Barbecue Meatballs

If you are looking for the perfect meal for a cold winter night, this could be it. The Pioneer Woman calls it “comfort food to the max”, and I definitely agree. I just bought The Pioneer Woman Cooks – the new cookbook from Ree Drummond – aka The Pioneer Woman, and thought I would break it in with this recipe that I’ve been wanting to try for awhile. Each recipe contains step by step pictures to go along with the instructions – perfect for someone like me who always questions if I’m following the instructions correctly!

The detailed instructions must have helped me out, because these were amazing – perfectly moist and full of wonderful, warm, savory flavor. They’re very similar to meatloaf, but somehow so much better. Unfortunately, meatloaf is the one food that Mike can’t stand. I tried to be sneaky and trick him into eating them by continually calling them “barbecue meatballs.” He wasn’t fooled. He took one bite and said “These taste like meatloaf.” But pay no attention to my husband’s opinion – if you’re looking for a comforting, warm winter meal, try this one. I definitely recommend it.

Barbecue Meatballs


  • 1-½ pound Ground Beef
  • ¾ cups Oats
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 3 Tablespoons Very Finely Minced Onion
  • 1-½ teaspoon Salt
  • Plenty Of Ground Black Pepper (to Taste)
  • 1 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • Canola Oil
  • 1 cup Ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 Tablespoons (to 6 Tablespoons) Onion
  • 1 dash(es) Tabasco


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine first 6 ingredients (through black pepper). Roll into medium-small balls and place on a cookie sheet.
  3. Place sheet in freezer for five minutes.
  4. After 5 minutes, remove meatballs from freezer and immediately dredge in flour. Brown meatballs in canola oil until just brown.
  5. Place into a baking dish. Combine ketchup, sugar, vinegar,worcestershire sauce, onion, and tabasco. Pour over meatballs and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
  6. Serve with egg noodles, mashed potatoes, or crusty French bread.
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  1. Wow, you are the real cook. Nice work 🙂

  2. That looks delicious!I also love Ree's recipes and this looks great.I came across your site from the foodieblogroll and I'd love to guide our readers to your site if you won't mind.Just add your choice of foodista widget to this post and it's all set, Thanks!

  3. Hey, I can't believe you have actually made your own meatballs – I wouldn't have the patience!! Well done, girl. If your husband is not keen on them, the secret is to add lots of red wine.. 🙂 Try these:

  4. Don't those meatballs look fabulous? I have GOT to get Ree's book. Going to hint like mad to my kids.

  5. If I made these, I would up the ante and put them on a charcoal grill- I got ADDICTED to grilled meatballs this summer! They are so good! You just have to not knock them down on the coals, hah.

  6. Gera Those look great! Unfortunatley I'm still not sure Mike would eat them, but next time he's gone maybe I'll make them just for me 🙂

    Barbara Hope you get the cookbook for Christmas. It's definitely a good one 🙂

    Lele Grilled meatballs? Sounds wonderful! I never thought of that before. Do you put them on foil or something to cook?

  7. mmm I made these for my roommates and they loved them!

  8. natalie – I'm glad you liked them! I've loved all the recipes I've tried from the pioneer woman. 🙂

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