Meatballs in Barbecue Sauce

When it’s cold and grey outdoors my oven bbq recipe for meatballs in barbecue sauce. It'll will warm the cockles of your heart!

Oven prepared meatballs in barbecue sauce

This barbecue meatballs recipe really makes for a top notch meaty taste and is coupled with what can only be described as the classic barbecue sauce recipe.

If it’s not possible to get the BBQ out then this will make for a great alternative.

TIP - A nice spicy wine is required to compliment the flavours – I always go for a Shiraz.

Serves:- 4 people

Preparation Time:- 30 minutes
Cooking Time:- 60 minutes

Total Time:- 1 hour 30 minutes


There is gluten in the sausage meat, breadcrumbs and flour. The sauce also contains mustard, fish and gluten again, the latter two allergens are to be found in the Worcestershire sauce.


  • 450g or 1lb lean minced beef
  • 225g or ½lb good pork sausage meat
  • 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • 1 small red pepper finely chopped
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • Handful flat leaf parsley chopped
  • Handful basil chopped
  • 1tablespoon tomato purée (paste)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Flour for coating the barbecue meatballs and oil for frying

For the sauce

  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 50g or 2oz light brown sugar
  • 1 heaped teaspoon English mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato purée (paste)
  • 300ml or ½ pint water
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper


Pre-heat the oven to 180°C, 350°F or gas mark 4.

Throw all the meatball ingredients into a mixing bowl and set to it with your hands to thoroughly mix everything together. Don’t be afraid to get your fingers in and really give it a good scrunch!

Once mixed form your meatballs ready for flouring and frying.

Roll the meatballs in the flour and move them around in the frying pan until browned all over. When done, set to one side.

For the barbecue sauce recipe, fry the onion in the oil for 3-4 minutes until translucent, then add the tomato purée and fry for another minute. Then add the remainder of the ingredients and stir until thoroughly mixed.

Transfer the barbecue meatballs to a casserole, pour over the barbecue sauce and place in the oven for 60 minutes.

When the time is up, remove from the oven and garnish with a little extra chopped flat leaf parsley.

Related Pages:

Great Tasting Oven Recipes
Crock Pot BBQ Meatballs Recipe
Essential Tip For Peeling Garlic

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