Barbecue Pork Meatballs

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Barbecue Pork Meatballs

  • 20 min
  • 4 people


  • 24 oz Tulip Jamonilla®
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 1 egg
  • ½ onion
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • Toothpicks
  • Water
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Flavorful and juicy meatballs are a true crowd-pleaser, and Jamonilla® makes the preparation easy. Dinner is served within 20 minutes, which makes this a go-to dinner recipe during busy weeknights.

This pork meatballs recipe is simple but tasty. As a final touch, the meatballs are coated in a sweet and smokey barbecue sauce making this dish extra delicious. Serve it as a snack or as a topping for pasta, rice, or potatoes. Learn how to make pork meatballs in this recipe.


Difficulty: Easy


  • Separate the Jamonilla® by hand - avoid over stirring, or the meat will lose its structure. 
  • Pulse the onion in a food processor or chop it finely with a knife. 
  • Crack the eggs and beat them slightly. 
  • Combine the mashed Jamonilla®, flour, eggs, onion, and salt into a bowl and mix it well.  
  • Wet your hands or use two spoons to shape the mixture into small meatballs. Use a kitchen scale to make all meatballs the same size. This ensures the meatballs cook steadily. 
  • Fill a pot with water and bring it to a boil. Add the meatballs and let them cook covered on high heat for 6 minutes. Stir the meatballs after 3 minutes to make sure they cook evenly 
  • Drain the meatballs in a colander. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the barbecue sauce. 
  • Serve hot. 
  • Enjoy!



Swaps and substitutions 

Instead of barbeque sauce, you can also make a simple tomato sauce and serve it with spaghetti as we know it from the iconic scene in Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp”.  

You’ll need a can of Roma tomatoes (or any kind of plum tomatoes), 3 cloves of garlic (minced), olive oil, and a bay leaf. Combine all the ingredients in a pot and let it simmer for 30 minutes until the tomatoes break down. Season with salt, pepper, and a pinch of sugar. Add the meatballs to the tomato sauce, and let it soak the flavors for a couple of minutes before serving it on top of spaghetti. 

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You can also use the meatballs in an Italian meatball sandwich. For this delicious sandwich, you need a lightly toasted baguette, meatballs in tomato sauce, and melted cheese such as parmesan or provolone. 

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Fun facts about meatballs 

No one really knows where meatballs originate, and many countries across the entire world have their own version of the dish. Most recipes have in common that they consist of ground meat, onion, breadcrumbs or flour, eggs, and seasoning. In this recipe, the meatballs are steamed, but other recipes will suggest that you fry them or bake them in the oven.  

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