“These meatballs are excellent for a pot luck.  They are delicious by themselves,  Placed on top of Rice and Mashed Potato’s, Place them on a hoagie bun with Mozzarella cheese or even provolone or Swiss cheese.  My whole family loves these.  You can make these two ways for your convenience!”



  • 3 pounds Beef
  • 2 Eggs-Slightly beaten
  • 4/5 ounces evaporated milk
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder (you can use more or less depending on your own tastes)
  • 1/2 to a cup chopped onion

The Sauce Ingredients

  • 2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoon liquid smoke flavoring
  • 1 1/2 cup water (omit this if you bake the meatballs)


  • In a bowl, mix beef, egg, oats, evaporated milk, salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, and 1/2 cup onion. Form into 1 1/2 inch balls and arrange in a single layer in the baking dish.

  • If using the crock pot method.  Place them directly into the crock pot after forming the meatball.
  • In a separate bowl, mix ketchup, garlic, sugar, 1/4 cup onion, and liquid smoke. Pour evenly over the meatballs.

Crock pot Directions:

  • Crock Pot baking directions: Place meatballs in the crock pot and then cover with sauce. Then add one and a half cups water. It will look like you have really diluted it too much. Don’t worry about this. It gets thick toward the end. Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours.

Oven Directions:

  • Oven Baking Directions: Preheat oven to 350º.  Lightly grease a medium baking dish. Bake with meatballs only (no sauce) for 20 to 25 minutes. After 25 minutes pour the sauce over the meatballs and bake an additional 30 to 35 minutes. Checking frequently. Bake on middle rack. Sometimes it is done before the 30 minutes is over.

Recipe Tips:

  • Use Melon Ballers or a Ice Cream scoop to get uniform meatballs.
  • Wet your hands/fingers after every three or four meatballs.
  •  You can also make these in a electric skillet to keep the meatballs warm.  Take tooth picks and have them as appetizers.