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The perfect sweet and smoky buffet meatballs. One of the easiest dishes you can prepare for a party, since the meatballs can be made ahead and the sauce has just two ingredients. Apricot jam and smoked barbeque sauce.

If you are European you might find this recipe a bit strange. If you are American I am sure you have heard of grape jelly meatballs. Well this is similar, but instead of chilli sauce I used smoked barbeque sauce and instead of grape jelly I used apricot jam. The meatballs are very easy to throw together from scratch, with simple but tasty ingredients. The result is juicy meatballs, coated in a slightly sweet and smoky sauce. If you like Chinese sweet and sour you’ll surely love these. I had them for dinner with rice, but I think that these babies would really shine as part of a party buffet, or an assortment of beer snacks and appetizers.

I’ve talked about mushy slow cooker meatballs before and how to avoid them, so check out this post for the tricks. If you are using defrosted minced meat you will have to use the microwave method as described below. If your meat was fresh you can freeze the meatballs for at least an hour and cook them from frozen. In that case I would suggest you use slightly more sauce and then just serve it on the side for dipping. This is because too much frozen food without enough warm ingredients to balance it out, might cause your stoneware to crack. A rare occurrence but one we need to be aware of. Now go plan that party to go with your meatballs.


500gr minced meat (mixed beef and pork)

1/2 small onion, minced

1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs (from stale bread)

1 egg

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper, freshly ground

1/2 tsp thyme, dried

For the sauce

4 Tbs smoked barbeque sauce

5 Tbs apricot jam

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I use Hickory Smoked Barbeque Sauce by Cottage Delight (UK brand) which is gorgeous.

Step 1

Combine all the meatball ingredients in a large bowl and mix with your hands. Don’t overmix. Shape the mixture into meatballs (small for a buffet), place them on a plate and microwave for 5 minutes on high power. Transfer them to the slow cooker.

Step 2

Mix the barbeque sauce and jam in a mug and heat in the microwave for 15 seconds till slightly runnier. Pour over the meatballs and cook on low for about 5-6 hours. Cooking time will depend on their size and your slow cooker.

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