Holiday Cocktail Meatballs

By • September 18, 2011 6 Comments

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Author Notes: My brother is coming up for a visit in a couple of weeks..I haven't seen him in over two years..and I've been going over some of his favorites from my collection. We'll have a family get-together while he's here so there will be lots of appetizers and good food. I seem to remember that this is one of his favorites which I adapted from a recipe of a good friend and which is always on the appetizer table at Christmas.
The meatballs and sauce can be made ahead and frozen separately for the busy holiday season. Easy, easy to make, but so delicious!! So...grab your toothpicks and spear a few!

Serves a crowd

  • 3 pounds bulk pork hot sausage
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground dried ginger powder
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  1. Shape the meat into one inch meatballs and bake at 350F for 20 to 25 minutes.
  2. Combine the ketchup, brown sugar, ground ginger, soy sauce and red wine vinegar and heat to boiling. ( At this point you can cool the meatballs and sauce separately and freeze ).
  3. To serve: Gently heat ( or reheat thawed sauce and meat) the meatballs combined with the sauce until hot in a medium saucepan on top of the stove.

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almost 4 years ago susan g

I'm hoping this will bring back a similar dish my mother made for family parties. I think I remember grape jelly going in, but this looks too good to pass up, IPK.


almost 4 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks susan g!! It's a nice twist...Hope you enjoy if you try it


almost 4 years ago WileyP

Susan, I believe the recipe for that other sauce is simply a 1:1 ratio of tomato-based cocktail sauce and either grape jelly or cranberry sauce, and is a good enough sauce. I'm making appetizers for 50-60 people on Saturday and I think I'll use this one. It sounds like inpatskitchen has moved cocktail meatballs into a higher bracket!


almost 4 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks Wiley P....this does go beyond grape jelly and chili sauce. If you do make these, please let me know what you think.


almost 4 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.



almost 4 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks sdebrango! They really are delicious!