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Game Day Meatballs and Slam Dunk Sauces

Here’s a recipe for delicious appetizers that will definitely be a slam dunk for the big game!

Juicy and flavorful meatballs with three different sauces to dip in during the party: An easy, sweet and savory Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce, Honey Mustard Sauce and a yummy Sweet and Sour Sauce. What’s great about these dipping sauces is that you can make them easily from ingredients found right in your pantry! Score!

Total Time: 40 min. | Prep Time: 15 min. | Serves: 30 | Difficulty: Easy


  • 2 lbs. ground beef

  • 2 tsp. salt

  • 1 tsp. pepper

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

  • 1 cup or sleeve of cracker crumbs (butter or round crackers are best)

  • 2 eggs

  • 5 Tbsp. vegetable oil or olive oil

  • ½ cup Kroger Raspberry Preserves

  • ¼ cup Kroger Apple Cider Vinegar

  • ½ cup Kroger Honey

  • ½ cup Kroger Mustard

  • ½ cup p$$t… Ketchup

  • 2 Tbsp. Kroger Brown Sugar

  • ½ cup Kroger Worcestershire Sauce


  1. First, use a rolling pin and a sandwich zipper bag to crush the crackers. Mix ground beef, eggs, crushed cracker crumbs, salt, pepper and onion. Thoroughly mix everything together and shape into 1½” balls. Place the raw meatballs onto a foil-lined cookie sheet. Lining it with foil makes it easy to clean.

  2. Heat oil in a skillet and add the meatballs. Brown in batches, and make sure they have room to fry to avoid steaming. Allow them to brown on all sides for 4 minutes, and then place back onto the foil-lined cookie sheet.

  3. Bake in a preheated 350° F oven for 15 minutes.

  4. Remove and place meatballs into a slow cooker or warmer, and set aside.

  5. For the Sweet and Sour Sauce, mix raspberry preserves with apple cider vinegar, adding salt and black pepper to taste. Serve in a small dipping bowl.

  6. For the Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce, mix the Worcestershire sauce, ketchup and brown sugar, adding salt and pepper to taste. Serve in small dipping bowl.

  7. For the Honey Mustard Sauce, mix honey and mustard, adding salt and pepper to taste. Serve in a small dipping bowl.

  8. Serve the three dipping sauces next to the slow cooker of meatballs with fun toothpicks. Enjoy!

*This content was created in partnership with Kroger Family Stores using free products provided by Kroger.


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