I am a meatball freak. At potlucks I beeline for the meatballs. They are my jam.
Meatballs are the perfect party foods, since there are easy to make and freeze ahead of time(and they’re balls of meat – what’s not to love?!). That’s why I made over 300 of them for our wedding. I was a meatball machine!
I decided to go a slightly Asian route for these, because, well, it’s my wedding and I love Asian flavors(hence two Asian flavor profile recipes in a row – sorry not sorry).
My beloved garlic mincer died while making these, so some of the garlic pieces were a liiiiittle larger than they should have been. In the pictures I served this with a mango bbq sauce I purchased at the little farmers market on the way home from work one day. I told the lady I’d give her credit, so shout out to Sister Chris’s Fruit Flavored BBQ Sauce! I tried several of the flavors and they were all delish and went great with this recipe!
At our wedding my brother-in-law’s father mixed Asian chili sauce with a sweet BBQ sauce. They were a huge hit! I used this sauce in the recipe below, but there are a lot of variations that you could take and it would still be great with these. The key is to have some sweetness in your sauce.
- 2 lbs. ground pork or ground beef(I used a combo of the two)
- 2 tsp. sesame oil
- 1 cup Panko or breadcrumbs
- ½ tsp. ground ginger
- 2 eggs
- 3 tsp. minced garlic
- ½ cup thinly-sliced green onions
- For Sauce:
- 1 cup sweet chili sauce (I used Thai Kitchen brand)
- 1 cup fruity or sweet bbq (I used Archer Farms Pineapple BBQ)
- In a large bowl, mix together meatball ingredients until well-combined. I use my hands for this as I feel everything gets more thoroughly incorporated this way. Shape into balls (I went for about 1 inch, which made about 56), and place on a greased baking sheet or in a 9x13-inch baking dish. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until meatballs are golden on the outside and no longer pink on the inside.
- For Sauce:
- Mix together bbq and sweet chili sauce. Coat meatballs with sauce. If you need more sauce just add equal parts of the two sauces until you have your desired amount.
- Keep warm in crockpot