Simple BBQ Meatballs

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We’ve said more than once that the key to spending more time playing in the snow is to have a few quick and delicious meals that can be put together without too much effort.

This simple recipe fits that category. It’s nearly as easy as making store-bought meatballs and tastes so much better after a day spent outside.



  • 1 kg of lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon of Chinese Five Spices (optional)


  • 1 tbsp of oil
  • 1 small onion diced coarsely
  • 1 cup of mushrooms sliced
  • 1 cup of green peppers chopped coarsely
  • 3 cloves of garlic chopped


  • ¼ cup of brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup of honey
  • ½ cup of ketchup
  • ¾ cup of water


This recipe works great on the stovetop for those last-minute dinners or in the slow cooker when you’re planning ahead, knowing that you’ll be coming back home hungry from your adventure.


  1. In a bowl mix the ground beef and Chinese five-spice and form balls. Cook in a frying pan over medium heat until they are cooked, about 10 minutes (this is completely dependent on the size of meatballs you chose to make).
  2. Drain the fat and add the meatballs to the sauce and veggies.
  3. While the meat is cooking, cook the veggies in a thick-bottomed pot over medium heat until the onions and mushrooms soften up. Add the ingredients for the sauce and mix well. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer, adding the cooked meatballs. Let simmer for about 10-15 minutes, until the sauce has reached the desired thickness.


  1. In a bowl mix the ground beef and Chinese five-spice and form balls. Sear in a frying pan, drain the fat and add the meatballs to the slow cooker.
  2. In your slow cooker, add the veggies and ingredients for the sauce and mix well. Add the cooked meatballs and set to cook for 4 hours.
  3. Sometimes it’s easier to set it up before heading out in the morning rather than at lunchtime. This recipe works well for this, just add an extra ½ cup of water and set to cook for 8 hours.

Serve with rice or mashed potatoes and enjoy!

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