Mouthwatering meatballs smothered in rich, dark, homemade barbecue sauce
1 ½poundsground beef
4tablespoonsminced onionabout ½ small onion
oil for skillet
1cupcrushed tomatoes or unseasoned tomato sauce
pinchof ground clove
pinchof cayenne pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Melt butter in cast iron skillet. Saute onion and garlic in butter until cooked, about 5 minutes. Set aside and let cool for a few minutes. I used this unwashed pan to sear the meatballs later.
Combine beef, milk, breadcrumbs, onion, garlic, salt and cumin in a large bowl. Roll into small meatballs, about 2 tablespoons meat-mixture each. Arrange in a single layer in baking dish (I used the one I would bake the meatballs and sauce in). Place in freezer for 5-10 minutes.
While meatballs are cooling in freezer, whisk together all barbecue sauce ingredients. Set sauce aside.
Heat a ¼” - ½” layer of oil in a cast iron skillet on medium heat. Coat meatballs in flour and place in oil. Brown meatballs on all sides, about 1-2 minutes per side. Arrange browned meatballs in baking dish and cover in barbecue sauce. Bake until meatballs are fully cooked, about 40-45 minutes. Serve as an appetizer or with your favorite sides (like creamy mashed potatoes!) :-)