I may have a slight obsession with meatballs…but can you blame me? I have yet to meet a meatball I didn’t like.
Meatballs are easy to make. You can mix & match ingredients and know it’s always gonna taste good. My favorite part about making home-made meatballs — they bake fast and clean up is easy as long as you remember to line your baking sheet with tin foil. (please don’t forget this step!)
I made BBQ Meatball Sliders for dinner the other night, but sliders are the perfect party sized snack! All of the prep work can be done before guests arrive and the meatballs go under the broiler for just 12 minutes.. so they’re super quick to pass around when guests are getting hungry. Not to mention, I’m sure you’ll get a lot of enthusiastic “oohs and aahs” when offering this slider to party goers. Let’s give two scenarios – The Everyday Slider vs. BBQ Meatball Slider.
You – “Hi Uncle Bob. Would you like to try this slider?”
Uncle Bob – “Oh sure. Thanks.”
You – “Hi Uncle Bob. Would you like to try a BBQ Meatball Slider.”
Uncle Bob – “BBQ Meatball Slider??!! I love meatballs! Ooohh my!”
Obviously, scenario #2 will generate the praise every party host wants and you can be happy you’ve made an amazing party snack people will talk about for years. Ok, “for year”s might be slightly over exaggerated but I’m sure you’ll get requests to make BBQ Meatball Sliders again.
Or you can be like me and eat BBQ Meatball Sliders on a random Monday just because they taste good.
BBQ Meatball Sliders, makes 12 meatballs
For the meatballs:
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1/2 onion, cut into wedges
- 1/2 cup parsley
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 tbsp milk
- 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 egg
- Salt & Pepper
- 2 cups shredded cabbage mix
- 4 scallions, sliced
- 2 tbsp mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/8 tsp celery seed
- Salt & Pepper
- Cooking Spray
- You favorite BBQ Sauce
- 12 dinner rolls or slider buns (I used Hawaiian Bread Dinner Rolls. Perfect size for a slider!)
For the Meatballs:
- Combine the bread, onion, parsley, and garlic in a food processor; pulse until finely chopped. Transfer to a medium bowl, add the milk and Worcestershire, and let stand for 5 minutes.
- Add the beef, eggs, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper and gently combine. Form into 12 meatballs (about 1.5 tablespoons each)
- To cook immediately: Place the meatballs on foil-lined baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Broil for 10-12 minutes, or until no longer pink.
For the Coleslaw:
- Toss the cabbage and scallions with the mayonnaise, cider vinegar, and celery seed; season with ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Set aside.
When you’re ready to assemble the slider, place meatball on the slider bun and top with BBQ sauce & coleslaw.
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