Mom’s BBQ Ham Balls

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Today I was thinking back about recipes that have been a “must learn how to make” in our family.  BBQ Ham Balls is such a recipe.  I think as kids we always thought is was Swedish ham balls, but somewhere along the way mom corrected that notion and said the original recipe was called BBQ Ham Balls.

When I was growing up, this was our “holiday” meal.  Mom added scalloped potatoes, Jell-O salad and vegetables to the meal.  When my brothers left home and got married, I remember both of them asking for this recipe. To this day, it is a family favorite in all of our homes!

Mom’s Barbecued Ham Balls

1 lb. ground ham

1 ½ lb. ground pork

1 cup cracker crumbs

2 eggs beaten

1 cup milk

Mix above ingredients and make into small meatballs, about the size of a golf ball.  Place side by side in baking dish.


3/4 cup brown sugar

½ cup water

½ cup vinegar

1 tablespoon dry mustard

Bring sauce ingredients to a boil.  Pour over ham balls in a shallow pan.  Bake at 325 degrees uncovered for 2 hours.  Over-baking dries liquid up fast.

Meatballs can be made up and frozen. When ready to use – just make the sauce and pop it all in the oven!

Deuteronomy 29:29  “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever.”

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