BBQ Meatball Subs made in the oven means you have dinner fast. No waiting for the slow cooker! You can make homemade meatballs in minutes, simmer them in sauce and assemble delicious sandwiches on a busy weeknight.
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Easy meal alert!!
Make delicious barbecue meatball subs from start to finish in under an hour!
There's no need to wait for the slow cooker for this roadside favorite. Sure that's easy, but you're waiting for hours while your meatballs and sauce simmer.
You can make, roll, and bake meatballs in just a few minutes. Douse them in your favorite BBQ Sauce and top them with crispy onions.
This meatball sandwich is what dinner dreams are made of!
Baked BBQ Meatballs
Obviously meatballs are the main ingredient in this easy meal. I love cooking them in the oven so I'm free to get other things ready while they become delicious!
And a meatball sub in any form is on my list. Try my Open Face Meatball Sub.
I don't think you have to shy away from making real BBQ on a weeknight. These barbecue meatball subs have all the real flavor you need from the mix of meats and ingredients and the sauce.
I even have a delicious Barbecue Popcorn recipe you can make at home!
Make these into BBQ Meatball Sliders!
Simply melt cheddar on slider buns and top with a BBQ sauce meatball, pickles and crispy onions. Make a platter for a party.
Busy moms, add this to your weekly dinner menu and it will become a tried and true favorite!
Ingredients in a BBQ Meatball Sub:
- Meatloaf mix
- Finely chopped onion
- Minced garlic
- 1 Beaten egg
- Yellow Mustard
- Kosher Salt
- BBQ Sauce
- Sliced Pickles
- French Fried Onions
- Hero Rolls
You probably have so much of this in the kitchen already. Grab some meatloaf mix and hoagie rolls and you're good to go!
What is Meatloaf Mix made of?
Ground meatloaf mix is a combination of beef, pork, and sometimes veal or lamb. The mix creates varied texture and flavor, perfect for meatloaf and meatballs.
You can certainly make your own if your market doesn't package it for you. I typically mix 60% to 70% ground beef with 30% to 40% ground pork, or Italian sausage out of the casing.
If you mix in Italian sausage, simply remove the casings and use the meat inside. Easy!
The combination gives my meatballs an extra boost of seasoning and fatty richness!
I bake my meatballs!
No need to sauté meatballs in a skillet. That takes time, splatters the stove and makes the house smell.
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place rolled meatballs on it. Bake for about 20 minutes and you are ready to go.
HINT to prevent meatballs from sticking to your hands:
I like to use disposable plastic gloves to roll meatballs. You can also spray your hands with cooking spray after each one to keep the meat from sticking, or have a bowl of water handy and dip your hands in water after each roll to prevent sticking.
The assembly is simple!
Cover your meatballs with delicious barbecue sauce. While they bathe in that, melt cheese on your hero rolls.
Top with sauce and meatballs and then garnish with French Fried onions and pickles!
There are so many other toppings that are good on a meatball sub. Try some of these too:
- Diced tomatoes
- Fresh onions
- Bell peppers
- Grated Parmesan
This barbecue meatball sub sandwich recipe really answers the question of what to serve with BBQ meatballs for dinner. A hero roll, cheese and crispy onions!
But if you're looking for a side to go with the meatball sub other than potato chips, here's a list.
What to serve with BBQ Meatball Subs:
Sweet Potato Fries
- 1 lb fresh ground meatloaf mix
- 1 cup onion finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 egg beaten
- 2 tsp yellow mustard
- 6 tbsp breadcrumbs
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- ½ cup barbecue sauce
- 5 hero rolls partially split lengthwise
- 8 oz sliced cheddar
- ½ cup French-fried onions homemade or French's
- Dill pickle slices
Heat oven to 375°F. In a large bowl combine ground meat, onion, garlic, egg, mustard, breadcrumbs and salt. Form into 20 1½-inch balls and place on a large, foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Bake until cooked through, 20 to 25 min. Transfer meatballs to a saucepan with barbecue sauce and keep warm.
Fill rolls with cheddar and heat in oven until melted, about 5 min. Top with meatballs and sauce, French-fried onions and pickles.
• Use water or cooking spray on your hands to prevent sticking when making meatballs.
Or use disposable plastic gloves to roll the meatballs.
Recipe Tara Teaspoon, Photographs Pedin+Munk, LHJ 09/12