Tailgate Meatballs with barbecue sauce are made for traveling, so if you need a recipe that can go to the big game, this is it! They're easy, tasty, and perfect for tailgate parties or game day!
Are You Ready to Party?
Football season is so much fun! Down south, it's like our new year begins with football. We might as well make our calendar run from August to February, because everything in-between pales in comparison.
It's time for some Tailgate Meatballs! These delicious little appetizers are everyone's favorite tailgate treats. They're easy to make from scratch, and taste amazing at all types of parties, or as an entree served over rice at your dinner table!
Why This Recipe is Special
I really get excited when the weather starts to change and football games appear on television. It reminds me of my father, who coached our high school football team for many years. Go Big Blue!
Dad used to take me to practice with him when I was just a kid. He'd open the concession stand and put me in charge of organizing the water station for the football team during breaks.
I've made about a million meatballs in my life...for everything from weddings to tailgates and in-between. They're so much better than the frozen kind, and only take a few minutes from start to finish!
How to Make Tailgate Meatballs
Making these meatballs couldn't be easier. All you do is mix lean ground beef with bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, dried onions, egg, and seasonings.
The fun begins when you get your hands in there and start making the meatballs. Roll them with a melon scooper, then place them on a sheet pan, (ad) and bake at 350 degrees for just 15 minutes.
That's it! No turning, no browning, no mess. So easy!
To Sauce or Not to Sauce?
The only hard part is trying to decide what sauce to add. I've tried marinara, sweet and sour, barbecue, thai, and grape jelly from the 50's (remember that?)
Once you make up your mind, simply add a bottle of your favorite sauce (ad) and simmer the meatballs in a cast iron skillet (ad) or crockpot (ad) until ready to serve. Can't decide? Mix a bunch of sauces together to create your own.
Happy Football Season! Bring out the toothpicks....and watch these meatballs disappear.
Yes! These meatballs freeze well after they've been cooked. You can freeze them before or after adding the sauce for up to 3 months in an airtight container.
The best way to reheat meatballs is to place them in a skillet on the stove over medium low heat. Cover and stir frequently until warmed throughout. You can also use a slow cooker or crock pot.
More Tailgate Recipes
If you're looking for more Game Day Recipes, try these ideas that are sure to please!
- Spinach Artichoke Dip
- Southern Fried Green Tomatoes
- Triple Dip Snack Board
- Fried Chicken Wings
- Cheesy Meatball Sliders
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