Deliciously Unique: Cranberry Glazed BBQ Meatballs Recipe

Deliciously Unique: Cranberry Glazed BBQ Meatballs Recipe

  • Recipe Rating: ★★★★☆
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Servings: 4

For the Meatballs:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup crushed pork rinds (you can adjust the amount to your liking)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/8 cup dried minced onions (onion flakes; found in the spice aisle)
  • 1/8 cup beef bouillon powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 1/8 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cooking spray (for baking)

For the Cranberry Glaze:

  • 1 cup cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 cup SGT. Hart's BBQ Sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or chili powder (adjust to your spice preference)


1. Prepare the Meatballs:

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, ground pork, crushed pork rinds, milk, chopped onion, minced garlic, egg, salt, and pepper. Mix until all ingredients are well combined.

  • Shape the mixture into 1-inch meatballs and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. You should have approximately 24-30 meatballs.

  • Lightly spray the meatballs with cooking spray to help them brown nicely in the oven.

2. Bake the Meatballs:

  • Bake the meatballs in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes or until they are cooked through and have a nice golden brown color. Ensure the internal temperature of the meatballs reaches 160°F (71°C).

3. Prepare the Cranberry Glaze:

  • While the meatballs are baking, prepare the cranberry glaze. In a saucepan, combine cranberry sauce, SGT. Hart's BBQ Sauce, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, mustard, ground cinnamon, and cayenne pepper.

  • Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is well heated and the brown sugar is dissolved. Simmer for a few minutes until the glaze thickens slightly. Remove from heat.

4. Glaze the Meatballs:

  • Once the meatballs are done baking, remove them from the oven and transfer them to a large mixing bowl.

  • Pour the cranberry glaze over the meatballs and gently toss to coat them evenly in the glaze.

5. Serve and Enjoy:

  • Transfer the glazed meatballs to a serving platter and garnish with chopped fresh parsley or green onions for added color and freshness. 

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