Make these Easy BBQ Meatballs in mere minutes with this simple 3-ingredient recipe!

Using frozen meatballs, barbecue sauce and apricot jam, these easy meatballs are sweet, tangy and so delicious. They taste like they’ve been slow cooked in a gourmet-level sauce that took hours to make. No one will know the secret, and no one will be able to resist these tasty bite sized morsels!

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Easy BBQ Meatball Recipe!

  • This is the best bbq meatball recipe because it’s has just 3 ingredients, 2 steps, and 1 pan! What’s not to love?
  • Bbq meatballs make a quick and delicious appetizer in less than 10 minutes. Perfect for last-minute parties and hungry guests!
  • Cook these tasty morsels on the stovetop, then keep warm in a Crockpot so guests can help themselves.
  • Thread meatballs on skewers for a portable snack. Or set out a tray of toasted buns and shredded mozzarella cheese to make mini meatball sliders!

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3 Ingredient Recipe

BBQ meatballs are super easy to make, with just three items to shop for and cook!

MEATBALLS: Frozen meatballs can be added directly to the saucepan! All-beef or a beef and pork blend will do. Even chicken, turkey, and plant-based meatballs can be used in this recipe!

SAUCE: With so many varieties of bbq sauce, you can make more than one flavor for an appetizer platter! A sweet and sour, honey bbq, mesquite smoked, even a tangy buffalo sauce are all great flavors! Or create your own homemade blend! Make different bbq meatballs and thread them on wooden skewers for a portable appetizer!

VARIATIONS: Instead of apricot jam, try grape jelly, orange marmalade. Or pour in a bit of Dr. Pepper, root beer, or cola for a sweet flavor to pair with the bbq sauce.

How to make BBQ Meatballs

Just a couple of steps is all it takes to make these juicy and delicious meatballs.

  1. Simmer jam and bbq sauce in a saucepan and add meatballs (as per recipe below).
  2. Cook until heated through and serve.

PRO TIP: Keep cooked meatballs warm in the oven and place them under the broiler just before serving.

Optional garnishes include bacon bits, chopped parsley, sliced green onions, or sesame seeds.

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Recipe Tips & Tricks!

Here are some ideas for no-fail meatballs every time.

  • Keep leftover easy bbq meatballs and sauce together in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Reheat meatballs on the stovetop over low heat, or just eat them cold. Either way they are delish! 
  • Freeze fully cooled meatballs in a zippered bag up to 4 weeks and reheat from frozen in a sauce pan with a little water to loosen the sauce.

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Other Easy Meatball Recipes!

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Easy BBQ Meatballs

Make this BBQ meatball recipe when a quick appetizer or entree is needed! And with just 3 ingredients, this recipe could not be more easy!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly



  • 1 pound meatballs frozen
  • cup BBQ sauce
  • ¼ cup apricot jam


  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, whisk together jam and BBQ sauce and bring to a simmer.
  • Add meatballs to the sauce and turn to low, cooking meatballs until heated through, about 10-12 minutes.


  • Refrigerate leftovers in a covered container for up to 4 days. Or freeze fully cooled meatballs in a zippered bag for up to 4 weeks. 
  • Reheat meatballs from frozen, or thawed, on the stovetop over low heat, or covered with foil in the oven. In either case, add a little water to help loosen the sauce.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 416kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 560mg | Potassium: 447mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American

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