Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Spicey BBQ Meatballs or Farmer Sausage

This is a great sauce served with meatballs or this post is with farmer sausage which our family all loves. I made this recipe even before I was married so that is over 25 years. I have tried a number of others and keep coming back to this.

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 chopped onion

1 cup ketchup

1 cup water

2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

2 tbsp paprika or may use part chili powder

1 tbsp. dry mustard

1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup vinegar

Saute onion in olive oil, add 1 whole farmer sausage if using. Combine remaining ingredients and boil for 5 minutes. Pour over two lbs of meatballs, Bake for 40 minutes or place meatballs/farmer sausage in crock pot and cook on low 4-6 hours. The longer the meat sits in the sauce the tastier it is. Great the next day. Serves well with mashed potatoes, rice or pasta.


  1. Looks like this recipe sort of got missed in the line-up, but it sounds like a good idea for an appetizer too!

  2. never thought of it as appetizer, but that would work great with little fancy toothpicks and all.

  3. I make a similar version of this but I use brown sugar and omit the water. So yummy!

  4. This looks delicious! This is probably a silly question, but when I pour it over the meatballs...are the meatballs already cooked? Ha! Kitchen clueless here!

  5. that is not a silly question at all erin.....i know people that don't cook the meatballs before they are in the sauce, but i make the meatballs and bake them at 375 for about 20 minutes to brown them and then i put them in the sauce.

  6. If I might add.. just an easy way to brown meatballs... cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil, spread the meatballs out individually and bake, like Charlotte suggested. I like to do a big recipe and freeze these meatballs for quick access ... for recipes.