Make Ahead

"Oh no, you didn't"--"Yes, I did Meatballs"

August  9, 2010
3 Ratings
  • Serves 24
Author Notes

So, please-stay with me here. I know the ingredients are a bit unorthodox, but if you try these, I promise, you will not beleive they were so easy. At every holiday party, I try new recipes, and inventive foods to taste. Also, ever year mom will make these-and they will be the hit. I don't know why-or how, but they are the facts. - slulibby —slulibby

Test Kitchen Notes

A little sweet, a little tangy, a touch of spice and a lot of flavor—the unorthodox sauce is the perfect match for the tender meatballs. Actually it would be great for any meat; diners at my table have enjoyed the sauce with her meatballs, with lamb sliders, with roasted chicken—and there was even talk about how fantastic it would be with ribs. This is a delicious secret worth sharing! - gingerroot —The Editors

What You'll Need
  • "Oh no you didn't Sauce"
  • 24 ounces chili sauce
  • 12 ounces grape jelly
  • 1 tablespoon stone ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • Meatballs
  • 1/2 cup white bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 pound ground chuck
  • 1/2 pound loose pork sausage
  • 1 egg-beaten
  • 1 tablespoon flat leaf parstley
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  1. "Oh no you didn't Sauce"
  2. In a sauce pan, heat the chili sauce, jelly, mustard and pepper sauce.
  1. Meatballs
  2. Heat the oven 350.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the beef, sausage, egg, parstle, pepper and salt. Stir on the bread crumbs to combine.
  4. Gently form 1 inch meatballs.
  5. Bake for 20-30 minutes until cooked through.
  6. Place browned meatballs in sauce mixture and simmer, uncovered for 30 minutes. Serve hot.
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  • Sawyerem
  • slulibby
  • mtrelaun
  • lapadia
  • Sagegreen

20 Reviews

Sawyerem February 7, 2011
Made this last night using my own tried and true meatball recipe but making the meatballs one bite size and using this sauce and can I say my 5 year old said the little wee meatballs were her favorite food on the planet!! The whole planet!! Thanks for the recipe.
slulibby February 7, 2011
yey! that warms my whole glad she enjoyed them!
slulibby August 13, 2010
Can I just say that this web site is the greatest? I love that -not only can people share new recipes and ideas, but they aren't gourmand snobs! That is what makes this so much fun!
Sagegreen August 15, 2010
You are so right! I believe you about this recipe, too.
mtrelaun August 13, 2010
This recipe is almost too nutty not to try! Can you explain what kind of chili sauce you use? Is it more of a sriracha-type sauce, or a Mexican salsa brava type?
slulibby August 13, 2010
I know, this sounds ridicules-but my personal preference is old school Heinz Chili Sauce. However, I mean any tomato-based sauce with some chile-like ingredient — either chiles or chili powder, onion, vinegar, and spices.
slulibby August 13, 2010
also-as you probably noticed I meant ridiculous....ah, friday.
lapadia August 11, 2010
In answer to your reply...yes, people have always liked this style recipe! note...I always hit the "reply to this" button, when replying to a reply and it always starts a new comment, have no clue why it doesn't continue I see others doing?!@#^*
Lizthechef August 11, 2010
It makes me feel so much better to know others struggle sometimes too with all this! Cooking I can do, computer/typing is a constant struggle ;)
Sagegreen August 10, 2010
I love your style!!!
Sagegreen August 10, 2010
And your mom's style, too.
slulibby August 11, 2010
Thanks, and i liked your stuffed meatball idea. I have seen this attempted in the past, but never with such pretty results!
JoanG August 10, 2010
What a fun recipe!
slulibby August 10, 2010
Thanks- I love it, but I can not take full credit for these--they originated with my mom.
lapadia August 9, 2010
I have a similar recipe, is a very tasty one. Love the name!
slulibby August 10, 2010
Do you find that poeple always like the recipe?
Lizthechef August 9, 2010
I have been waiting for a version of this - with the grape jelly - these are delicious and timeless!
slulibby August 9, 2010
Ah, you know this recipe too! Its insane, the recipe reads like it would be a bit off-putting, but people are always asking for the recipe. Its "almost" a little embarrassing to have to hand over a recipe with chili sauce and jelly, but its really good, so I won't be a food snob about it! :)
nannydeb August 9, 2010
I used to work at a restaurant that served a black cherry jelly/mustard sauce with fried shrimp and it was wonderful. I bet this is good too!
slulibby August 9, 2010
This sounds like its the same principle, and yes, its strange, but good.