Sweet & Spicy Meatballs - Football Friday

Friday, October 25, 2019

Sweet & Spicy Buffalo Meatballs Recipe

Sweet & Spicy Meatballs - only 4 ingredients! A little sweet, a little spicy, a whole lotta good! They taste great dipped in a little Ranch dressing. Frozen meatballs, brown sugar, buffalo sauce, and butter. Ready to eat in 20 minutes. Can also slow cook in the crockpot. Great for tailgating, potlucks, and holiday parties! #appetizer #partyfood #tailgating #meatballs #gameday
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Sweet & Spicy Buffalo Meatballs

Are you ready for the weekend? Boy, I sure am!! Bring on ALL the football and bring on these Sweet and Spicy Buffalo Meatballs! A little sweet, a little spicy, and a whole lotta yummy. These meatballs are perfect for watching all the games this weekend or even a quick lunch/dinner. Throw some frozen french fries in the air fryer and you are set! We like to dip the meatballs in Ranch dressing. Try them dipped in my Jalapeño Ranch Dip if you want to kick it up a notch! Either way, these Sweet & Spicy Meatballs are sure to score a touchdown at your next party!

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How to Make Sweet & Spicy Meatballs

With only 4 ingredients they are a snap to make. The sauce is a combination of brown sugar and hot sauce. I used Frank's hot sauce. You can use any brand that you prefer. These Sweet & Spicy Meatballs aren't really spicy. There is just a hint of heat. If you want spicer meatballs, just increase the amount of hot sauce in the sauce mixture.

Start by combining hot sauce, brown sugar, and butter in a large Dutch Oven. Add frozen meatballs and let them cook for about 20 to 25 minutes on medium-high heat. SO easy. Serve them alongside some Ranch dressing and you are ready to party!

I used premade frozen meatballs in this recipe. There is no need to thaw them before cooking. You can also make your own meatballs if you prefer.

Can Sweet & Spicy Meatballs be Made in the Slow Cooker?

If you don't want to make these Sweet & Spicy Buffalo Meatballs on the stove, you can definitely make them in the crockpot. Just dump all the ingredients in the crockpot and let them cook on LOW for a couple of hours. Keep the meatballs in the slow cooker during the party and they will stay nice and warm.
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Sweet & Spicy Buffalo Meatballs are Great for a Crowd

These Sweet & Spicy Buffalo Meatballs are always a hit at our tailgates and football parties. They are also great for potlucks and holiday parties. Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog to finish off your party spread:






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quick, easy, simple, ground beef, crockpot, buffalo sauce, sweet, spicy, slow cooker, party food, game day
Appetizer
American
Yield: serves 12

Sweet & Spicy Meatballs

prep time: 5 minscook time: 20 mins total time: 25 mins
Sweet & Spicy Meatballs - only 4 ingredients! A little sweet, a little spicy, a whole lotta good! They taste great dipped in a little Ranch dressing. Frozen meatballs, brown sugar, buffalo sauce, and butter. Ready to eat in 20 minutes. Can also slow cook in the crockpot. Great for tailgating, potlucks, and holiday parties! #appetizer #partyfood #tailgating #meatballs #gameday

ingredients:

  • 2-lb. frozen meatballs (1/2-oz balls)
  • 1-1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp water (optional)

instructions:

  1. In a Dutch Oven or large saucepan over medium heat, combine brown sugar, hot sauce, water, and butter. Cook until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Add frozen meatballs to Dutch Oven and cook on medium-low for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring often.

NOTES:

To make in the crockpot, put all ingredients in crockpot and cook on LOW for 2 hours.
Adjust the hot sauce up or down according to your personal preference.
I buy the smaller 1/2-oz size frozen meatballs.


MORE APPETIZER RECIPES:
Ham & Cheese Pastry Puffs
Black-Eyed Pea Salad
Bacon & Brown Sugar Crackers
Cheddar Bay Sausage Balls
Margarita Brined Chicken Wings

RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS:
Dutch Oven
Hamilton Beach 6-qt Slow Cooker


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3 comments

  1. Hi Steph! I got recruited to help with a party and needed a last minute appetizer. Saw this recipe come up and decided to give it a try. Doubled the recipe and made it in the crockpot and let it sit at the party. HUGE HIT!!! Only 3 meatballs left over! Thanks for a great and easy recipe!

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    1. YAY!!! I'm thrilled to hear these meatballs were a success!

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