Crock-Pot, Barbecue Mini Meatballs

This is such an easy way to make meatballs. You probably have most of the ingredients on hand. Serve right from the crock-pot for an appetizer or pot luck. Always a party favorite because they taste so good! Or, make it into a yummy dinner by serving 3 or 4 meatballs with sauce over skinny mashed potatoes or rice. Include a vegetable and you’re set! Each meatball, with sauce, has 74 calories and 1 gram of fat.
Crock-Pot, Barbecue Mini Meatballs

Helpful Tips About this Recipe

Makes 24 meatballs

Shopping Tips
Most supermarkets sell extra lean ground beef. I used the 96% lean ground beef from Trader Joe’s.

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WW Freestyle SmartPoints 2-Blue
WW SmartPoints 3-Green
SKINNY FACTS: for 1 meatball and sauce
74 calories, 1g fat, 0.4g sat. fat, 7mg chol, 5g prot, 0g fiber, 233mg sod, 7g sugar
FACTS: for Freestyle SmartPoints
65 calories, 0g sat. fat, 4g protein, 7g sugar


Crock-Pot, Barbecue Mini Meatballs

Crock-Pot, Barbecue Mini Meatballs

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Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 25 minutes
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 24
Calories 74 kcal


Ingredients for Meatballs:

  • 1 pound package extra lean ground beef or turkey, see shopping tips
  • ¼ cup Panko bread crumbs 
  • 1 large egg or 2 egg whites
  • ½ cup onions, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Ingredients for Sauce:

  • cups onions, diced
  • 1 (18 oz.) bottle barbecue sauce, I used Sweet Baby Rays, or use your favorite
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (add ⅛ teaspoon more if you like a bit of kick)


  • In a large bowl, combine ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, onions, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Using clean hands, mix all the ingredients and form 24 small meatballs, about ⅛ cup each (2 tablespoons).
  • To cook 1½ cups onions for sauce: cook in microwave for 2-3 minutes to soften.
  • Pour barbecue sauce into crock-pot. Add softened onions and mix well. Drop meatballs into sauce. Mix around to cover completely with sauce. Set crock-pot to low, 6 hours or on high heat 3 hours.


Serving: 1meatballCalories: 74kcalProtein: 5gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 233mgSugar: 7gBlue Smart Points: 2Green Smart Points: 3Plus Points: 2
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