Gluten Free BBQ Meatballs

Gluten Free BBQ Meatballs

Its been a while since I’ve posted a recipe and I have to say this one is a great one to lead in with. These are Gluten Free (dairy free, egg free) BBQ Meatballs! I saw this recipe on “The Pioneer Woman.” She writes a blog and now has a show on the Food Network.

Last weekend our church was having a potluck, or “pitch-in” as I’m used to calling them, and I had no idea what I was going to bring. Then I saw Ree Drummond on her show talking about what she makes for church potlucks and this recipe for her “BBQ Comfort Meatballs” was always a hit she said. Excitedly I watched, waiting to see what these tasty little pieces of comfort were made from; waiting to see if I could turn this traditional comfort food into an allergen-free comfort food, fit enough for a church potluck. I was thrilled to see that I could, with the most minor of modifications and they were indeed a hit!

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I love my church! At our potluck there was even a Gluten Free line with all the dishes that were Gluten Free and all of us who follow this diet were extremely grateful! Imagine, a potluck with more than 2 dishes I could eat!!!! So, for all of you who loved these meatballs and wanted the recipe, here is my modified version that I used for the potluck. Enjoy!

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Gluten Free (dairy free, egg free) BBQ Meatballs

Meatball Ingredients:
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
3/4 cup (Gluten Free) Oats
1 cup milk (Rice Milk)
3 Tablespoons finely minced onion
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
Plenty of ground pepper to taste

Homemade BBQ Sauce:
1 cup ketchup
2 Tablespoons sugar
3 Tablespoons vinegar
2 Tablespoons (Gluten Free) Worcestershire Sauce
4 to 6 Tablespoons onion, finley minced
Dash tabasco sauce

For Frying Metaballs:
1 cup (Gluten Free) flour
Canola oil

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1) First, stir together all the BBQ sauce ingredients and set aside.

2) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

3) Combine all Meatball ingredients and roll into balls and place on a baking sheet. I found it was helpful to wet my hands with cold water before rolling each one. Place pan in freezer for 5 minutes.

4) Immediately remove the meatballs and dredge each one in flour.

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5) Next, in about 3 tablespoons of oil in a frying pain, place the meatballs in the pan to fry (carful not to over crowd the pan). Just enough to brown all sides.

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6) Place browned meatballs in baking dish and cover with BBQ sauce.

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7) Bake at 350 for 45 minutes and enjoy!

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I made a double batch and froze half the meatballs after they were fried (not quite cooked all the way). I thawed them in the fridge today and cooked them the rest of the way in the oven with the sauce.


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