Want something with some zing and spice? These BBQ Chorizo Meatballs are a fun twist on the classic Italian style or even simple barbecue family favorite.
While out and about the other night, we enjoyed some great appetizers at a local tavern. The kind so good you want to come home and immediately recreate your own version of it. That is exactly where these meatballs come from. The restaurant meatballs were mild and sweet. I wanted something with some zing and spice. I also added some rice and bread crumbs to bulk up the recipe a bit and make it more of a meal, instead of just a starter. These BBQ Chorizo Meatball are a fun twist on the classic Italian style or even simple barbecue family favorite. If your guests can handle the heat, these would be a blast for a Cinco de Mayo celebration.
Grab the chorizo. It’s time to dress up your average
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Personally, I think that Chorizo is terribly underused. I love it’s flavor and have been having a blast playing with it lately. Check out these recipes for more ideas!
- 1 lbs chorizo removed from casing
- 1/2 cup cooked rice
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs
- 1 large red sweet pepper diced
- 1/2 onion diced
- 2 tbs fresh cilantro chopped
- salt and pepper
- 1 cup barbecue sauce
- 1 tbs brown sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Using your hands, mix the chorizo, rice, breadcrumbs, pepper, onion, cilantro and salt and pepper (if desired) in a large bowl. Dividing into 10 portions and roll into balls.
- In a small saucepan over medium low heat, mix the barbecue sauce and brown sugar until heated.
- Place on a greased baking dish and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until cooked through, basting once or twice with some of the barbecue sauce.
- Remove from oven and serve with remaining barbecue sauce poured over top.