Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs

November 9, 2011

I really don’t like to cook (this obviously does not apply to baking, which I love). I enjoy trying new dinner recipes from time to time,  but overall I don’t like the day-to-day chore of cooking. And meal planning, oh my goodness, a huge weakness of mine. I’m trying improve in this area! I’m hoping to begin posting a few quick and easy recipes so that I’ll be able to refer back to them from time to time. A record of meals to assist in my meal planning!

I have two criteria for our family meals. They have to be easy to prepare. Like many moms I don’t have lots of time to be standing over the stove at 5:00 preparing dinner. 5:00 is crabby time around these parts (not that my little angels are ever crabby). Meals also have to be allergy friendly, or at least adaptable, for my boys’. Which means avoiding eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, and dairy. Yes, that means no cheese (sigh). Fortunately, there are still lots of yummy things they can eat. One of which would be these Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs. Seasonally appropriate don’t ya think?

Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs

  • 2 lbs. hamburger
  • 1 1/2 cups quick oats
  • 2 eggs (or egg replacer)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 2 tsp. onion salt
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line 2 baking pans with foil. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Shape into 1 1/2 inch meatballs and place on foil-lined pans. Bake for 15 minutes or until cooked through. Place meatballs in serving bowl and pour cranberry barbecue sauce over them.  Stir to coat. These are delicious with mashed potatoes!
Cranberry Barbecue Sauce ~ In a medium saucepan heat together 1 can whole berry cranberry sauce and 1 bottle (16oz) of your favorite barbecue sauce*, stirring occasionally.
*I am always careful to buy bbq sauce that does not contain wheat (modified food starch). I also like to make my own occasionally. I recently tried a recipe from Simply Scratch and it’s my new favorite!
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Emilia November 9, 2011 at 2:57 pm

This dish looks amazing, so mouthwatering. Never tried cranberry bbq sauce with meatballs, but judging by your photos it must be pretty tasty.

Becky November 9, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Thanks Emilia! We really enjoyed it and they are so easy to make!

Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum November 9, 2011 at 9:46 pm

I think I may have seen these on Foodgawker and thought how delicious they sounded! YUM. I need to bookmark this for sure.

Becky November 10, 2011 at 8:19 am

Thanks Lindsay!

Carrie Pacini November 10, 2011 at 3:30 pm

I love the idea of cranberry bbq sauce with meatballs! Yum. It looks so good on top of the mashed potatoes.

skr November 14, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Love this.

Jeff April 11, 2012 at 6:45 am

Saw these on Foodgawker and couldn’t resist! They were so good that I had to share them with my legions of adoring fans…okay 4 faithful readers. But I totally linked back to you because that’s how I roll. Thanks for the delicious recipe ! Cheers!

Becky April 11, 2012 at 8:46 am

Lol…you crack me up Jeff! Your meatballs looked great:-)

Amanda October 18, 2013 at 12:42 pm

I’ve been using the barbecue/cranberry sauce for a couple of years now. My cousin’s MIL gave it to me along with a meatball recipe I didn’t care to much about. I’m making your meatball recipe tonight for supper. They sound and look amazing! I love me some meatballs! :)

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