Friday, May 31, 2013

Crockpot Sticky BBQ Meatballs

CROCKPOT STICKY BBQ MEATBALLS
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This weekend we have a bunch of friends coming into town. Some will be staying with us which is awesome, but the kicker is that we never really know when they will be pulling into town. The drive from Salt Lake takes about 4 hours and they usually leave right after work, (without stopping for dinner,) so I always try to have something delicious and filling for them to nosh on when they get here. My crockpot is my weapon of choice in this situation. I can tackle dinner for my family AND our late night visitors in one fell swoop!

Now PAY attention cause I am going to throw a little curve-ball at you... For this particular recipe I actually use the HOMESTEAD SEASONINGS PORK RUB, and not the BEEF RUB. It has all those tasti-fied browns sugars & homestyle bbq flavors that I was looking for in this dish, and its a super simple SET & FORGET recipe, which I love!

INGREDIENTS
1 bag (48 ounces) frozen meatballs
1 bottle (28 ounces) your favorite BBQ sauce
3 tablespoons HOMESTEAD SEASONINGS PORK RUB
1/8 cup Apricot jelly or preserves (optional)
1/8 cup Honey

INSTRUCTIONS
Combine meatballs, BBQ sauce, HS PORK RUB, Honey and apricot preserves in a crockpot.  Heat on High until warmed through, then set to Keep Warm until your guests are ready to enjoy them.




24 comments:

  1. What dish/side food would go well with this recipe? Maybe rice?

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  2. Do you brown the meatballs before throwing them in the crockpot? Or just throw them in uncooked??

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    3. It's too bad there always seems to be one person to make snarky comments on things like this. Not everyone cares to hear how perfect you must be!

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    4. Asking if frozen meatballs need to be browned first does call for a little jab. Let's keep it real.

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    5. Some may not be familiar with frozen meatballs. I have never noticed them, apparently, and have never purchased them and likely never will because I have a homemade recipe I really like, so, to me the question makes perfect sense. Just keepin' it real here for ya'. :)

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    6. I actually want to know.... I'm new at cooking so I really have to ask the dumb questions apparently

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    7. No need to brown first, they're already cooked and ready to go. If you make your own meatballs from scratch then yes, you should brown them first.

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    8. I have never made anything with frozen meatballs but I have seen them , they look gray and ugly to me so browning them just to get some color , or to get some extra flavor makes a lot of sense to me . I wouldn't cook them long just enough to brown them in a little oil.

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  4. Potato/sweet potato wedges would be yummy.

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  5. what can you use in place of the HS pork rub?

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  6. I'm making these for Christmas Eve. Thanks for the awesome recipe!!

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  7. Awesome Recipe!!!

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  8. Can I know what calories per serving ?

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  9. yummy recipe! hubby just bought 120ct "frozen" meatballs and i thought what to do with all of these! tku for such a yummy recipe, any idea of additional side dishes you recommend besides the ones commented above?

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  10. Loaded mashed potatoes would be good with rhis

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  11. Homestead pork rub ? Is there an alternative please ? Dont think we have that brand in england

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    1. They mentioned having brown sugar and some bbq flavors so I would look for those flavors on the bottle or jar of the pork rubs in your area....

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    2. .... it won't be the same, but it may be close... it seems they have a link to the Homestead products at the top of the page if you are interested.... the price seems reasonable...

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  12. How long do you normally keep these in the crockpot on high? Trying to time it for when husband gets home from work.

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    1. Wondering the same thing.

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