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Monday, January 28, 2013

GAME DAY MEATBALLS & LIL SMOKIES {WITH THE MOST AMAZING SAUCE EVER!}

Gameday Meatballs and Lil Smokies: Butter with a Side of Bread


So I think my husband may be more excited for the super bowl than he was for Christmas. Don't tell my kids I told you that. Really though, he's beyond excited. I'm sure it's got something to do with growing up in the Bay Area... yeah maybe just a little bit. He's pulling out meal planning strategies I didn't know he had. It's a good thing too because if I did, well let's just say my To Do list for Thanksgiving would be drastically different. {Translation: he really CAN help.}

This is probably one of the simplest appetizers out there and it's such a crowd pleaser. I've tasted many versions, but I really like that this sauce doesn't just taste like bbq sauce! It's different- it's got a nice sweet, smoky favor that is just so good. 

Gameday Meatballs and Lil Smokies: Butter with a Side of Bread

Game Day Meatballs & Lil Smokies 
{in the most aMaZiNg sauce EVER!}
  • 1 package Lil Smokies
  • 25 meatballs
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce {I used Kraft Thick & Spicy Brown Sugar}
  • 1 cup chili sauce
  • 1 cup Grape Jelly
Combine sauces and jelly in a saucepan and whisk to combine. Turn heat on medium and put the lid on the pot. After about 5-8 minutes, once the sauce has heated up a bit, whisk again until smooth. Add meatballs and Lil Smokies. Turn heat down to medium-low, replace lid and cook for about 30 minutes.

You can also cook these in the crockpot: Add all ingredients and cook on medium 3-4 hours. 

Really, the meat is already cook in both instances. You're looking to defrost and heat the meatballs and help the flavors of the sauce meld. 

Serve with a side of big, manly-men watching foot ball. 
{ok, ladies, you can have these too. I love them! I even like me a little football too. Probably not for the same reasons my hubby likes it, but who really cares?!}

Gameday Meatballs and Lil Smokies: Butter with a Side of Bread

Gameday Meatballs and Lil Smokies: Butter with a Side of Bread



Gameday Meatballs and Lil Smokies: Butter with a Side of Bread
ENJOY!


13 comments:

  1. Mmmm these look so delicious. I always love little smokies and meatballs cooked like this, but haven't made them for my self yet. In your recipe you said cocktail sauce, but your picture shows chili sauce. Are those the same thing?

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  2. Are Chili sauce and cocktail sauce the same thing?

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  3. I only ask because you have cocktail sauce listed in the ingredients, but then show a picture of chili sauce. So I'm confused . . . It looks delish though!

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  4. oops! LOL- I apologize- you use CHILI sauce, not cocktail sauce! They are not the same thing! I fixed it! THANK YOU!!

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  5. Absolutely delicious! Will be making this to munch on for Academy Award Night!

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  6. I know this is good because my daughter in law makes her meatballs like this. Pinned it. Thank you for sharing.

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  7. Trying this recipe for the first time tonight !

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  8. I make this exact recipe except mine calls for jellied cranberry sauce instead of grape jelly. It adds a bit of tartness.

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  9. can you add frozen meatballs to the crockpot with the smokies??

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  10. I want to make this for our Superbowl party, but most other recipes online call for either chili sauce OR bbq sauce, but not both. Has anyone tried with both and tried with only one? I can't decide which way to go...

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    1. I have always made these meatballs with only chili sauce and the grape jelly. I have seen where a different jelly was used. I have some spicy habinaro strawberry jelly and was wondering if that would be good instead of the grape!

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