Cowboy Meatballs with Cowboy BBQ Sauce

  • Author: The Kitchen Whisperer

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Cowboy Meatballs

  • 3 lbs ground beef (85/15 or 80/20)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup minced onion
  • 2 cups old fashioned oatmeal, not instant or quick cooking
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounces evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon chili powder

Cowboy BBQ Sauce:

  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 2 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, add all of the ingredients for the sauce.
  3. Cook until thick and bubbly; stirring occasionally. ~10 minutes.
  4. To make the meatballs, mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.
  5. Then when it is all uniformly mixed, form into meatballs about the size of large golf balls or a bit larger.
  6. Place a large skillet over medium heat. You can add a tablespoon of olive oil if you want.
  7. Put the meatballs in the pan (don’t overcrowd).
  8. Brown on all sides (about 2-3 minutes per side).
  9. Remove from the pan and place in a casserole pan. The meatballs may touch, but don’t crowd them together.
  10. Pour the sauce over the pan seared meatballs.
  11. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes hour (depending on the size of the meatballs). You can cover for the first 20 minutes but then uncover the last 20-25 minutes to allow the sauce to get dark and super thick. The meatballs should be 165F with a meat thermometer.
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