Recipe: BBQ Meatballs for a Crowd

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When all our kids are home for Sunday dinner, I’d much rather be visiting and playing with babies than cooking.  Because of that, I’m always on the lookout for meals that I can prep ahead of time.   A few weeks ago I made a big crock pot full of meatballs, and topped them with my homemade barbecue sauce.  I served them with hoagie rolls and hot dog buns, so that everyone could make their own meatball sandwiches.

Here’s the recipe I used.  It’s enough to serve two dozen people generously.  Any leftover meatballs can be frozen for later, or added to spaghetti sauce on spaghetti night. To make this recipe gluten free, serve over rice instead of on rolls, and use gluten-free oats and gluten-free soy sauce.



  1. Jennie C. says:

    Here’s another recipe I make that freezes well they might enjoy:

    3 Cheese Baked Spaghetti
    Pasta Mixture:
    1 pd. spaghetti
    3T. butter
    1 t. salt
    3 t. parsley
    2 cups cottage cheese
    ½ cup parmesan cheese
    8 oz. mozzarella cheese

    16 oz. ground beef or turkey
    1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
    ½ cup of finely chopped onion
    ¼ t. pepper
    1 jar of spaghetti sauce
    1 T. sugar
    2 t. Italian seasoning

    Extra mozzarella

    Cook pasta.
    Drain and add remaining pasta ingredients. Pour into a greased 9X13 pan.
    Brown meat with garlic and onion. Drain meat and add remaining sauce ingredients. Pour on top of the pasta.
    Add mozzarella cheese to cover.
    Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.


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