Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs with Rolled Oats

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Hey y’all! Are you excited yet! It’s holiday time!! I love, love, love the holidays! I plan for the holidays all year, writing down Christmas party plans in the morning over coffee and a bowl of hot cereal.

My family has strong Christmas traditions. We spend each Christmas crammed into my grandparents den with a fire roaring behind my Papa while he hands out the gifts and the children playing in the glow of their giant Christmas tree all decked out entirely in glass ornaments. When the presents have all been opened and you can’t see the floor for the crumbled paper and shiny bows the men can be found napping on the sofa while Christmas carols play on the TV.

It is then that us ladies head up to the kitchen to get dinner on the table. We set the table with ham and turkey and all the trimmings. Each year I like to bring a different appetizer, something new to bring to the holidays.

My husband and I also have a holiday tradition of going to Target during the holidays, getting some coffee and walking around doing a little Christmas shopping and picking out a new ornament. This year while doing our annual Target Christmas trip I noticed these Winter themed Quaker Oat canisters exclusively at Target and of course I had to pick one up!

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When planning what I was going to bring to Christmas this year my mind kept going back to the Quaker Oats, and I knew I had to use them in my appetizer recipe. Then I remembered how yummy oatmeal is in meatballs and just like that the perfect holiday appetizer was born. Yummy meatballs made even more delicious with the addition of oatmeal smothered in a cranberry barbeque sauce sounded like the perfect holiday snack to me.

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Mix up the meatball mixture. The oatmeal helps bind the meatballs, keep them moist and stretch them.


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Roll the meatballs and place them in a baking dish.


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Take the meatballs out halfway through the cooking process to drain.


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Pour the sauce over the meatballs.
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Baked to perfection!!

The meatballs come out perfect thanks to the addition of the oatmeal (plus the oatmeal helps the meatballs go further). The sauce is the perfect spin on that classic barbecue/grape jelly sauce, a little sweet, a little tangy, the right combination of flavors that everyone loves. A few pretzels as a skewer completed this festive dish. They were a hit!

Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs with Rolled Oats

Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs with Rolled Oats


  • Meatballs
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 3/4 cup Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons very finely minced onion
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • Plenty of ground black pepper
  • Sauce
  • 3/4 cup cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 cup your favorite barbecue sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar


  1. Mix all the meatball ingredients together and form into balls.
  2. Place into a pyrex baking dish and bake at 350 degrees until slightly browned 15 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven and drain off any grease.
  4. Mix the sauce ingredients and pour over the meatballs.
  5. Place the meatballs back into the oven for another 10-15 minutes until cooked through and bubbly.
  6. Remove from oven.
  7. Skewer with pretzel sticks and serve!

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I highly recommended making these for your holiday get togethers. Did I forget to mention the best part? You can make these right in the oven or the slow cooker! Who doesn’t love a slow cooker recipe?

So this holiday season while you are enjoying your family traditions, introduce a new one with these Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs with Rolled Oats.

Wait!  I do have a little holiday gift for you!  Right now you can you can get a $1.50 off Quaker Oats coupon to use at Target HERE. Happy Holidays!

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What are some of your favorite holiday traditions and recipes?

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  1. What a fun recipe idea for meatballs, that sauce looks amazing. I love your holiday tradition with your grandparents, sounds like a wonderful family.

  2. What a unique and awesome recipe! I love baking with oats during the holidays, but I’ve never used oats in meatballs before. I think these would be a great addition to our Christmas table this year. Thanks for sharing! #client

    1. I love using the oats in my meatballs and meatloaf, makes such a difference too!! I love baking with them too, I am thinking a need a big batch of oatmeal cookies right about now!

  3. Why do you need the milk in there? Is there a substitute. I have Kosher friends who cannot combine dairy with meat. I just didn’t know what the purpose of the milk is. Thank you so much in advance for your answer.

    1. The milk is what softens the oats and turns it into a binder. I am not sure but you could try substituting the milk for another liquid like beef broth. I have not done that so I cannot say if it will work or not.

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