Slow Cooker Barbecue Meatball Subs
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Slow Cooker Barbecue Meatball Subs are sub sandwiches filled with easy dump and go slow cooker barbecue meatballs!
The slow cooker has to be one of the greatest inventions of all time…maybe that’s why I own 2? I use it year round because it always makes meal time so much easier.
Sometimes I do some prep on the stove top beforehand, but not this time. These Slow Cooker Barbecue Meatballs don’t require you to brown the meatballs before adding them to the slow cooker, which saves you even more time.
And less dishes to wash, because that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? 🙂
This meal does require you to make homemade barbecue sauce, but it really couldn’t be simpler.
I picked up some Hunt’s tomato sauce and tomato paste at my local Walmart store, added a few other pantry staples to flavor up the sauce, and it was ready to go!
The best part about making your own barbecue sauce is that you can customize it to your liking, and you know every single ingredient that’s in it.
Here we’ve got Worcestershire sauce, honey, apple cider vinegar, onion powder, and garlic powder to go along with our Hunt’s tomato sauce and paste.
As for the meatballs, I love using ground turkey, but you can use any kind of ground meat. Turkey does have a tendency to become dry, so I’ve added some milk, panko breadcrumbs, and fresh onion to keep them nice and moist.
And here’s a little kitchen hack to make things easier — I grated my onion for the meatballs. Not only is it easier than chopping the onion, but the onion is in smaller pieces so there aren’t big chunks of onion in your little meatballs.
The grated onion also cooks up much more quickly while it helps keeps the meatballs moist and juicy.
To me, there’s nothing worse then biting into a meatball and encountering a big piece of onion that’s on the crunchy side, so this hack will keep this from happening!
I mentioned earlier that browning these slow cooker barbecue meatballs on the stove top isn’t required, because sometimes I just want to be able to pop everything into the slow cooker without doing a whole lot.
And you can also make the sauce ahead of time, and form the meatballs ahead of time as well!
This meal just aims to please. 🙂
Just mix up the ingredients in one big bowl, form them into 1 1/2″ meatballs, and pop the meatballs into your greased crockpot. I poured the sauce right over the top, and cooked them on high for almost 4 hours.
I grabbed my sub rolls in Walmart’s bakery department as well. When the meatballs were done, I simply preheated my broiler, split the rolls, filled them with meatballs, and placed them on a baking sheet.
I topped the meatballs with a bit more sauce and cheese, then placed them under the broiler until the cheese had melted and the roll was nice and toasty.
My kids were extremely excited about this meal — what’s not to love? It’s the perfect low maintenance meal for busy weeknights and it’s nice knowing that the whole family will love it as it really appeals to picky eaters.
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