Tangy Meatball Subs

Tangy Meatball Subs Recipe

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Cara J Mastrangello


I was craving a meatball sub until I started to think about marinara sauce. So I decided to change things up a bit.


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10 Min
35 Min



  • 1 1/2 lb
    ground beef
  • 1/2 c
    plain breadcrumbs (i like panko)
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 1-2 clove
    minced garlic
  • dash(es)
    salt and pepper
  • 1
    beaten egg (is optional, only use if the meatballs are not holding shape well)

  • 1 c
  • 2 1/2 c
    sweet bbq sauce
  • 2 tsp
    worcestershire sauce
  • 4 Tbsp
    apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp
  • 1/8 c
    finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 medium
    finely chopped sweet pepper
  • 1-2 Tbsp
    light brown sugar (check directions before using)

  • 1 16oz pkg
    coleslaw mix (just the prepped veggies)
  • 4 Tbsp
    apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp
    vegetable oil
  • 2 heaping Tbsp
  • 2 Tbsp
    agave syrup (or honey if you don't have)
  • 1/2 tsp
    salt and pepper

How to Make Tangy Meatball Subs


  1. Prepare the coleslaw topping first.

    In medium to large bowl mix vinegar, oil, mayo, syrup, salt and pepper. Mix well then gently stir in the coleslaw mix. Stir to coat.

    Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Next the meatballs.

    Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

    Combine meatball ingredients and using hands make sure it all gets well mixed.

    Shape into ping pong sized balls (about 1 to 1 1/2 balls) and place them on an aluminum foil covered baking pan.

    Bake 30-35 minutes, until cooked through.
  3. While the meatballs are cooking:

    In a saucepan on medium low heat, whisk together all sauce ingredients except brown sugar. Gently simmer on low heat for 5 minutes, stirring often. Carefully taste, if the sauce isn't sweet enough then add some of the brown sugar.
  4. When meatballs are done, in a large heat resistant bowl, toss with tangy sauce. Allow to set and cool a few minutes before assembling subs.
  5. Cut a sub roll or hoagie in half. On the bottom half, line up meatballs (as many as desired or can fit) and a small amount of sauce over them.

    Top with coleslaw and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
  6. My roommates 3 year old loved these, she didn't have it in a sub though, just some meatballs on a plate with a side of coleslaw, and I have to say, it still looked delish!

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