Local Dish: Game Day Meatballs

by | Feb 4, 2016

Game Day Meatballs

We’ve noticed that Super Bowl excitement is at a higher level than usual as fans can’t wait to cheer on our very own Carolina Panthers to a Super Bowl win. To get ready for Sunday’s big game, we thought we would share a delicious meatball recipe. This appetizer would be great for watching the game at home or to take to a gathering. Serve right out of the crock pot or make the meatballs a little larger and cook a little longer and serve on sub rolls for game day meatball subs.

We suggest trying a Got to Be NC barbecue sauce to make the meatballs even more “Carolina-friendly.” Just look for the Got to Be NC or Goodness Grows in North Carolina logo on products at your grocery store.

Game Day Meatballs


  • 1 1⁄2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 cup corn flakes (crumbled)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire
  • 1⁄4 cup ketchup
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1⁄4 cup fresh parsley (chopped )


  • 1 can whole cranberry sauce
  • 1 bottle thick and chunky barbecue sauce
  • 1⁄2 cup brown sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together the first 10 ingredients until well combined but do not over mix. Scoop out the meat mixture using a tablespoon. Shape into a ball about 1 inch in diameter. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until brown, turning once while baking. While the meatballs are cooking, mix together the sauce and heat in a large pot or crock pot. Add the cooked meatballs and heat for about 30 minutes before serving.

Go Panthers! Keep Pounding!