Savor the robust, tantalizing flavor of these Stout Meatballs, combining hearty ground pork and beef, doused in a homemade BBQ sauce with a rich, stout beer infusion. These melt-in-your-mouth morsels, bursting with aromatic spices, are so indulgent, you'll find yourself craving for another bite before you've even finished the first.
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.