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Cranberry BBQ Turkey Meatballs

Prep: 30 min | Cook: 30 min | Total: 1 hr | Servings:6..

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Cranberry BBQ Turkey Meatballs
Cranberry BBQ Turkey Meatballs
Cranberry BBQ Turkey Meatballs
These were something I cooked up for a holiday party. I got the idea from something my mother used to do, when I was a kid. She would bring these AWESOME BBQ'd meatballs to holiday functions. She had some kind of electric pan she's bring and plug in, fill with meatballs and set some toothpicks off to the side. If I had to guess, I'd guess they were store bought meatballs and the sauce was grape jelly mixed with ketchup, but ... memories of those little meaty orbs are fond, to say the least.

Moms rock.

These are homemade turkey meatballs, which are cooked with a fresh cranberry BBQ sauce. The end result is a tart, smoky meatball with excellent texture and flavor.

Note: The funky things you see sticking out of the tasty pile of meatballs are ... mustache toothpicks. I have two little cousins who convinced me that mustaches are all the rage, and ... I couldn't pass them up. Have some fun with your meatballs ... it's the holidays!

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Turkey MeatballsCaloriesFatProteinCarbsFiberSA'sNet Carbs
2 tbsp (28g)  fresh whole butter, softened2002200000
1 small (70g)  onion, peeled and finely diced28017106
4 each (12g)  garlic clove, minced16004004
1 lb (454g)  ground turkey67637790000
1 large (50g)  egg7256.5.5000.5
1 tbsp (2g)  fresh sage, chopped2.
salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste0000000
Cranberry BBQ SauceCaloriesFatProteinCarbsFiberSA'sNet Carbs
1 each (140g)  orange6900183015
12 oz (336g)  fresh cranberries155.780039.7115.27024.44
1 tbsp (2g)  fresh sage, chopped2.
1/2 cup (128g)  reduced sugar ketchup (Buy Now) 40008008
1/2 cup (119.5g)  sugar free maple syrup (Buy Now) 0000000
1/2 cup (119.5g)  apple cider vinegar (Buy Now) 0000000
2 tbsp (30g)  liquid smoke (Buy Now) 0000000
salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste0000000
Totals (of 6 Servings):1262.0264.24g86.62g78.05g19.83g0g58.22g
Per Serving:210.3410.71g14.44g13.01g3.31g0g9.7g *


  1. Pre-heat oven to 425 F.
  2. For the meatballs ...
  3. Sauté the onions and garlic, in butter, over medium-high heat. Add a little salt and pepper. Saute for about 5 minutes. A little brown color is fine. Once this is done, set aside.
  4. Mix together the turkey, egg, fresh sage, salt, pepper and onion mixture. Combine well with your hands.
  5. Roll small meatballs with your hands. 1/2 to 3/4 oz. per ball (about 15 to 20 grams).
  6. Set your meatballs on a greased tray and bake for about 10 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  7. For the sauce ...
  8. Use a zester or the fine side of a cheese grater to zest the outside of the orange (just remove the orange part, not the white part). Place the grated orange skin (zest) into a wide sauté pan.
  9. Juice the orange, removing the seeds, and add the juice to the pan.
  10. Add remaining ingredients and simmer until the cranberries begin to break down and the sauce thickens, about 30 minutes.
  11. Add your meatballs to the sauce and season with salt and pepper, to adjust seasoning.
  12. Simmer for about 10 minutes. Serve!

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