Messless Meatballs

We love BBQ Meatballs, but I’m not much for squishy raw meat on my hands. Especially when I have to stop what I’m doing every two seconds or so to tend to the needs of a little person… or two… or three. 😉


I was quite pleased with myself the day I figured out that my large cookie scoop was about the same size as the meatballs I usually make. So now I “scoop and plop” my meatballs. The task gets done a lot quicker and without the mess. AND the meatballs are all the same size. Bonus!

Don't be alarmed by the "blue" under the scoop. That's my bowl scraper.

This is a 12x16 inch pan.

This is a 12x16 inch pan.

If you need a good BBQ Meatball recipe, here’s the one we love. It makes a lot. I normally put the meatballs in three 9×9 pans and freeze two pans for later use. We had company over the night I used the big pan.

BBQ Meatballs

  • 1 can (13 oz.) evaporated milk
  • 3 lbs. ground beef
  • 2 c. oatmeal
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 c. chopped onion
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. chili powder

Mix and shape into balls. Place in pan in a single layer.


  • 2 c. ketchup
  • 1 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. liquid smoke
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 c. chopped onion

Mix together and pour over meatballs. Bake at 350 for one hour. (I cover them for 30 minutes and then uncover for the last 30 minutes.)

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9 Responses

  1. My son says, “That takes away all the fun of makin’ ’em.” I however, heartily disagree. I don’t have a little scoop, but I just might have to get one. Rolling all those meatballs takes f-o-r-e-v-e-r, even with ‘help.’

    Thanks for the tip

  2. Wow thanks! I also have little ones..and thanks for the recipe I am going to try that looks yummy…Like your site

  3. mmmm!

  4. Awesome, awesome, awesome!!!! I LOVE THIS IDEA!!!!!!! And I have meatballs planned for tomorrow so I’m trying this!! Thanks for the idea 🙂

  5. You sound like my daughters. They can’t stand to touch meat.

  6. Great idea!
    Your recipe sounds great too!

  7. That scoop looks like a PC Scoop!! I have one of those! I love making meatballs with it!

    Thanks for sharing your recipe…its different than mine!

  8. This recipe sounds GREAT!!!! I think I will have to give it a try SOON!!!! I have a scoop like that…. I’m going to dig it out!
    Just found your blog and really enjoy it. We have a ton in common…. I live outside of a small town just like yours! I wouldn’t want it any other way.

  9. do you cook the meatballs before you freeze them? they look great and are on my menu for this week, but I don’t wanna make an amateur mistake! 🙂

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