Tuesday, January 27, 2015

BBQ Meatball Sliders!!!


I think I now have a favorite sandwich!  This will rank in my top 5 for sure!  These little "BBQ Meatball Sliders" are perfect football food or really anytime food!  They are great with a nice bowl of homemade soup also!  The homemade meatballs are to die for and you will be surprised how easy this all is to put together. I made these start to finish in less than an hour.   Here is what you will need!

1 1/2 lbs. ground chuck or ground beef
1 egg
1 /2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs (can use plain)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
2 Tbs. milk
2 Tbs. bbq sauce (whatever your favorite is)
1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
dash of hot sauce (optional)
2 cups BBQ sauce (again whatever you prefer)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
dash hot sauce (optional)
8 slices Swiss or Provolone cheese
1 pkg. mini sub rolls (contains 8 rolls)

In a mixing bowl, combine ground chuck,  egg, Italian bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, milk, 1 Tbs. BBQ sauce, Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, black pepper, garlic powder and a dash of hot sauce.  Mix this together until everything is incorporated, but do not over mix it.  If you over mix meatballs, they get too tight and sort of come our dry and tough. 

With a cookie scoop or tablespoon scoop about 2 Tbs. for each meatball and roll into a nice round ball.  You don't want huge meatballs for these, because the buns are small and they will be hard to keep on the bun.  This should make about 16 meatballs.  Place them on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil and sprayed with a little nonstick spray.  I like to use Reynolds nonstick.   Place in a preheated 375 degree oven for 20 -25 minutes, carefully flipping them over halfway through cooking.  They do best on the top rack of the oven.


In a large skillet over medium heat combine the 2 cups barbeque sauce, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder and a dash of hot sauce if you like a little kick.  Add the cooked meatballs to the skillet, everybody in the pool,  and toss them in the sauce to coat them all over.  Bring this up to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or so covered.  This allows the sauce to thicken and really infuse the meatballs with the flavor! 
 
To make your sandwiches place two meatballs on each mini sub roll and top with a slice of cheese.  Run under the broiler in the oven or microwave to melt the cheese.  You can add whatever you like to these...onion, pickle, even some slaw would be good. 
 
This will make about 8 sandwiches this size or you can use the Kings Hawaiian Dinner rolls or Sarah Lee Dinner size rolls and only use one meatball per slider and it will make 16 smaller sliders.  If you are serving these for a party, you could also put the meatballs and sauce in a slow cooker on low and let each guest make their own slider!   These are absolutely delicious, so make plenty!!!
 

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