Friday, February 27, 2009

You can't go wrong with BBQ Meatballs

This is a favorite meal in our house. It cost our family $1.19 to make the meatballs, but if you buy the meat it will run you around $4.19 (I like to stock up on ground beef when it is 1.99/lb., which you can get this week at Dillons!)

1 ½ lb. Ground beef (free from grandparent's cattle-usually this would be around 3.00)
½ large can Evaporated Milk (free with coupon, stocked up at Christmas time)
1 c. oatmeal (.10)
½ c. chopped onion ( .20)
¼ t. garlic powder (.01)
½ t. pepper (.01)
1 t. salt (.01)
½ t. chili powder (.01)
Mix above ingredients and form into balls, makes approximately 15 meatballs. Place in 9x13 baking dish.

1 c. ketchup (.50)
½ c. brown sugar (.20)
1 t. Liquid smoke (.05)
¼ t. garlic powder (.01)

Pour over meatballs and bake uncovered for 45 minutes at 350. Serves 5 (3 meatballs=serving)

We served this with Salad (.25) and Valley Fresh Steamers (free). Bringing our meal to $1.44!
Want to make it cheaper?
I usually only use 1 lb. ground beef and increase the oatmeal to 1 1/2 c. The meatballs have a softer texture but they still taste great. I usually can only get 12 meatballs when I do this.

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