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BBQ Porcupine Meatballs

By Mariealicerayner @MarieRynr
BBQ Porcupine Meatballs 
I think I have always loved Porcupine Meatballs.  They are so called because the raw rice that you mix into them swells when they are cooking and looks like little prickles sticking out all over when they are done! 
BBQ Porcupine Meatballs 
Ordinarily Porcupine Meatballs are cooked with a tin of tomato soup, but today I decided to mix things up a bit and give them a BBQ sauce to bake in, with MOST delicious results.  We love, LOVE BBQ!
BBQ Porcupine Meatballs 
These meatballs are so easy to make.  You simply mix everything together in a bowl and shape into balls.  There is no cooking involved, no browing, and because they are made with rice, they are also gluten free.
BBQ Porcupine Meatballs 
The sauce is also very easy to make.  You just whisk everything together and pour it over the balls. No cooking involved there either.  And, if you use gluten free ketchup and mustard, the sauce is also gluten free, making for a totally gluten free, delicious entree!
BBQ Porcupine Meatballs 
I looked to my mother for inspiration with the sauce.  She always used to cook leftover ham in a similar sauce, for sweet and sour ham, and so I largely leaned on that when making up my sauce. I didn't add any herbs to it like she always did, however.
BBQ Porcupine Meatballs 
Wait, I lied . . .  there is a bit of dry parsley in the meatballs.  I have used grated onion, but you could just as easily use onion powder.
BBQ Porcupine Meatballs 
Just form the meatballs, pour over the sauce, cover with foil and bake.  Its as simple as that.  I like to uncover them for the last fifteen minutes to color them up a tiny bit.
BBQ Porcupine Meatballs 
They are absolutely flipping delicious!  I kid you not.  I think I am going to throw about the tomato soup recipe and make them like this from now on!
BBQ Porcupine Meatballs 
I just love it when I experiment  with recipes like this and they turns out so successfully.  They don't always.  Sometimes I have some pretty spectacular failures.  That's the name of the game. When they do work out, however, all I can say is WOW! I hope you will try these tasty concoctions! I think you are going to love, LOVE them!
BBQ Porcupine Meatballs 
*BBQ Porcupine Meatballs*Serves 4Printable Recipe 
A rif on an old favorite that turned out quite delicious! The recipe can be successfully cut in half. 
Meatballs:500g extra lean ground beef (1 1/4 pound)105 uncooked long grain rice (1/2 cup)60ml water (1/4 cup)1/2 small onion, peeled and grated1/2 tsp salt1/2 tsp black pepper1/2 tsp dried parsley flakes1/4 tsp garlic powder1/4 tsp paprika 
Sauce:245g tomato sauce, ketchup (1 cup)180ml water (3/4 cup)60ml cider vinegar (1/4 cup)2 TBS worcestershire sauce2 TBS regular BBQ Sauce, your favorite brand50g soft light brown sugar (1/4 cup, packed)1 TBS Dijon mustard1 tsp onion powder1/4 tsp garlic powder1/2 tsp paprika1/2 tsp salt1/2 tsp celery salt1/4 tsp black pepper
BBQ Porcupine Meatballs 
Preheat the oven to 190*C/375*F/ gas mark 5.  Have ready an 11 inch by 7 inch baking dish.  Set aside. 
Whisk together all of the sauce ingredients until smooth.  Pour into the baking dish. 
Lightly mix together all of the ingredients for the meatballs. Gently shape into 12 meatballs.  Place into the baking dish, turning to coat them in the sauce. Cover tightly with foil.  Place onto a baking tray (just in case it boils over) and  bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour, uncover and bake for 15 minutes longer, or until the rice is tender.  Serve hot. 
BBQ Porcupine Meatballs 
I served these with some baked jacket potatoes and English peas.  They went down a real treat!  I just know they are destined to become a favorite with you as well!!  Bon Appetit!

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