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Korean BBQ Meatballs make the perfect game day recipe! Football season is here and that means a lot of food, fun and family in our house! If football is on, we are watching… and eating . Come see what is on my game day menu today!
NOTE- This is an old sponsored post, the recipe has been updated and does NOT include the chips or soda. Scroll to see recipe card below.
Korean BBQ Meatballs
Family Football Game Day Recipes
Even though football is just pre-season right now, we still treat every game day like it is a big deal. For us, football season is one of the only times we all get together as a family. Everyone is usually busy with work, school, activities and such so when Sunday (and occasionally Thursday and Monday night) comes we all gather together in the living room surrounded by good food and a game.
I remember watching my first Super Bowl when I was 8, in 1986, with my dad and a few family members. I use to ask him all kinds of questions and actually remember the first time I finally understood what was going on in the game. That particular game I said ” They should go for the 2 point conversion here, that one extra point could save them later”. My dad laughed, said “wow nice job” and high five’d me. I have been watching ever since and have been blessed with a husband and girls who also love to watch football.
Food, Fun, Family
I come from a large Greek family which I am certain actually translates to “food”. I was brought up around family that cooks a full spread whether two people are visiting or twenty. My grandmother use to do all the cooking for game days because she was not interested in watching the game. Unlike her, I have to be sitting down in front of the t.v before kick off.
The Game Day Menu
I decided to make slow cooker meatballs and a fun, refreshing drink. Off to Family Dollar I went. First thing I noticed was all the flavors of Fanta available. They looked so pretty in those vibrant colors, I couldn’t resist and I knew exactly what I was going to do with them. A deconstructed “punch” of sorts.
Berry Good “Punch”- Simply pour your flavor choices of Fanta into an ice cube tray and freeze. When ready, add to Sprite! The ice cubes melt and slowly infuse into the Sprite, plus they look really cool!
I used Strawberry and Berry Fanta as those are our team colors. PS- this cute ice cube tray was hanging right near the Fanta in the same aisle at Family Dollar!
I always set out chips and dip, but occasionally use the chips in my game day recipe as well. They add a lot of flavor and crunch so are great for coating chicken or using in place of bread crumbs, like in this meatball recipe.
Slow Cooker Korean BBQ Meatballs
(Full recipe below in printable recipe card)
Combine ground pork and ground beef in a bowl with egg, diced onions, crushed Wise Golden Original chips and seasonings. Roll into 2″ balls and place on a cookie sheet. Bake on 400 for 15 minutes.
Note* This is a slow cooker recipe, however I pre-cook the meatballs to speed up the process. Meatballs then simmer in the slow cooker.
Mix all sauce ingredients in a bowl until well combined. Slowly pour in orange Fanta, mix again.
RECIPE NOTE- this post was an old sponsored post for Fanta, we have re-written the recipe to exclude it.
Add sauce, meatballs and green onion to slow cooker. Set to high for one hour, reduce to “keep warm” or lowest setting to hold.
I am by no means a video expert, but I like to provide a quick video. One day we will master video!
Game Day Display
To serve the meatballs simply set the slow cooker out with small plates, forks/toothpicks and napkins or make a simple game day display with a few items also found at Family Dollar- chalk, black poster board and construction paper.
Use the black poster board (non shiny side) as a “chalkboard menu” and create a construction paper bunting decoration in your team colors! Simply cut triangles, hole punch the corners and string up with ribbon.
Set the game day menu board out with your food on display for some added decoration and fun!
- 1/2 lb each- ground pork & beef
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup bread crumbs
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- For the sauce:
- 1 cup BBQ, basic vinegar style
- 1 cup low sodium beef broth
- 1/2 cup Teriyaki sauce
- 1/2 cup Hoisin
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- pinch of pepper
- Pre heat oven to 400.
- Mix all meatball ingredients into a bowl until well combined.
- Roll into 2" balls and place on a sheet pan.
- Bake 15 minutes.
- Prepare sauce:
- Add all sauce ingredients into a bowl. Whisk until sugar is dissolved.
- Pour into slow cooker.
- Add cooked meatballs and green onion. Mix well.
- Place slow cooker on high for 1 hour.
- Reduce to "keep warm" or lowest setting to hold.
There is intentionally no salt added to this recipe. The chips season the meatballs and the sauces can be high in sodium.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 250