BBQ Bacon Meatball Bites

Just three ingredients can turn out a delectable appetizer that’s ready in minutes. Pick your favorite BBQ sauce, and you’re already halfway there.

Ingredients

 2 cups BBQ sauce
 1 lb Armanino ½ oz Gourmet Beef Meatballs, defrosted (about 32 meatballs)
 9 slices bacon
 toothpicks

Directions

1

Preheat oven to 375°F and line a sheet pan with aluminum foil.

2

Cut each piece of bacon into four pieces; first cut in half across the width then cut in half again lengthwise for long, narrow strips.

3

Place about 1 ½ cups BBQ Sauce in a medium bowl and toss the meatballs until fully coated.

4

Wrap a piece of bacon around each sauced meatball and secure with a toothpick.

5

Place the skewered meatballs on the prepared pan in a single layer.

6

Bake for 20 minutes.

7

Remove from oven, turn the meatballs to crisp the other side, baste with remaining BBQ sauce (about ½ cup).

8

Return to the oven for another 20 minutes until the bacon is crispy and the BBQ sauce is slightly caramelized and sticky.

9

Serve hot or room temperature with additional BBQ Sauce for dipping, if desired.

Chef’s Tips

  • The meatballs can be assembled and skewered up to 2 days ahead and refrigerated. The meatballs can also be cooked a few hours ahead and reheated in a 350°F oven for about 10-15 minutes.
  • The easiest way to defrost the meatballs is to refrigerate overnight but things can be sped up with the microwave. Place the meatballs in a shallow dish and start with 1 ½ minutes at 50% power. Give a stir and repeat as needed. They need to be soft enough to push a toothpick through.
  • Brushing the half-baked meatballs with BBQ sauce can be a bit tedious. If you don’t mind sticky toothpicks, place the ½ cup or so of BBQ sauce in a bowl, place half-baked meatballs in the bowl and gently toss to coat with a rubber spatula. Return to the pan in a single layer and continue baking.
  • Don’t like BBQ sauce? Try a sweet chile sauce or a thick teriyaki glaze. Scan the sauce section in your grocery store for all kinds of ideas.

Ingredients

 2 cups BBQ sauce
 1 lb Armanino ½ oz Gourmet Beef Meatballs, defrosted (about 32 meatballs)
 9 slices bacon
 toothpicks

Directions

1

Preheat oven to 375°F and line a sheet pan with aluminum foil.

2

Cut each piece of bacon into four pieces; first cut in half across the width then cut in half again lengthwise for long, narrow strips.

3

Place about 1 ½ cups BBQ Sauce in a medium bowl and toss the meatballs until fully coated.

4

Wrap a piece of bacon around each sauced meatball and secure with a toothpick.

5

Place the skewered meatballs on the prepared pan in a single layer.

6

Bake for 20 minutes.

7

Remove from oven, turn the meatballs to crisp the other side, baste with remaining BBQ sauce (about ½ cup).

8

Return to the oven for another 20 minutes until the bacon is crispy and the BBQ sauce is slightly caramelized and sticky.

9

Serve hot or room temperature with additional BBQ Sauce for dipping, if desired.

BBQ Bacon Meatball Bites

Yields10 Servings

Prep Time15 mins

Cook Time25 mins

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