Homemade Meatballs with Sweet and Tangy Sauce

This recipe comes from my sister and is one of her family’s favorites. She recently made it and told me I had to try some. I was a little hesitant because I am normally not a big meatball fan, but I decided I had better give it a try if it is as good as she said it was… end result… it is amazing! The flavor of this sauce is absolutely wonderful and compliments the meatballs perfectly!

If you need a new dinner idea, give this one a try!

Homemade Meatballs with Sweet and Tangy Sauce from chef-in-training.com …This meal is amazing!

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Homemade Meatballs with Sweet and Tangy Sauce
This recipe is absolutely amazing and full of delicious flavors!
Recipe type: Dinner
  • 1.5 lbs ground beef
  • ¾ cup oats
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Sweet and Tangy Sauce
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons mustard
  • 1 cup chili sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with foil and set aside.
  3. Combine all meatball ingredients together in a large mixing bowl and thoroughly combine and mash ingredients together. Once combined, roll into one inch balls and place on prepared cookie sheet.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 35 minutes or until cooked through.
Sweet and Tangy Sauce
  1. Combine sauce ingredients in a medium sauce pan and stir to combine ingredients. Cook over medium heat for about four minutes stirring constantly.
  2. Pour over meatballs and serve over rice.


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  1. Pat

    This looks delicious and a much easier recipe than mine. Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. danielle

    I am always looking for new ground beef recipes - pinning this one.

  3. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    I want to put that sweet and tangy sauce on everything! That right there is totally up my alley!

  4. Janel

    Any other suggestions for something other than oats? Breadcrumbs or Panko, maybe??

    1. Kathy Fuller

      Janel...when I make meatloaf, I never use oats (nothing against them, I just don't have any most of the time). I always use crushed saltine crackers. In a pinch, I've been known to use crushed Ritz crackers, too. LOL And, I did use bread once. I put a few slices in the food processor and pulsed them up to make fine crumbs. I've never tried Panko, but I think that sounds good, too.

  5. Kathy Fuller

    This sounds delicious!! I'm gonna make two batches....one for us using this recipe, as listed, and one for my parents. My daddy can't eat anything that's too hot or spicy. Anyone have a suggestion for something to switch out the chili sauce? I think I'll try crushed tomatoes with the recipe?? I think it could work.

  6. Sarah

    What is chili sauce? Actual chili from a can, or is there a brand name I might recognize? Thanks:)

    1. Chef in Training

      It is found next to the ketchup- It comes in a bottle. I use the Heinz brand. I hope this helps :)

  7. Celia

    served over rice? I've never had this....what happened to pasta?

  8. Danielle

    I can't wait to try these…do you think they could be made in the crockpot instead? Recommendations on setting and time? Thanks!

  9. Stephanie


    I only needed a tangy sauce for my meatballs this time and it was delicious. The leftover sauce was funneled back into the chili sauce jar for future use. I actually ended up using it with a small amount of mayo for a Shrimp Louie Salad and just gotta say WOW! Can't wait for my next turn at the ladies luncheon to prepare it. Really outstanding!