Great appetizer for a Super Bowl party!

(Always read the recipe twice, assemble, and prepare your ingredients before you begin to cook)

3 lbs. frozen cooked mini beef meatballs, thawed (approximately 70 mini meatballs)
36 oz. of your favorite honey BBQ sauce
1 tbsp. honey
2 tbsps. finely chopped/minced garlic (about 8 cloves)

You’ll need a 16-18 cup (4 to 4 ½ quart) crock pot for this recipe

  • Either spray the interior of the crock pot with non-stick cooking spray or place a crock pot liner inside the ceramic bowl
  • Add the thawed meatballs to the crock pot and set aside
  • In a medium bowl, mix the barbeque sauce, honey, and garlic
  • Pour the mixture on top of the meatballs and stir to coat them
  • Cover and cook on HIGH for 2 ½ to 3 hours
  • Stir before serving so all the meatballs are evenly coated with the sauce mixture
  • Serves a crowd as an appetizer right from the crock pot – have your guests use long wooden or metal skewers to retrieve the meatballs
  • If you wish to serve as a main meal, serve these meatballs over creamy mashed potatoes with a vegetable such as broccoli on the side

Notes:

  • tbsp. means tablespoon – always use a measuring spoon not a piece of silverware
  • Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey BBQ sauce is a good choice but any will do
  • Any brand of mini meatballs will do but be sure that they are the “Italian” style
  • What’s the difference between chopped and minced items such as garlic? Mince is simply a cook’s way to say, “cut your food ingredient into very small, fine pieces.” Minced foods are cut much smaller than chopped foods. Mince ingredients when you want to them to closely bond with the other ingredients in the dish, adding more flavor than chewable substance. In fact, mincing is often used with flavoring ingredients such as fresh herbs, garlic, ginger, and celery because it more evenly distributes flavor.  I love my Joseph & Joseph Garlic Rocker to mince garlic!
  • For easy clean up when using a crock pot (also known as a slow cooker), use a slow cooker liner specifically made for these units. When done eating your crock pot meal and putting away any leftovers, simply cool the unit completely, remove the liner, and toss it in the garbage.  No soaking and no scrubbing that ceramic container!  Reynolds makes these liners as probably do other companies and can usually be found in the aisle with aluminum foils, plastic wrap, storage bags, and freezer bags.  NEVER use any other type of plastic bag in your crock pot!

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Carol was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Jefferson Township with her husband in 1976. She initially joined the Garden Club of Milton, eventually serving as President. She was a co-founder of the ABC Mothers Group, active in the local PTAs, Girl Scouts, and Cub Scouts. She worked for AIM Newspapers as a reporter and eventually became its Editor. Currently, she is President of the Jefferson Arts Committee and the Recreation Program Coordinator in the Jefferson Township Recreation Department. She can be reached at carol.punturieri@thejeffersonchronicle.com.

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