Recipe: Holiday mini beef meatball skewers with cranberry barbecue sauce

Great holiday appetizer recipe from our friends at Beef Loving Texans


SAN ANTONIO – It’s a warm and savory bite to awaken everyone’s hunger for those big holiday meals.

Beef Loving Texans is sharing a great holiday appetizer recipe idea with hearty meatballs in a savory cranberry barbecue sauce. Check out the recipe below.

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Holiday Mini Beef Meatball Skewers with Cranberry Barbecue Sauce


  • 1 pound ground beef (96% lean)
  • 1 cup grated fresh zucchini
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 small onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 red bell peppers, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 green bell peppers, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces

Cranberry Barbecue Sauce Ingredients:

  • · 1 can (16 ounces) whole berry cranberry sauce
  • · 3 tablespoons barbecue sauce


Preheat oven to 400°F. Combine ground beef, zucchini, egg, salt and pepper in medium bowl, mixing lightly, but thoroughly. Shape into 24 meatballs, 1 inch in diameter. Alternately thread meatballs, red peppers, green peppers and onions onto each of twelve 6-inch skewers. Place skewers on shallow-rimmed baking sheet.

Cooking Tip: Cover shallow-rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean-up.

Bake 22 to 25 minutes or until instant-read thermometer inserted into center of meatball registers 160°F. Tip Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.

Meanwhile, combine cranberry sauce and barbecue sauce in medium saucepan; simmer 5 minutes or until flavors are blended. Drizzle sauce over skewers or serve as dipping sauce, if desired.

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