Best Old-Fashioned Cocktail Meatballs

Kelly Williams


I don't know if it's the "extra ingedient" I add, or my homemade meatball recipe, but I'm the one everyone always asks to make them! So sharing my recipe with you all! It's just the ever-still-popular one, but according to my friends and family, just a little touch better! Enjoy! (photo from bing images)

★★★★★ 5 votes
Makes 40 meatballs
15 Min
20 Min



2 1/2 lbs.
fresh ground beef, find a pkg. close to this or can be a little smaller is fine
1 cup
dry italian breadcrumbs
1 tsp.
dried parsley flakes
1/2 cup
1 Tbl.
dried onion
2 tsp.
1 tsp.
worcestershire sauce
large eggs, beaten
1/2 tsp.
garlic powder
coarse ground pepper


(16 oz.) jar grape jelly
(12 oz.) bottle heinz chili sauce
1 Tbl.
sweet baby rays barbeque sauce, original flavor


1In large bowl, beat eggs, mix in rest of meatball ingredients with your hands well. Form into 40-45 meatballs. Place them on lightly oiled foil-lined cookie sheet. Sprinkle tops lightly with coarse ground pepper. Bake in 400ยบ oven for 22-24 minutes or til done inside. Remove to paper towel-lined bowl. In large deep frying pan, add sauce ingredients. Heat over medium heat, whisking, til jelly has melted and all is combined. Add meatballs, stir to coat. Simmer in sauce on LOW for 1 minute, stirring. Transfer to a crock pot that has been preheated to low. Serve with toothpicks in a glass on the side for guests to pick.

*You can also serve these over cooked rice as a main dish. Drizzle rice with some of the extra sauce, top with meatballs, garnish with fresh finely chopped parsley and serve hot. Serves 6-8.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Meat Appetizers