I don’t really like handling meat, so on the rare occasion that I do make a meat dish, I try to make it as easy as possible. When I was perusing on Pinterest, I saw a slew of meatball recipes for beef or pork. But I typically only cook poultry at home, so I thought of developing a recipe for turkey meatballs that can be made in a slow cooker.
I love BBQ sauce in general, so I thought of cooking the meatballs in a BBQ sauce instead of the traditional marinara. This pairs beautifully with vegetables and potatoes. Using garlic and ginger is so important in this recipe. I have found that turkey and chicken usually need garlic and ginger to counter the “smell”.
– 1 lb ground turkey
– 1 egg
– 1 small onion, finely diced
– 1 clove garlic, minced
– 1 small piece of ginger, minced
– 1/3 cup bread crumbs
– Salt & pepper, to taste
– 1 cup BBQ sauce
– 1 tsp paprika
– 1/2 tsp salt
1. Mix all the meatball ingredients in a large bowl. Shape into meatballs. Heat 1 tsp of oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Brown the meatballs on all sides.
2. In a small bowl, mix together the BBQ sauce ingredients. Place BBQ sauce and meatballs into the slow cooker. Cook on low for 4-6 hours, until meatballs are cooked through. Stir halfway through. You can use additional BBQ sauce as a glaze when serving. Garnish with your favorite herbs, if desired.
*Note: I use a homemade BBQ sauce, so I added paprika and salt for extra flavor. If you are using a store-bought sauce, you do not need to add paprika/salt unless you want a bolder flavor. When you are browning the meatballs, they don’t have to be fully-cooked. They will cook the rest of the way in the slow cooker. Just make sure you get a nice color on them so they don’t stick together in the slow cooker.