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Garlic and Honey Meatballs

Fresh meatballs, wrapped in a tangy kicked up sauce that's perfect over rice, or served as an appetizer!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer, garlic, honey, main dish, meatballs
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 593kcal
Author: Admin



  • 2 lbs ground beef 85% lean
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 C ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 C cornmeal or substitute - bread crumbs


  • 1/4 C brown sugar
  • 1/3 C honey
  • 1 C ketchup
  • 4 tsp minced garlic
  • 4 Tbsp soy sauce


  • In a medium bowl, mix the ground beef, eggs, allspice, salt, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce or soy-free alternative, and cornmeal.
  • Form the mixture into small meatballs and set aside on a lined plate or platter.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the sugar, honey, ketchup, garlic, and soy or soy-free alternative, just until combined.
  • To cook in the oven:  Place the meatballs in a lined baking pan and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove, and pour the sauce over the meatballs - cover the baking dish with foil and return to the oven for 10 minutes.
  • To cook in the Instant Pot: Place the meatballs in the Instant Pot.  Add the sauce + an additional 4 Tbsp of water to the bottom of the Instant Pot. Place the lid on the Instant Pot, seal the valve, and cook for 4 minutes at high (manual) pressure. Release pressure and serve atop rice.
  • To cook in the Crock Pot: Brown your meatballs in the oven for 10 minutes at 350, then remove and place in a 6qt crock pot. Pour sauce over the meatballs and carefully mix until all meatballs are coated. Cook on low, 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally.


Feel free to adapt the recipe to use frozen meatballs.Coconut palm sugar can be used in lieu of brown sugar using the same measurements.


Calories: 593kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 162mg | Sodium: 1500mg | Potassium: 700mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 336IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 4mg