Barbecued Meatballs with Rice

These tangy meatballs are just wonderful cooked with a flavorful homemade barbecue sauce and served over hot rice.

Serves: 8Hands-on: 45 minutesTotal: 1 hour 30 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 8


  • 1 lb. ground beef round or sirloin
  • 1 lb. mild bulk pork sausage
  • 1⁄3 cup minced white onion
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1⁄2 cup fine dry bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1⁄4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1⁄2 tsp. dried sage, crumbled
  • 1⁄4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 1⁄2 cups ketchup
  • 1⁄3 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 cups hot cooked long-grain white rice


  • In a large bowl, combine ground beef, sausage, onion, eggs, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, sage, and garlic powder.
  • Shape meat into 1 1⁄2-inch meatballs. Put half of the meatballs in a large, nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Cook meatballs slowly, carefully turning to brown all sides. This will take about 12 to 18 minutes for each batch. Pour off excess fat.
  • In a small bowl, combine ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, and soy sauce; mix until well blended. Transfer meatballs to a large, heavy saucepan or Dutch oven. Pour sauce over meatballs, mixing gently.
  • Cover and simmer for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep meatballs coated, until meatballs are cooked through. Serve meatballs over rice.