Barbecue Bacon Meatballs Recipe

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BBQ bacon meatballs

BBQ Meatballs with Bacon

These BBQ Bacon Meatballs are great for an appetizer at a party or as a main dish entree served over noodles or rice. Perfect for any family gathering, party, or football game.

slow cooker bbq meatballs ingredients

Homemade vs. Store-Bought Meatballs

You can make your own meatballs using the recipe below or pick up the frozen meatballs from Costco. Both options heat up great in the slow cooker.

Note that it is a little more frugal and often a little more healthy to make your own meatballs. On the other hand, sometimes your time is worth it to pay a little extra for pre-made frozen meatballs. 😉

bbq meatballs on pan

Save Some for Later!

It is easy to freeze homemade meatballs, so feel free to double or triple the meatball recipe and freeze the extras for later. More info on how to freeze them can be found below.

homemade bbq sauce for meatballs

How to Make the Homemade BBQ Sauce

The meatball BBQ sauce is really quick and easy. It just takes a few ingredients that you probably already have on hand – BBQ sauce, ketchup, mustard, garlic, and brown sugar.

Obviously, the flavor of the sauce will depend greatly on the BBQ sauce you choose. So use a sauce that you like or make your own BBQ sauce! If the sauce is already sweet, you may want to omit or reduce the brown sugar, or maybe not. You decide. 🙂

Homemade BBQ bacon meatballs appetizer

Freezing the Meatballs:

These meatballs freeze well, so you can prepare the meatballs ahead of time and have less prep on the day of the party.

To start, simply place the baked meatballs on a baking sheet. I like to line the cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper to prevent sticking. Then freeze them in your freezer.

When they are frozen you can transfer them to a freezer bag and freeze for later.

To reheat, simply let them thaw in the refrigerator and then you can microwave them for 2-3 minutes, or heat them on the stove or in a slow cooker. It does not take long because they are already fully cooked!

Learn more about freezing dinner for later.

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Barbecue Bacon Meatballs Recipe

Delicious BBQ meatballs with bacon pieces and homemade sauce.
4.67 / 5 ( 3 Reviews )
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Serves: 5
Adjust Servings: 5





  • Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C. In a medium bowl, combine all meatball ingredients. Form into balls and place on a baking sheet.
  • Bake about 20 minutes, until cooked through. Internal temperature should be 160 degrees F. If preparing meatballs for later, let cool, then freeze. Once frozen, transfer meatballs to a freezer bag and store in freezer.
  • Combine sauce ingredients.
  • Add meatballs and cooked bacon pieces to a slow cooker. Cover with sauce and warm for a party. If meatballs are frozen, plan on about 4 hours in the slow cooker, stirring occasionally. Or heat the sauce in a small saucepan on the stove top and serve immediately with the freshly-baked warm meatballs.

Recipe Notes

If you are pressed for time you can buy the homemade Italian Style Meatballs from Costco, about 28 ounces.


Calories: 530kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 26g | Sodium: 1587mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 34g
Ingredients: Bacon, BBQ Sauce, Beef, Brown Sugar, Egg, Garlic, Ketchup, Milk, Mustard, Oats, Onion, Pepper, Salt, Worcestershire
Meal Type: Appetizers and Snacks, Side Dish, New Year's Eve, Super Bowl Party
Categories: Finger Food and Dips, Meat and Poultry, Make Ahead/Freezer Meal, Oven, Slow Cooker

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