Monday, May 25, 2009

Barbecued Meatball Skewers

Oh My Goodness!!! This is hands-down the best meal we've had in a long time. It's outstanding. You MUST try this! I found the original recipe in the newest edition of the Kraft Food & Family magazine, but made a few changes. It was misnamed sweet-and-sour meatball skewers. Yes, it does have a little sweetness to it, but not sour. I think that name leads you to believe it to have an Asian taste, but it absolutely doesn't. It tastes like wonderful, smokey barbecue with just the right amount of sweetness given by the apricot preserves. The frozen meatballs make it a cinch to make. The hardest part is cutting the onion and pepper... and that's just so hard :P My kids loved this. I have redeemed my new-recipe-trying-self with my husband. I think I could eat this every meal. My husband did the sweetest thing at the dinner table. The last skewer was setting on the plate. We were both eyeing it. I was ready to stab him with my fork if he touched it when he asked if I wanted to split it. I didn't really want to split it, but I guess half was better than none :) I'm not ashamed to admit I'm a humongous pig! You need to add these to your grocery list immediately. Enjoy... we did :)
I had to share this picture with you of Chase. Is that not the goofiest, I'm in love with my tractor face ever? He would be content riding his tractor all day long doing his "farm work".
BARBECUED MEATBALL SKEWERS
32 frozen fully cooked 1-inch meatballs (I always use the Farm Rich brand), thawed
1 large green pepper, cut into 1-inch squares
1 onion cut into large enough chunks to be able to easily thread onto the skewers
1/2 cup apricot preserves
1/2 cup barbecue sauce (I used cattleman's)
Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Thread meatballs, peppers and onions alternately onto 8 skewers. Microwave preserves in a small bowl for 15 seconds. Stir in barbecue sauce and brush 1/2 of the mixture onto the kabobs. Grill 8 to 10 minutes or until meatballs are heated through and have a nice color; turn occasionally and brush with remaining preserves mixture the last 2 minutes.


20 comments:

Rachel said...

Another wonderful looking recipe! I love that it calls for frozen meatballs...it looks like something you could whip up relatively quickly!

the ungourmet said...

Hi Heidi! This recipe looks tangy and yummy! I just recently tried ready made meatballs in a recipe for the first time ever. They really are helpful in saving time and work. Thanks for the skewer idea!

The picture of your son is darling. My son would be in heaven if he had one of the those!

Norah said...

Your boy is adorable.

Guess this recipe is the motivation I need to make another batch of meatballs for my freezer. Looks great thanks for sharing.

Willoughby said...

My kids would love any recipe that had both meatballs and barbecue sauce!

teresa said...

Don't you love it when you get a winner that everyone loves! This looks wonderful and your little guy is the cutest!

Jenn said...

Looks good. Meatball and BBQ are two of my favorite words. Yummy!

Jamie said...

Heidi,
What a family friendly meal. I also saw this in the Kraft Food & Family Magazine. I think my girls would love it.

Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. I really like your blog. You've got some good quick and easy recipes that I need to try.

Jenna said...

That will be so good to try this summer! I wonder what it would taste like with chicken, too?

Denise said...

How cute is your son? I will try these, my girls should like them. Just bought big bag of meatballs from costco

Lynda said...

This looks so impressive and delicious; what family wouldn't love such a wonderful meal!
Hope you don't have to stab your husband, you may just have to amke more next time! :)

Lara said...

My kids LOVE meatballs and these look great for the summer time.

Katy ~ said...

Meatballs do look delish and is an idea that we are going to have to try this grilling season. I had read somewhere to qickly blanche the veggies in hot water to slightly soften them and make easier to skewer without breaking. I haven't tried it but it seems like a good tip and one worth passing on.

Donna-FFW said...

Heidi, your little boy is adorable.

These meatball skewers look delicious. Im with you though, bring on the peppers and onions;)

The Kraft Family magazine has some darn good recipes, no?

Amanda said...

Wow they look delicious, glad you enjoyed them so much!

Mommy's Kitchen said...

Those sound good and look pretty. What a cinch with frozen meatballs. My sons loves meatballs. I hope you had a nice Holiday Heidi.

Katherine Aucoin said...

Your meatball skewers look so perfectly cooked. What a winner! This is a great idea to try for grilling season.

MaRiN said...

Yum! I love meatballs, yet I've never thought to put them on a kabob!

Crystal Lampe said...

I have a whole bag of Schwan's meatballs i will have to try this. It reminds me of the meatballs in the grape jelly sauce.

Kristen said...

How yummy!
And yes that is the cutest tractor face!

Kara said...

These sound wonderful! I don't know why I ever thought of doing meatballs on skewers, my kids would love them. I have got to try this one!

Oh, and that photo of your tractor boy is darling!