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Get ready to experience the ultimate indulgence with our Stout Meatballs! Simmered in a rich, smoky, stout-laced BBQ sauce, these beef and pork meatballs are nothing short of a flavor explosion. Each mouthwatering morsel will entice your taste buds and transport you to a world of culinary bliss.
Stout Meatballs With Smoky BBQ Sauce
Unleash your tastebuds with these Stout Meatballs, a succulent indulgence that brings the classic comfort food to a whole new level. Each meatball is a burst of flavor, generously seasoned and mixed with stout beer for an earthy depth that will have you savoring every bite. Just imagine the taste of these juicy, tender meatballs, delicately crispy on the outside and mouthwateringly tender on the inside, in perfect harmony with the robust flavor of stout beer. Truly a feast for the senses!
But we’re not stopping there. These meatballs are smothered in a homemade BBQ sauce, where sweet meets smoky with an undercurrent of stout beer to tie it all together. The sauce clings to each meatball, delivering a punch of flavor that enhances the richness of the meat. Picture the vibrant glaze of the BBQ sauce with its smoky undertones, making each meatball a glossy, savory delight. Pair these Stout Meatballs with creamy mashed potatoes and your dinner just transformed into a gourmet experience. Brace yourself for an orchestra of flavor, because this dish is a symphony in every bite!
Why You’ll Love These Stout Meatballs
- Easy Recipe! Don’t let the longish list of ingredients scare you away! You likely already have most of them in your pantry. This is a foolproof homemade meatballs recipe that is super simple and comes together quickly with very little effort.
- Spicy Stout Meatballs! Beer, BBQ, and meatballs are a culinary match made in heaven. The dark stout beer adds layers of coffee, caramel, and chocolate flavor to both the meatballs and the BBQ sauce, which blends perfectly with the spiciness.
- Crowd Pleaser! These meatballs are so delicious your guests will keep coming back for more. And you can serve them over potatoes, pasta, on a hoagie roll, or with toothpicks, which means they are perfect for lunch, dinner, or your next party!
- Ground pork and Ground beef: These two types of meat bring a balance of flavor and tenderness to your meatballs. You can also use ground turkey or chicken if you prefer.
- Eggs: Eggs act as a binder in this recipe, holding everything together. If you have an egg allergy, you can substitute with a “flax egg” (1 tablespoon flaxseed meal + 2.5 tablespoon water).
- Onion and Garlic: These two aromatic ingredients add a depth of flavor to the meatballs. If you’re not a fan of onion or garlic, you can reduce the quantity or omit them, but they do add significant flavor.
- Salt, Cayenne Pepper, and Ground Cumin: These seasonings bring out the flavor of the meat and add a nice kick. Feel free to adjust the amounts to your taste.
- Panko breadcrumbs: These light, crispy breadcrumbs help to give the meatballs a perfect tender texture. If you don’t have panko, you can substitute regular breadcrumbs.
- Stout beer: The beer acts as a tenderizer for the meat and lends a deep, rich flavor to the meatballs. If you prefer not to cook with beer, you can use beef broth as an alternative.
- Olive Oil and Garlic: These ingredients are the base for our BBQ sauce, providing depth of flavor.
- Soy Sauce and Worcestershire Sauce: These sauces lend a salty, umami flavor to the BBQ sauce. If you’re gluten-free, make sure to use a gluten-free soy sauce or tamari.
- Sriracha Sauce: This adds a kick of heat to the BBQ sauce. If you don’t like spice, you can reduce the quantity or use a milder hot sauce.
- Stout Beer: Again, the beer adds depth and richness to the sauce. As with the meatballs, beef broth can be used as a substitute if needed.
- Smoked Paprika: This adds a smoky flavor to the sauce. If you can’t find smoked paprika, regular paprika could be used, but the smoky flavor will be less pronounced.
- Brown Sugar: This gives the sauce its signature sweet taste. If you want to make it healthier, you can substitute with honey or maple syrup.
- Tomato Paste: This thickens the sauce and adds a tangy sweetness. If you don’t have tomato paste, you can substitute tomato sauce but it might make your BBQ sauce slightly thinner.
- Salt and Pepper: Basic seasonings to enhance all the other flavors.
- Fresh Parsley: This is used for garnish, adding a pop of color and fresh flavor at the end. If you don’t have parsley, fresh basil or chives could also work.
I’ve said it a million times and I’ll say it again! Making homemade meatballs is easy peasy! And in this recipe, I’m going to show you how to whip them together with a finger-licking good BBQ sauce.
First, put all the meatball ingredients into a large bowl, and then use your hands to mix everything together until it’s fully incorporated. Then take the meat mixture and form it into about 40 meatballs that are each the size of a golf ball. Using a cookie scoop is a great way to make this step easier.
You have a couple options here. I’ve baked these meatballs before and I’ve also air fried them. I have to say that air frying is so much simpler, but here are instructions on how to do both.
For Baking: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C) and prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper. Form the meat mixture into meatballs, arrange them on the baking sheet and bake for about 20-25 minutes, until cooked through. Turn them halfway for even browning. After baking, let them rest, then toss in the BBQ sauce.
For Air Frying: Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for 5 minutes. Form the meatballs, place them in the air fryer basket, and cook for 12-15 minutes until browned and cooked through. No need to turn them, the air fryer cooks evenly. Once done, let them rest before tossing in the BBQ sauce.
While your meatballs are baking in the oven, you need to start the sauce. To begin, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Next, add the minced garlic and sauté it for 30 seconds just until it becomes aromatic.
