Tuesday, January 18, 2011

BBQ Cola Meatballs in the Slow Cooker

I posted this on Our Krazy Kitchen a couple of months ago.  It is a great recipe for awesome meatballs!!

These were part of my freezer cooking day. The meatballs came together in a snap then off to the freezer until I was ready for them.  I thawed them, rolled, baked, then threw them into the crock pot. 

Then I made an incredibly easy tasty sauce to throw on them in the slow cooker.

Aren't they adorable!!  These cooked up nicely and were delicious! We ate every bit of that sauce.

Barbecue Cola Meatballs
Adapted from Between the Lines

1 1/2 lbs. ground turkey
1 1/4 cups bread crumbs (I used panko)
1 egg
1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
1 (1 oz) package dry ranch style dressing mix

3/4 cup ketchup
1/4 barbecue sauce
2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup cola
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1/2 cup green or red pepper, chopped
1 tsp. seasoning salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

In a large bowl, mix together the meatball ingredients until well blended.  Shape into meatball and place on a baking sheet.  Bake for 30 minutes at 375 turning them over half way.

Mix up the sauce ingredients in crockpot.  Remove meatballs from baking sheet and place in sauce in crock pot.  Cover and cook on low for 3 hours, then remove lid and cook for an additional 15 minutes before serving. Mine made 40 meatballs.

Total calories = 1922 calories
40 meatballs = 48 calories per meatball with sauce

7 BBQ Cola Meatballs + Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese582 calorie dinner

One Year Ago...

Chipotle Bean Burritos

Calories calculated from calorieking.com. Some numbers are approximate and rounded.


  1. I remember when you made these... I had made a mental note to try them, and then I forgot. Thanks for the reminder!

  2. I can't wait to try this recipe!!!! They look super tasty!!! I have meatballs in the freezer too, but since we just had swedish meatballs this week, I'll wait a week or two to try these!


    Under the Big Oak Tree

  3. This sounds good! When my sister and I catered a wedding this summer we grille chicken. The butcher told us to add come cocoa cola to the BBQ sauce, and it would help the sauce stick to the meat and add a bit of flavor that everyone would enjoy. And everyone did, these sound so delicious.

  4. looks very very delicious! love using cola and sprite in my recipes ;)

  5. I am so making these. They look amazing.

  6. These meatballs look mouthwatering and the cola sauce...that just sounds great!

  7. This sounds good to me I must give it a try. Thanks Diane

  8. Cola bbq sauce, eh? i'm intrigued. And I love that this is a freezer meal! If only I had meatballs in my freezer. If. Only.

  9. This sauce sounds interesting. I am sure this goes well with other meat.

  10. i havent toyed with the cola sauce in a while. Might be time for a revisit!

  11. I made something with coke, either a roast or maybe meatballs. I have forgotten all about them, until you reminded me with this interesting recipe. Thanks, as usual Debbie.

  12. The link is up on Dining With Debbie! I have no clue as to why it disappeared:( Come share.

  13. Cola in the sauce??? Cool!!! Thanks for posting. Have a good rest of the week.

  14. I have never made meatballs. Okay, I have never made a lot of things:( But this sounds like something my teen might actually eat.

  15. Yum! These sound so tasty...love all those ingredients :D

  16. These just sound amazing:) Yum!

  17. I tried these last night and was super pleased. I used Coke Zero to cut back on the calories.

  18. Thanks for a great recipe.. I am making these now!

  19. I love the addition of the ranch dressing packet! I'm putting this on our meal plan for January.