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BBQ Meatball Subs

You are sure to please those gathered around your picnic table when you serve them BBQ'd Meatball Subs. I use my hamburger recipe but make meatballs instead of the patties, smother them in sauce and bake. Toasted sub buns with melted cheddar and some sauteed onions make for a mouth watering meal. Serve with fresh veggies and fruit.

Ingredients: for 4-6 subs
  • 2 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce (your favorite)
  • 1/2 cup grated onion
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup dry bread crumbs
For the sauce mix together in a casserole or roaster 2 cups of the same BBQ sauce and 2 cups tomato sauce. Once the meatballs are baked add them to this sauce.
  1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment
  2. Place all the ingredients in a bowl, get your hands in there and mix it up well
  3. Form 1 1/2" meatballs and place on pan
  4. Bake in 400º oven for 20 minutes
  5. Take out and lean your pan on a bit of an angle so any fat runs off the meat
  6. Transfer meatballs into the casserole with the sauce and give it a stir
  7. Bake at 375º for 1/2 hour, or turn down and keep hot while you get the buns ready.
While the meatballs are baking, saute 1 large onion cut into rings in 1 tbsp butter
Slice open the sub buns and line with cheddar cheese.
Grill under the broiler of your oven until the cheese is melted and the buns are toasted.
Load each bun with meatballs and sauce, and top with'll need a napkin!


  1. oh my goodness, i could have this for breakfast this morning....
    looks fantastic. my brother would love this, hmmm, gives me an idea!

  2. Fantastic picture...and the sub sounds delicious. It looks like a perfect camping meal ..or a home meal.

  3. I was going to say the same thing Charlotte said about having them for breakfast! My mouth is watering just reading the recipe!

  4. Oh yum. They really look 2 napkins good.

  5. My family would go for these. Looks wonderful Kathy!

  6. Looks absolutely delicious! I'll need to try these soon.

  7. Sweeeet! My kind of sandwich-just might make these tonight.

  8. this looks soooooo good! I am always looking for ideas for nights when we are running to ball games. I could have the meatballs ready in the sauce. Then they could have a sub before the game and another one after. Thanks for the idea!

  9. Thank You! Made these for dinner - so good. Definite hit with all 6 guys in our house!

  10. I will try these this summer. They look like a fun alternative to hamburgers!

  11. I have a meat-ball sub fan in this house...and he will be most thankful that you shared this recipe. Thanks.


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