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These cocktail meatballs are perfect for all your holiday parties
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Cocktail Meatballs

Meatballs with apricot barbecue glaze
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cocktail Meatballs, Meatballs in apricot glaze, Party Meatballs
Servings: 70 meatballs
Calories: 37kcal
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




  • Place meat, bread crumbs and milk into a large bowl. Combine together using your hands or a large spoon.
  • Add remaining ingredients and mix well.  Let mixture set for 5 minutes and mix again.
  • Use a small scoop to create meatballs. Place meatballs on a lightly greased baking sheet. 
  • Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.
  • Allow meatballs to cool. Remove from pan. Use right away, cover and refrigerate or place in freezer safe containers and freeze.


  • Add barbecue sauce, apricot jam and red pepper flakes to a saucepan. Heat over medium low heat, stirring often.
  • Simmer sauce for 3-4 minutes. Add a portion of the meatballs at a time. Heat until meatballs are heated through. 
  • 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.
  • Repeat with remaining meatballs. 
  • Serve warm


Calories: 37kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 123mg | Potassium: 49mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.5mg