Then add all the remaining sauce ingredients to the pan except the parsley and whisk everything together well. Now, bring the mixture to a boil before turning the heat down to a simmer. Then let the sauce cook for about 15 minutes or until it has thickened up and reduced by half.
Once the meatballs are cooked, add them to the sauce and then toss them around until they are fully coated. Now, let the meatballs simmer in the BBQ sauce for 5 minutes. Then garnish the stout meatballs with some chopped fresh parsley and serve them over creamy Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes if you like.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is stout?
Stout is a type of beer that’s dark and rich in flavor. It originated from the British Isles, and it’s known for its deep, roasty flavors. Guinness is a common example of stout beer.
Can I substitute the stout beer in this recipe?
Yes, if you don’t have stout or prefer not to use it, you can substitute it with another dark beer or a beef broth for a non-alcoholic version. Keep in mind, the flavor profile will change slightly.
Can I use different kinds of meat for the meatballs?
Absolutely! This recipe uses a mix of pork and beef, but you could use all beef, or substitute half the meat with ground turkey or chicken for a leaner version. The taste and texture will vary with different meats.
Can I make these meatballs gluten-free?
Yes, you can use gluten-free panko breadcrumbs in the meatballs, and ensure your soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce are gluten-free versions. Be mindful of the stout beer you use as well, as not all are gluten-free.
- Flavorful Ingredients: The ingredients in these meatballs bring a symphony of flavors, so don’t skimp on them. The spices, stout, and garlic are all key to the richness of the dish.
- Quality Meat: Use high-quality ground pork and beef for the best results. The quality of the meat can significantly affect the texture and flavor of the meatballs.
- Don’t Overmix: When combining the meatball ingredients, be careful not to overmix. Overmixing can lead to tough meatballs. Mix just until the ingredients are combined for tender and juicy results.
- Sauce Consistency: When simmering the sauce, keep an eye on the consistency. If it becomes too thick, you can add a bit more stout or water. Conversely, if it’s too thin, allow it to simmer for longer until it reaches the desired thickness.
- Garnishing: Don’t underestimate the power of fresh parsley. It adds a touch of freshness and color to the dish, making it visually more appealing and enhancing the overall taste.
Leftover Stout Meatballs can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days in an airtight container. When you’re ready to reheat, simply warm them in the microwave or on the stove until heated through.
If you want to make them in advance or have leftovers to freeze, these meatballs are perfect for that! After cooking, let the meatballs cool completely, then place them in a freezer-safe container or a zip-top bag and freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to eat, thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then reheat in a saucepan over medium heat or in the microwave. The sauce may thicken upon freezing and thawing, but you can easily thin it out with a little bit of water or stout if needed.
Other Delicious Meatball Recipes To Try
- Salisbury Steak Meatballs
- Moroccan Meatballs
- Meatballs with Mushroom Sauce
- Porcupine Meatballs
- Thai Meatball Lettuce Wraps
- Cheesy Chicken Meatball Rolls
- Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs
- Easy Meatballs
For BBQ Sauce
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic (minced)
- ⅓ cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
- 2 cups stout beer
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- ⅔ cup brown sugar
- 6 ounce tomato paste ((1 can))
- ¼ teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- ¼ teaspoon pepper (or to taste)
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley (chopped, for garnish)
For The Meatballs
- Start by preheating your oven to 400°F (200°C) if you're baking, or preheating your air fryer if you're using that method. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper for an easy clean-up or make sure your air fryer basket is clean and ready to go.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground pork, ground beef, chopped onion, minced garlic, salt, cayenne pepper, and cumin. Add the Panko breadcrumbs and stout beer to the meat mixture. The breadcrumbs will absorb the beer, adding to the moisture and flavor of the meatballs.
- Shape the meat mixture into round meatballs, about 1 to 1½ inches in diameter. If you're baking, place the meatballs on the prepared baking sheet. If you're air frying, place the meatballs in the air fryer basket, ensuring they are not touching.
- For baking: Place in the preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the meatballs are browned and cooked through. For air frying: Cook at 400°F (200°C) for about 10-12 minutes, or until the meatballs are cooked through and nicely browned, shaking the basket halfway through.
For The BBQ Sauce
- While the meatballs are cooking, begin making the BBQ sauce. In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the minced garlic to the pan, cooking until it becomes fragrant and lightly browned.
- Stir in the soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, Sriracha, stout beer, smoked paprika, brown sugar, tomato paste, salt, and pepper. Cook over medium heat until the sauce has thickened to your liking. Adjust the seasoning if necessary.
- When the meatballs are done, toss them in the BBQ sauce until they're well-coated. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve while hot.
- Stout Beer: The stout beer is the star of this recipe, so choose one you enjoy drinking. Guinness is a great choice, but feel free to experiment with different brands.
- BBQ Sauce: If you want to cut down on preparation time, you can substitute the homemade BBQ sauce with a store-bought version. Just be sure to pick one that’s high-quality and matches your taste preference.
- Ground Meat: The recipe calls for a mix of ground pork and beef for the best flavor. However, you can use all beef or all pork if desired. Ground turkey or chicken could also work for a leaner option.
- Spice Levels: The cayenne pepper and Sriracha add a touch of heat to this dish. Feel free to adjust the amount of these ingredients to match your spice tolerance.
- Serving Suggestions: These meatballs are delicious on their own, but they also pair well with mashed potatoes, pasta, or over a bed of steamed rice. For a low-carb option, try serving them with a side of roasted vegetables or a green salad.
Notice: Nutrition is auto-calculated for your convenience. Where relevant, we recommend using your own nutrition calculations.