Friday, October 10, 2014

Flashback Friday / Spicy BBQ Meatballs or Farmer Sausage


I first posted this recipe way back on 2008. With this being Thanksgiving weekend in Canada, it is the perfect time to revive this recipe since I always serve these meatballs along side our Turkey dinner. I have been making these meatballs for over 30 years now and I am asked to make them every year. It is a recipe that is easily adapted to being gluten free and is naturally dairy free so everyone in my family can enjoy these. I also make this sauce with Farmer Sausage for a quick mid week meal. The longer the meatballs sit in the sauce the tastier they are. If you are making these for Thanksgiving dinner, use a crock pot to free up the oven for the Turkey.

  • 2 lbs of prepared meatballs or a double link of smoked sausage
  • 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


  1. Saute' the chopped onion in some oil until soft but not brown. 
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.
  3. Pour over meatballs and bake in a 350 oven for 40 minutes, or for 4-6 hours on low in the crock pot. 


If you are using it for Farmer Sausage, saute onion in olive oil, add 1 whole farmer sausage cut in slices. Combine ingredients for the sauce and simmer on the stovetop for 30-40 minutes or place in a casserole dish and bake in a 350 oven for about the same time. You can also put the 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.

10 comments:

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

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

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

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  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!

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  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.

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  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.

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  7. Does look like a great addition to our Thanksgiving dinner. My only question might be rather nonsense but I noted you didn't mention how much meat you would use.

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    1. thank you, i have edited the recipe now to include the amount of meatballs or smoked sausage.

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    2. Thank you so much. I was in sort of the ball park figuring around the 1 lb mark.

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    3. ***Looks great! I'll run out & buy some pre-made meatballs tomorrow morning & make these tomorrow night to take to our daughters house for Thanksgiving.

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