I spent most of the time making these meatballs brainstorming ideas for what to call them--I tried for an acronym to explain that they have turkey, beef, and sweet potato, but tbst bbq meatballs looks like a typo. "Best meatballs ever" was pretty lame (and also taken, I'm sure) and "OMG BBQ Meatballs" was just a little...much. I need an intern, folks. We're hiring (free labor, that is). These meatballs are the bomb. Are people still saying that? I'm saying that. I made them for some friends last weekend and they were delicious, crowd-pleasing, and easy to throw together, and they're even better leftover. Which is good, because this recipe makes a ton. But they only last about three days in our house, company or not. And they even have a vegetable in them! What more can I say. They win all the things. Except the pretty prize, because meatballs just aren't that good looking. Sorry, meatballs, you can't win 'em all.
Ingredients (makes about 50 ping-pong-ball-sized meatballs)
1.3 lbs of ground beef
1.2 lbs of ground turkey
1 large sweet potato, cooked with skin removed (I cooked mine in the microwave)
heaping 1/2 cup almond meal
3 tbs onion flakes
2 tbs dried parsley
about a bottle of your favorite Whole 30 bbq sauce (see below for mine)
1. Preheat your oven to to 350F. Mix almond meal, parsley, and onion flakes together in a large bowl, breaking up any clumps in the almond meal.
2. Add all of the other ingredients, except for the barbecue sauce, to the bowl. Take off your rings, if you wear them, because picking raw meat out of the crevices of your jewelry is not great.
3. Mash everything up really well with your hands, turning and folding and mixing until it's all evenly mixed together. If you have any big chunks of sweet potato, break those up with your fingers.
Raw meat is just....not photogenic. But it should look like that.
4. Put some tin foil down on a large baking sheet, and start rollin' meatballs. Shoot for meatballs that are about the size of a ping pong ball, and try to keep them all about the same size so they cook evenly.
5. Drizzle your favorite compliant barbecue sauce over the top. You can make your own Whole 30 barbecue sauce, but if you're like me ("thx-but-no-thx to making my own anything sauce") you can buy Tessemae's barbecue sauce on Amazon and call it a day.
6. Bake the meatballs for 25 minutes. Eat one bajillion of them. Lay on couch with meatball belly.
If you don't want to take my word for it, Chewy would also like to vouch for these meatballs--one fell on the floor when I was moving them to a plate and he inhaled it, and then spent the rest of the evening like this begging for more.
I mean, balls of meat--amiright??
I hope you all had the most wonderful holiday weekends. I'm sorry it's over. Allow me to comfort you with about twenty of these meatballs.