BBQ Party Meatballs

Make these BBQ Party Meatballs for parties or holidays! Juicy beef meatballs tossed in a sweet & spicy BBQ sauce are perfect for appetizers!

Easy appetizers like these meatballs are always good for party planning! Some of our other favorite party appetizers are these Crock Pot Little Smokies and our new favorite, these Everything Pigs in a Blanket!

cocktail meatball recipe in a white bowl with parlsey

An Easy Cocktail Meatball Recipe

These BBQ Party Meatballs are not only easy to make, but you can make them ahead of time and even freeze them for parties! This cocktail meatball recipe makes party and holiday planning a breeze. Whip out these tasty little beef meatballs and throw a few toothpicks on the table and your friends will be entertained for hours!

We made these bbq meatballs in the oven and then tossed them with a simple sweet & spicy sauce. After making these meatballs, you can also keep them warm in a crock pot for a few hours during your party. Really, these cocktail meatballs are the perfect party food.

How To Make BBQ Party Meatballs

To make these cocktail meatballs, mix the ingredients together in a bowl and form these 2 inch round meatballs like we have here. Place them on a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for about 12-15 minutes until the meatballs are cooked through.

Remember these are small meatballs so they won’t take long to bake in the oven, just cut one in half to make sure that they are no longer pink in the middle.

bef cocktail meatballs on a baking sheet

When the meatballs come out of the oven, toss them in a sauce made from BBQ sauce, sriracha and honey. Use whatever BBQ sauce you like for this recipe, we’re adding the sweet and spicy flavors from the honey and sriracha sauce.

Love the heat? You can definitely add more sriracha or hot sauce to these meatballs! We kept it mildly spicy here so that everyone will like them, but you can spice them up as you like.

Baked meatballs with bbq sauce for appetizers

Toss the meatballs in the bbq sauce and then serve with toothpicks for grabbing. Need to keep these meatballs warm? Pour them into a slow cooker on the “warm” setting and these babies will stay hot all night!

Can You Make These Cocktail Meatballs Ahead Of Time?

Absolutely! Along those same lines of keeping these meatballs warm in a crock pot, you can make them a day or two ahead of time and then warm them up in your crock pot or oven.

To heat them up in a crock pot, start them off on high for an hour to warm them up and then turn down to the low or keep warm setting until you’re ready to serve. If you’re warming them up in the oven, add the meatballs to a baking dish and cover with foil. Heat them up in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes until they are hot.

BBQ Party Meatballs in a white bowl

Can I Make These Party Meatballs With Ground Turkey?

Totally. Ground turkey, chicken or pork would all be good options. If using ground chicken or turkey, the meatball mixture might be a little looser so just add a few more breadcrumbs to hold the meatballs together.

Cocktail meatball on a toothpick for serving

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BBQ Party Meatballs

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

These cocktail meatballs are perfect for serving at parties and on holidays! Baked, beef meatballs are tossed in a simple sweet and spicy sauce!



For The Sauce:

  • 1 cup BBQ sauce (your favorite kind)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons – 1 tablespoon sriracha

For The Meatballs:

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 package onion soup mix (2 ounce envelope)
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons of prepared sauce


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Start by making the sauce. Mix the bbq sauce, honey and sriracha together in a microwave proof bowl and set aside.

Add all the ingredients for the meatballs to a large bowl, including 2 tablespoons of the prepared sauce. Mix together to combine and form into 2 inch round meatballs, then place on a baking sheet. You should end up with about 35 meatballs.

Bake the meatball in the oven for 12-15 minutes until cooked through and no longer pink. Microwave the sauce for 90 seconds and then toss together with the warm meatballs.

Serve with toothpicks and chopped parsley for garnish. (optional)

Recipe Notes

This recipe makes about 35 cocktail meatballs.

  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: cocktail meatballs, appetizers, appetizer recipes, thanksgiving appetizers, thanksgiving recipes, holiday appetizers, beef recipes, beef meatballs, bbq meatballs


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