Bacon-Onion Barbecue Meatballs

“We are having a pot luck”. Those dreaded words from a co-worker. It means coming up with something that can be made in advance – or at the very least started in advance, that can be easily transported and that will satisfy a crowd.

jan 2013 024You know me, and my usual standby – deviled eggs. Deviled eggs transport easily – can be dressed up for an awesome presentation and most people like them. Frankly, I was growing tired of being the Queen of the deviled egg platter. Besides, making fancy deviled eggs takes time. (Check out my The Deviled Egg You Say! if you need some ideas in that department). Another reason I chose to skip the deviled eggs is because I plan to experiment with deviled quail eggs and caviar in the very near future – something for another occasion, not a big office party.

Meatballs are another sure crowd pleaser. I’ve already done my Teriyaki Meatballs – Crock Pot Style for the gang at work. It was another of those been there, done that recipes. When I got up this morning, I knew I was going to make Barbecue Meatballs. The plan was to throw frozen meatballs into a crock pot along with a bottle of barbecue sauce and call it a day. Then it struck me – why not go beyond the quick slam it through rendition of barbecue meatballs? Some bacon in the sauce would be nice. Oh, and sweet onions . . . now we’re talking . . .

Bacon-Onion Barbecue Meatballs
3 Slices Smoked Bacon, chopped
1/4 Onion, chopped
40 Frozen Meatballs
1 Bottle Sweet Baby Ray’s Hickory Honey Barbecue Sauce

Lay 3 slices of bacon in a stack. Using a sharp knife, slice bacon lengthwise into four strips. Cut strips width-wise to create chopped bacon bits.

Heat a dutch oven over medium heat. Crumble bacon and saute in dutch oven until almost crisp. While bacon is frying, chop onion. Toss onion into dutch oven with bacon and continue to fry until bacon is crisp and onions are nicely browned in bacon grease.

Place frozen meatballs into dutch oven. Using a large spoon, stir the pot to incorporate the meatballs with the bacon and onion.

Pour the barbecue sauce over meatball mixture, stir well. Heat over medium-low heat until the barbecue sauce just begins to bubble. Transfer everything into a crock pot. (If taking this to a pot luck or other function, now would be the time to pack it up for transportation).

Set crock pot to HIGH heat for about an hour or so, until the meatballs are heated through. Turn crock pot to LOW and continue to simmer until ready to serve, stirring occasionally.

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