This recipe is an oldie (for me) but goodie! A lady that used to work in the office down the hall from me made this recipe regularly for pot lucks and parties. I got it from her in 1997 and have made it many times myself, but as I was looking through my recipe book, I realized that it had been a long time since I had used it. The name is a little misleading…these really aren’t barbecued, but they are baked in a delicious sauce that looks like barbecue sauce. If you want more of the barbecue flavor, I think you could add a little liquid smoke to the sauce and it would help with that. These are pretty good as is though!
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 egg white
1 lb lean ground beef
2 tbsp seasoned dry bread crumbs
1/2 tsp dried minced garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup jellied cranberry sauce
1/2 cup orange marmalade
3 tbsp ketchup
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp Worcestshire sauce
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine onion, egg white, beef, bread crumbs, minced garlic and salt together in a bowl. Form mixture into 2 inch meatballs and place in a single layer in a 13×9” baking dish.
Bake for 10 minutes. While the meatballs are cooking, combine the remaining ingredients to prepare the sauce.
Pour the sauce over the meatballs and continue cooking for an additional twenty minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through. These are great with noodles or dirty rice. They are also good served with roasted potatoes and salad or as meatball hoagies.