Crockpot BBQ Meatballs will be a family favorite. Easy recipe, cooks while you are away and has a smoky flavor the family will love.
*This post contains affiliate links. You can see our affiliate disclosure.
"Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" the old song says.
A crockpot is a girl's best friend. Hands down. Especially when you are busy and want to make a quick supper recipe. A supper like Crockpot BBQ Meatballs.
When you are a busy mom of 4 kids (or any number!), to be able to put the food in a device, walk away and have it done when you come back, that is gold, people. Okay, it's diamonds. I use my crockpot weekly, usually multiple times a week.
Easy Crockpot BBQ Meatballs
This easy, kid friendly recipe only has a handful of ingredients. The only ingredient you may not have on hand is the Liquid Smoke. Liquid Smoke is just what it sounds like. It is, well, smokey. It adds a smoke flavoring to food that is out of this world. A depth to the flavor, if you will.
To start the meatballs, you only need breadcrumbs (I like to use seasoned), tomato sauce and 2 eggs. You can use 1 1/2 to 2 pounds of ground beef.
To mix the meatball mixture, get dirty and use your hands! It is truly the best way to mix meatballs or meatloaf. It helps bind the meat together. Do, however, wash your hands well afterwards!
When you have mixed the ingredients together, roll them in balls and place in a greased crockpot.
How to make the homemade BBQ sauce
There are three ingredients in the homemade BBQ sauce. Ketchup, brown sugar and the Liquid Smoke. An easy BBQ sauce recipe that simply pours over the meatballs in the crockpot and cooks with the meat all day. The flavors soak into the meatballs. Delicious!
Crockpot BBQ Meatballs
- 2 lbs ground beef can use 1 1/2 lbs
- 4 oz tomato sauce
- 1 1/2 cups seasoned bread crumbs
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 cup ketchup
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp liquid smoke
- Place raw meat into a bowl. Add 3/4 can of tomato sauce, eggs, 1 cup bread crumbs, seasonings to taste. Mix all together with your hands. Roll mixture into 1-2 inch balls, depending on how big you like the meatballs to be.
- Place meatballs in a lightly greased crockpot
- Mix together ketchup, brown sugar, liquid smoke
- Pour over meatballs
- Cook on low heat in Crockpot for 6 hours
- Serve on bread, rice, noodles or plain