Recipe By Liane Carmen
Published Mar 5th
Prep 45m Cook 1h Additional - Ready In 1h 45m
Servings 5 dozen meatballs Calories 369.5

Get out your biggest pot! This recipes makes tons of yummy bbq meatballs – perfect for a big gathering. I always get lots of requests for this one.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup vodka
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion flakes
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 (15 ounce) package Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 (28 ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
  • 2 (14.25 ounce) cans tomato puree
  • 1 (18 ounce) bottle hickory smoke flavored barbeque sauce
  • 1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 (14 ounce) bottle ketchup
  • ½ cup vodka
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion flakes
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 In a large bowl, combine eggs, 1/2 cup vodka and Worcestershire sauce. Season with 2 tablespoons onion flakes, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix in ground beef, ground turkey and bread crumbs. Shape into meatballs, and set aside.
  2. 2 In a very large pot over medium heat, Combine crushed tomatoes, tomato puree, barbeque sauce, pineapple, brown sugar, ketchup, and 1/2 cup vodka. Season to taste with onion flakes, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer.
  3. 3 Heat a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Cook meatballs until evenly brown on all sides. Carefully place into sauce, and simmer for at least an hour.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 369.5
  • Carbohydrate 34.9 g
  • Cholesterol 87.3 mg
  • Fat 16.3 g
  • Fiber 2.3 g
  • Protein 17.3 g
  • Saturated Fat 5.8 g
  • Sodium 884.5 mg
  • Sugar 17.7 g

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links. This means that, at zero cost to you, RedCipes will earn an affiliate commission if you click through the link and finalize a purchase.


  1. I made these meatballs for a potluck at work and have been hailed the meatball queen. I did make a couple small alterations due to ingredients I had on hand. I used ground pork instead of turkey a 28-oz bottle of Sweet Baby Ray's and omitted the vodka and crushed tomatoes. I made the meatballs - Read more ...
  2. Really good and very easy! I used all turkey and omitted all of the vodka from the recipe. I also used all fresh tomatoes from my garden (instead of the canned) and cooked them together with all of the other sauce ingredients. Also, baked the meatballs in a 400 degree oven for about 40 minutes - Read more ...
  3. I have used this recipe at least 10 times now! WONDERFUL meatballs! I actually use frozen meatballs but I prepare the sauce as written (except I have usually left out the vodka) and then throw everything in a crock pot. It is sooooo good! I use Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce - our personal fave - Read more ...
  4. followed recipes completely. meatballs where mushy and sauce was too tomatoey. will not use this recipe again.
  5. At first I didn't think this recipe was that good. Though I think part of my impression was because of the bad choice in trying to pair it with cooked linguine. I intentionally made the full yield in order to have left overs. I didn't have an issue with them not cooking through enough. As - Read more ...
  6. I made these for a family reunion. I boiled the meatballs instead of frying them. It makes them less greasy is easier to do and they hold their shape better. I put them in a crock pot put the sauce over and cooked on low for 3 hours. Very yummy and I got rave reviews.
  7. We all LOVED this recipe...we did scale it down for 6 people and served it with rice...yum. We also nixed the vodka. This recipe has been requested to be a regular in our house! thx!
  8. Oh yum Liane! We really loved these. I scaled the recipe down to six and used ground turkey. Altho the meatballs would make a really nice appy which I will certainly do in the future I made them for dinner and served them over mashed potatoes. I followed the recipe however next time I won't - Read more ...
  9. I made this for my party and there was not a meatball left in the house! I only used one can of crushed tomatoes (two wouldnt fit in the pot) I made sauce first then added large 6lb bag of frozen meatballs from Costco and cooked on high for 4-5 hours then turned down to - Read more ...
  10. This was a very tasty dish although I prefer to substitute a cup and a half of uncooked rice for the bread crumbs. It's excellent served with baked beans and corn on the cob.