Welcome to Day #1 of Appetizer Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Kristen from Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker. With the big football game coming up, we wanted to make sure you had plenty of ideas for your game day spread. Each day we will be dishing up a different set of appetizers. We hope you enjoy this fabulous group of recipes. Tune in each day starting with Monday, January 20 and ending on Saturday, January 25. Lots of great prizes will be up for grabs so you do not want to miss one single day. Follow #AppetizerWeek on Twitter to keep up to date with all our amazing recipes and giveaways!

      Microwave BBQ Meatballs -- From Gate to Plate #appetizerweek #OXO

I love fall… not so much winter, but fall I love because of a couple reasons. Cool weather and football {which just happens to lead into the winter months}. I’m a huge football fanatic! Nothing beats a setting-on-the-edge-of-your-seat nail biter… cheering on your favorite team in a close game. I’m all for the nail-biters!! Makes things so much more interesting… I mean who really enjoys watching blowouts?? Not me!

This year has had it’s ups and downs for a lot of teams… both college and NFL. I mean dang… Alabama wasn’t even in the National Championship? Say what?! Ohh and the Chiefs came back with a killer record after a losing season last year… despite their horrible playing against the Broncos and Colts this year to have them knocked out of the playoffs… Ugh! But regardless of the ups and downs of the football season, one thing stays the same and that’s the amazing food! Whether you’re tailgating or cheering on from the couch, great food is a must!

This is where my {Microwave} BBQ Meatballs and the rest of appetizers participating in appetizer week come into play. Absolutely amazing food! You’re going to want to run to your kitchen and get started… seriously… and you should! :)

One might wonder, “The microwave?” Yes. The microwave. You’re actually cooking them (which only takes 5 minutes per batch) and then transferring to a serving dish or the crockpot. Personally, I always go the crockpot route and pour over the BBQ Sauce. That way they stay warm and you and your guests can get them whenever. If you don’t want to transfer them to the crockpot, simply place in a serving dish and pour over BBQ Sauce and return to microwave so the sauce can fully glaze the meatballs. Serve with toothpicks. Simple right? Yup, that’s what I thought hehehe :)

Microwave BBQ Meatballs -- From Gate to Plate

{Microwave} BBQ Meatballs
Yields 50
A quick and easy appetizer that will easily double as a main dish.
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  1. 1 pound ground beef
  2. 1 small onion, minced
  3. 1 egg
  4. 2 tablespoons dry bread crumbs
  5. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  6. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  8. 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  9. 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce, your favorite
  10. 1/2 cup catsup
  11. 1/4 cup water
  1. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, onion, egg, bread crumbs, garlic powder, salt and pepper, mixing thoroughly.
  2. Shape into 1-inch meatballs.
  3. Arrange meatballs in a single layer in a glass 8x8 square baking dish (or one that fits into your microwave). Cover with waxed paper.
  4. Microwave (HIGH) for 5-6 minutes or until set (the meatballs will turn a gray color and firm up), rotating dish once (unless your microwave automatically rotates); place in a crockpot or set aside.
  5. Repeat until all meatballs have been cooked.
  6. Combine brown sugar, BBQ sauce, catsup and water in a glass measuring cup; mix well.
  7. Microwave (HIGH) sauce, uncovered, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until boiling.
  8. Pour sauce over meatballs in the crockpot or transfer the meatballs to a serving dish and pour sauce over the meatballs.
  9. **If using a serving dish, microwave (HIGH), uncovered, 6 to 7 minutes or until glazed with sauce, stirring 2 or 3 times.
  10. Serve with toothpicks.
  1. **Use a small cookie scoop to make uniform meatballs**
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