Sweet and Spicy Meatballs

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You'll want to make these Sweet and Spicy Meatball, perfect for appetizers when you add a stick. It's hard to resist these homemade meatballs with a sweet and spicy cranberry sauce. For the meatball recipe, you can use crushed saltines instead of breadcrumbs, along with dry minced onion, ginger and garlic powder for meatballs that are loads of flavor. The homemade meatballs are baked first in a preheated oven for a short amount of time to help brown them. The sauce gets its sweet from the cranberry sauce and brown sugar, and tangy flavor from the ketchup. Along with complex flavor from the hoisin. And the Buffalo Hot Wings Sauce gives it just the right amount of spiciness. The sweet and spicy sauce gets poured over the browned meatballs in the slow cooker. This slow cooker sweet and spicy meatballs recipe for about two hours as the meatballs cook and the zesty, sweet, tangy, savory, spicy sauce marinates the meat. These meatballs are delicious and can be prepared for your guests arrive and stay warm in the slow cooker until its time to serve them. Using the slow cooker ensure that these homemade meatballs are full of flavor, and the best part is you can get other things done while they are simmering.

You can use ground beef or lean ground beef if you want less fat. When it comes to making homemade meatballs, it's always a good idea to get ground beef that comes from happy cows. Free range grass fed beef is the way to go, and ensures that the cows are not fed with corn or soy based diet. Free range beef is beef that has been raised on grass pasture. The cows have a diet full of nutrient-rich grasses and pasture forage. Hopefully, the cows have been able to get plenty of outdoor time to graze and get some fresh air. When you eat beef that comes from happy cows, you can feel better about what you eat.

When it comes to using hot sauce, everyone has a personal preference on just how hot they like the flavor to be. There are many recipes for hot sauces with the common ingredient being some chili pepper. Many hot sauce recipes use chili peppers as the base and then add salt and vinegar, while other hot sauces use different types of fruits or vegetables as the base and add the chili peppers to make them hot. The type of chili pepper used typically lets you know how hot the sauce will be. With Ghost peppers and Habanero peppers making the hotter sauces. Other ingredients used to add more heat include pure capsaicin extract and mustard oil. This easy homemade meatballs recipe is found on the Carlsbad Cravings recipe site. This is just one of the recipes you will find on the site. Other recipes on the site include dessert, appetizers, breakfast, dessert, how to make homemade meatballs, holiday, main dish, soup and salad recipes, side dish and more. *

Nutrition Facts for: Sweet and Spicy Meatballs from Carlsbad Cravings
Ingredients: Ground beef, saltine crackers, dry minced onion, eggs, milk, ground ginger, salt, pepper, garlic powder, cranberry sauce, hoisin sauce, ketchup, red wine vinegar, soy sauce, Hot sauce, garlic powder, brown sugar.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 8 servings.* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet* Per Serving: Calories 423, Calories from Fat 107, Total Fat 11.9g 18%, Saturated Fat 3.7g 19%, Cholesterol 144mg 48%, Sodium 1154mg 48%, Potassium 688mg 20%, Carbohydrates 34.5g 12%, Dietary Fiber 3.2g 13%, Sugars 9.3g, Protein 39.8g, Vitamin A 4%, Vitamin C 26%, Calcium 6%, Iron 132%

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