Barbecue Meatballs in the Oven

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Today I am sharing another family favorite recipe. I love making these barbeque meatballs using ground pork and ground beef and baking them in the oven. It makes this meal delicious and easy for any home cook to make. And your family is going to love these baked bbq meatballs!

One thing I love about making these barbeque meatballs is that you can make the meatballs whatever size you would like. Our family prefers bigger meatballs, but you can also make them smaller. I also used a combination of ground pork and ground beef in these baked meatballs, but again you can use whatever ground meat you have on hand.

homemade bbq meatballs with bbq sauce

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Tools You Will Need

Large Mixing Bowl

Measuring Cups and Spoons

Cutting Board


Baking Sheets

Parchment Paper

Meat Thermometer

How to Make Baked BBQ Meatballs

Combine all ingredients (the mixture will be soft) and shape into desired size. Walnut-sized balls are recommended, but I prefer the size of a clementine.

Line your baking pans with parchment paper, and place meatballs in a single layer.

Place meatballs in oven and bake.

Using a meat thermometer, check the meatball temp to ensure doneness.

baked meatballs with potatoes, green beans, and homemade bread roll

Mix sauce and spoon onto meatballs.

Bake for a few more minutes to heat sauce.

Remove from oven and enjoy when hot!

homemade meatballs with bbq sauce on top

Can you Freeze Meatballs?

Yes, you can freeze meatballs. I usually keep a dinner’s worth (plus a few extra for a meatball sandwich for leftovers!) and freeze the rest of the meatballs for another meal. I prefer to freeze the cooked meatballs without sauce and will add them when I reheat at a later date.

Here is my sandwich bread recipe to make an excellent meatball sandwich for lunch the next day!

bbq meatballs with bbq sauce.  Red potatoes, bread roll, and green beans on the side

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homemade meatballs with bbq sauce on top

BBQ Meatballs in the Oven

Delicious BBQ Meatballs made in the oven
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 40 -80 meatballs


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 12 oz can evaporated milk
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 cup cracker crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions or dried onions
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce optional
  • 1 cup bbq sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup


  • Mix all ingredients (mixture will be soft) and shape into walnut-size balls up to small clementine-size balls
  • Place meatballs on parchment paper lined baking sheet in a single layer
  • Bake 350º F 40-60 minutes
  • Check the temperature of meatballs in a thermometer to ensure doneness.
  • Mix Sauce and spoon onto meatballs
  • Bake for another 5-10 minutes to heat sauce on meatballs


I freeze the baked meatballs to reheat at another time. I usually freeze in ziplock bags the amount I will need for each meal.
I will also use slice leftover meatballs, to make meatball sandwiches. An excellent way to use leftovers!
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