Easy, Stove Top BBQ Meatballs

BBQ Meatballs in a bowl, garnished with parsley.

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Let's skip the slow cooker and have these delicious sweet and savory stove top BBQ Meatballs ready in 15 minutes with no grape jelly! This is a great recipe for last minute dinners or easy entertaining.


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  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup (not pancake syrup)
  • 1 large orange
  • 12-18 frozen meatballs


Place the BBQ sauce and maple syrup in a large pot. Juice the orange and add the fresh orange juice to the pot. Whisk everything together until combined.

Add 12-18 frozen meatballs to the pot and gently stir to coat with the BBQ mixture.

Place the pot over medium-low heat, cover, and allow the meatballs to thaw as the sauce heats up. About 10-15 minutes.

Serve warm or at room temperature.



If you prefer a thicker sauce, remove the lid after the meatballs have mostly thawed and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes to allow some of the liquid to evaporate.