This flamin' hot BBQ meatballs recipe will warm winter nights!

Published Sunday, Nov 9 2014, 16:20 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
What's better than meatballs? Flamin' hot BBq meatballs of course! This recipe is perfect when you're looking for a dish that has that extra kick.

Follow these easy steps to make your very own meatballs and an accompanying fiery sauce. Serve with warm garlic bread for a totally comforting dinner.

Flamin' hot meatballs

© Jack Daniels


  • For the meatballs:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 150g onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • Red chilli finely chopped – optional
  • 900g freshly minced beef
  • 2 teaspoons Italian herbs, dried
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 50g breadcrumbs, fresh
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • For the extra hot sauce:
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 110g/4oz onion, finely diced
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 220ml (a bottle) Jack Daniel’s Extra Hot Habanero Barbecue Sauce
  • 150g mozzarella/parmesan grated
  • To serve:
  • Garlic bread


1 Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a heavy stainless steel saucepan over a gentle heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring throughout, until soft and translucent. Allow to cool.

2 In a large bowl, mix the minced beef with the cooked onion and garlic mixture. Add the herbs, chilli (optional), breadcrumbs and beaten egg and season with salt and pepper before mixing well.

3 Divide the mixture into approximately 24 and make into firmly rolled balls. Cover the meatballs and refrigerate until ready to cook.

4 Heat a frying pan with olive oil and seal the meatballs on a medium hot heat turning once browned. Turn down the heat to medium to low and cook through for about 10 minutes.

5 Next, make the sauce. Heat the olive oil in a stainless steel saucepan. Add onion and crushed garlic and cook on a medium heat until soft and translucent.

6 Add the chopped tomatoes and habanero sauce. Cook the sauce on a simmering low heat uncovered for approximately 30 minutes.

7 When the meatballs are cooked, place them in an ovenproof dish with the extra hot sauce. Taste and balance the seasoning sugar, salt and pepper. Top with the grated mozzarella/parmesan and place under a preheated grill until the cheese has melted.

8 Serve the meatballs with fresh warm garlic bread.

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

40 minutes (including cooking the sauce)

Nutrition Information

Serves 4

Like spice? Try these other fiery recipes:
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Authentic Mexican Fajitas

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