t require a grill and thus are immune to teasing by family.

I leave out the additional salt-the seasoned salt, Worcestershire sauce and celery all add enough saltiness for our house.

Famous Barbecued Meatballs

1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup fine bread crumbs
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
1 small onion, minced
1 teaspoon salt

2 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 cups diagonally sliced celery

Blend all ingredients, form into balls using 1 tablespoon of mixture per ball. Place in a greased shallow pan or cookie sheet with edges (to catch the grease). Bake at 350 degrees about 20 minutes. This is so much easier than browning in a skillet. Drain cooked meatballs carefully on paper towels before putting into sauce.


1 onion minced
2 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup catsup
3/4 cup water (may need more later)
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
1 teaspoon salt

Saute onion in butter; add remaining ingredients and simmer 10 minutes. Place meatballs in sauce; simmer 15 minutes. Serve hot with toothpicks.


  1. Hmm, this recipe looks better than the one I have for barbecued meatballs. Saving for future reference.

  2. Do! I hope you enjoy.

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