BBQ Cola Meatballs

Welcome to Healthy Meals on Our Krazy Kitchen.  I like to focus on real, everyday, satisfying meals that you don’t have to feel guilty about enjoying!
I find meatballs adorable. They are like little mini meat loaves with a scrumptious sauce all around them. What’s not to love?  I’ve made meatballs different ways.  I’ve baked them, I’ve pan fried them. These, I did in the crockpot. (and the oven).  They were baked first, then I threw them in the crock pot.  
Then I made a delicious BBQ sauce with a unique sweetener. COKE! I thought that was awesome when I first saw it!!  I got this recipe from Kel from Between the Lines.  I’m always looking for new ways to prepare everyday food so when I saw this, I knew I had to try it!
Doesn’t that look awesome!!! They held together great so gently stirring wasn’t a problem. We ended up eating every last bit of the sauce!! They were made with ground turkey so they weren’t greasy at all.  I ate 7 of them and was quite full!! 
We ate this with a delicious Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese.  This was a fantastic meal!  Healthy and filling!

Barbecue Cola Meatballs

Adapted from Between the Lines

Meatballs:
1 1/2 lbs. ground turkey
1 1/4 cups bread crumbs (I used panko)
1 egg
1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
1 (1 oz) package dry ranch style dressing mix

Sauce:
3/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup barbeque sauce
2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup cola
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1/2 cup green or red pepper, chopped
1 tsp. seasoning salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

In a large bowl, mix together the meatball ingredients until well blended. Shape into meatball and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes at 375 turning them over half way.

Mix up the sauce ingredients in slow cooker. Remove meatballs from baking sheet and place in sauce in crock pot. Cover and cook on low for 3 hours, then remove lid and cook for an additional 15 – 30 minutes before serving. Mine made 40 meatballs.

Total calories = 1922 calories
40 meatballs = 48 calories per meatball with sauce

7 BBQ Cola Meatballs + Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese = 582 calorie dinner
Check out the spaghetti squash mac and cheese and more healthy recipes at Debbi Does Dinner Healthy
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  • Wow, what a combination of ingredients, cola, barbecue sauce and so many other delicious condiments.
    Great post ♥

  • I love meatballs, and these look so delicious!
    I really enjoy the recipes here, and I was excited to see that you all may have open host positions, as I’m really interested in taking part. Looking forward to the possibility!

  • Kel

    Thanks for sharing Debbi! I’ve also used Coke zero in this recipe to reduce the calories.

    Kel
    http://www.betweenthelines-kel.com

  • Hi, Debbi! Stopping by to show my support and snag your great meatball recipe! I can’t wait to try these! Definitely in the next couple of weeks! They look really delicious!!!!

  • Sounds great! Welcome to Our Krazy Kitchen Debbi! 🙂

  • Hand me a hoagie roll and let me at ’em!

  • Great Job and great recipe. Welcome.