Balsamic BBQ Meatballs

DF, GF

I recently made a homemade batch of bbq sauce and realized how much better it is than anything you can buy in stores.  So naturally I’ve added it to a lot of things like BBQ Turkey Meatloaf.  Meatballs are great, but like anything else that you eat a lot you have to find different ways to make them, so why not add some bbq sauce?  It was probably the best decision I made this week; do the same and I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Food 118

Balsamic BBQ Meatballs (makes 15-17 meatballs)

For the Meatballs:
1.25 lb ground beef
1 egg
1/2 c warm water
2/3 c italian seasoned panko bread crumbs (or 3/4 c cooked quinoa if gluten-free)
3 sprigs of thyme
salt and pepper

For the Balsamic BBQ Sauce:
1/2 c onion
1 garlic clove, minced
2 c ketchup
1/4 c apple cider vinegar
1 tbs worcestershire sauce (make sure label says gluten-free)
2 tbs molasses
2 tbs brown sugar
1/2 c balsamic vinegar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large saute pan heat olive oil over medium heat.  Add onions and garlic and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.  Add the rest of the ingredients for the balsamic bbq sauce and bring to a simmer.  Let sauce reduce for 20 minutes.

Dump all ingredient for the meatballs into a bowl and fold together with your hands until just combined.  Spray a large baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. form meat into 1.5 inch balls (should make between 15 and 17). Bake for 20 minutes, then place meatballs in simmering balsamic bbq sauce and cook for another 10 minutes.

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