Thanksgiving Meatballs with Cranberry Barbeque Sauce

November 22, 2011

When I told Lucas we were having meatballs for dinner he got super excited.


Typical man with his meat-manly meals.

You should have seen his face when he saw the ground turkey package. Muah ha ha!

I know, I know. Evil right? But for some weird reason I’m not a huge fan of beef meatballs. I don’t know what it is about them, but I could go my whole life without eating them (unless we’re talking about a meatball sub…then I’m all over it…don’t ask). Same goes for a hamburger. I probably eat half a hamburger in an entire year.



But I could eat turkey meatballs and turkey burgers all day long.

In fact I did. Eat turkey meatballs all day long.

You’d think I’d be avoiding turkey like the plague, holding out for the big feast. But no. I don’t work like that. I get obsessed with one ingredient, i.e. turkey, pumpkin, cranberries, and I go crazy with it until I can’t stand to look at it anymore.


Kind of like I did with blue eye shadow when I was 15.

Or when I used to binge on Venti Americanos with Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup.

And I’m starting to get to that point with pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin, and pumpkin.

Holy lord! …Did I mention that I’m making P-U-M-P-K-I-N pie for Thanksgiving.


Good thing I’m not turkied out yet!

Or cranberried out for that matter.

(Do those two sentences even make sense)


Thanksgiving Meatballs with Cranberry Barbeque Sauce
adapted from Spoon Fork Bacon

1 pound ground turkey
1/3 cup oats
1/3 cup bread crumbs
1 egg
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons dried sage
1 tablespoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon garlic salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.

Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, using your hands mix until ingredients are fully combined and incorporated. Turkey mixture might be slightly sticky, but roll into a ball as best as you can. I just ended up making “drop meatballs”. Place meatballs on baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes or until meatballs are browned and turkey is cooked.

Cranberry Barbeque Sauce
8 ounces cranberries
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup molasses
3 tablespoons syrup
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Place cranberries through brown sugar in to a saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook for 10 minutes, continuously stirring. Cranberries will start to plump up and burst.

Add the last three ingredients and simmer sauce for another 30 minutes, making sure that cranberries have all popped. The sauce will thicken and reduce. Serve with meatballs.

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