5 from 5 votes
These cocktail meatballs are perfect for all your holiday parties
Cocktail Meatballs
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
55 mins

Meatballs with apricot barbecue glaze

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cocktail Meatballs, Meatballs in apricot glaze, Party Meatballs
Servings: 70 meatballs
Calories: 37 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground elk meat or lean ground beef
  • 2 cups dried bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup apricot jam
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  1. Place meat, bread crumbs and milk into a large bowl. Combine together using your hands or a large spoon.

  2. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.  Let mixture set for 5 minutes and mix again.

  3. Use a small scoop to create meatballs. Place meatballs on a lightly greased baking sheet. 

  4. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.

  5. Allow meatballs to cool. Remove from pan. Use right away, cover and refrigerate or place in freezer safe containers and freeze.

  1. Add barbecue sauce, apricot jam and red pepper flakes to a saucepan. Heat over medium low heat, stirring often.

  2. Simmer sauce for 3-4 minutes. Add a portion of the meatballs at a time. Heat until meatballs are heated through. 

  3. Remove meatballs from sauce letting excess sauce fall off. Place meatballs on a baking sheet and place in a 200 degree oven to keep warm.

  4. Repeat with remaining meatballs. 

  5. Serve warm

Nutrition Facts
Cocktail Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 37 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 123mg5%
Potassium 49mg1%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 25IU1%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.