BBQ Meatballs with Cheese Grits

BBQ Meatballs with Cheese Grits is the perfect cozy meal for for crisp fall evenings, football games, and afternoons spent raking leaves. The post BBQ Meatballs with Cheese Grits appeared first on Budget Bytes.

BBQ Meatballs with Cheese Grits

It’s officially cozy comfort food time! These BBQ Meatballs with Cheese Grits are the perfect mix of tangy BBQ sauce, juicy meatballs, and rich and creamy cheese grits to create all those cozy vibes. And if you’ve never had cheese grits before, definitely go check out my cheese grits blog post because they’re a delicious southern staple that can be topped with all sorts of delicious goodies. And today’s delicious goodies are BBQ meatballs. ;)

What to Serve with BBQ Meatballs and Cheese Grits

This is a pretty rich bowl of deliciousness on its own, so I highly suggest pairing it with something green to balance out the weight of the meal. I paired my BBQ Meatballs and Cheese Grits with Jerk Seasoned Collard Greens. The jerk seasoning pairs perfectly with the tangy BBQ sauce. You could also pair this dish with Roasted Broccoli, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Vegetarian Mustard Greens, or Braised Red Cabbage.

Can I Use a Different Meat?

Yes, if you do not eat pork you can definitely substitute with a different type of ground meat. Ground beef or turkey will both work great for this recipe. I highly suggest using ground meat that has a slightly higher percent fat to keep the meatballs moist and tender.

What Kind of BBQ Sauce Do you Suggest?

I’m an equal opportunity BBQ sauce lover, so I don’t really have a favorite. For this particular dish, I’d probably go for something smoky or honey flavored, both of which will pair well with the cheddar cheese in the grits. I would probably avoid anything pineapple or teriyaki flavored.

If you want to try making your own BBQ sauce, check out my Homemade BBQ Sauce recipe.

A fork cutting into a bbq meatball on a bed of cheese grits
Overhead view of a bowl of cheese grits with bbq meatballs and collard greens

BBQ Meatballs with Cheese Grits

BBQ Meatballs with Cheese Grits is the perfect cozy meal for crisp fall evenings, football games, and afternoons spent raking leaves.
Total Cost $7.74 recipe . /$1.94 serving
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 841kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

BBQ Meatballs

  • 1 lb. ground pork $3.49
  • 1 large egg $0.21
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs $0.07
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce, divided $0.54
  • 1/2 tsp salt $0.02
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika $0.05
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder $0.02

Cheese Grits

  • 2 cups chicken broth $0.26
  • 2 cups milk $1.25
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder $0.02
  • 1 cup quick cooking grits $0.49
  • 1/4 tsp salt $0.02
  • 2 Tbsp butter $0.18
  • 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper $0.02
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar $1.15

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Add the ground pork, egg, breadcrumbs, 2 Tbsp BBQ sauce, salt, smoked paprika, and garlic powder to a bowl. Use your hands to mix the seasoning into the pork until everything is well combined.
  • Divide and shape the pork mixture into 16 meatballs about the size of ping pong balls. Place the meatballs on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Transfer the meatballs to the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until browned and cooked through.
  • While the meatballs are baking, prepare the cheese grits. Combine the chicken broth, milk, and garlic powder in a medium saucepot. Place a lid on top and bring it up to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally to prevent the milk from scorching.
  • Once boiling, stir in the quick cooking grits and salt. Turn the heat down to medium-low and let the grits simmer for about 5 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove the grits from the heat and stir in the butter and pepper. Next, stir in the shredded cheddar, one handful at a time, until fully melted into the grits.
  • Once the meatballs have finished baking, add them to a clean bowl and pour the remaining BBQ sauce over top. Stir to combine. The heat from the meatballs will warm the BBQ sauce. If your BBQ sauce is cold from refrigeration, you may want to heat the meatballs and sauce in a saucepot over low for a few minutes.
  • To serve, place about one cup of the cheese grits in the bottom of a bowl. Top with four meatballs and some of the BBQ sauce. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 841kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 46g | Sodium: 2010mg | Fiber: 3g

How to Make BBQ Meatballs with Cheese Grits – Step by Step Photos

meatball ingredients in a bowl

Preheat the oven to 375ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Add 1 lb. ground pork, 1 large egg, ¼ cup breadcrumbs, 2 Tbsp BBQ sauce, ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp smoked paprika, and ¼ tsp freshly cracked pepper to a large bowl. Mix the ingredients together until well combined.

raw, shaped meatballs on the baking sheet

Divide and shape the pork mixture into 16 meatballs roughly the size of ping pong balls. Transfer the meatballs to the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until browned and cooked through.

Milk being poured into a pot with chicken broth

While the meatballs are baking, prepare the cheese grits. Add 2 cups chicken broth, 2 cups milk, and ¼ tsp garlic powder to a medium sauce pot. Bring the liquid up to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.

grits being poured into the pot with the milk and broth

As soon as the liquid reaches a boil, stir in 1 cup quick cooking grits and ¼ tsp salt. Turn the heat down to medium-low and let the grits simmer for about five minutes, or until thickened.

butter and pepper added to the grits

Remove the grits from the heat and stir in 2 Tbsp butter and ¼ tsp freshly cracked black pepper.

Shredded cheddar being added to grits

Finally, stir in a handful of the shredded cheddar at a time until fully melted, repeating until all of the cheese has been added (1 cup total).

Baked meatballs on the baking sheet

Remove the baked meatballs from the oven and transfer them to a large bowl.

BBQ sauce coated meatballs in a bowl with a spatula

Pour the remaining BBQ sauce (about 1 cup) over the meatballs and stir to combine. The heat from the meatballs will warm the BBQ sauce. If your BBQ sauce was cold from refrigeration, you may want to do this in a sauce pot over low heat to help heat the sauce.

close up side view of bbq meatballs on cheese grits

To serve, place about 1 cup cheese grits in a bowl and top with 4 meatballs plus some of the sauce. Enjoy!

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Honey mustard salmon is the perfect blend of tangy and delicious. It’s tender and flaky and it completely falls apart on your fork! This tried and true recipe is one that your family will go crazy for!

Salmon is an amazing entree for any occasion. The honey mustard dressing really just takes it to the next level! It is quick and easy and leaves you time to make sides for the meal like this delicious Creamy Strawberry Broccoli Salad, amazing Hawaiian Sweet Rolls, and some delicious Grilled Asparagus.

Baked salmon in a casserole dish.

Honey Mustard Salmon

If you are looking for a meal that will impress all of your friends and family, look no more! This honey mustard salmon is a recipe for the books! It takes about 5 minutes to make…I mean, it doesn’t get much better than that! And not only does it taste restaurant-worthy, but it also looks absolutely incredible. With that golden, pink color topped with some fresh herbs, it will look as if it were made by a professional chef.

I used to think that salmon was only for fancy meals and it intimidated me! It seemed like a recipe that should be saved for special occasions because I thought that it was complicated to make! But I was wrong and I’m so glad that I was! This honey mustard salmon only used FOUR ingredients and it will blow your socks off! The texture is perfect and the taste is tangy but has a little bit of sweet honey to balance it out. It’s a MUST try for your family! They will go crazy over it!

Ingredients Used in This Salmon

Like I said before, only 4 ingredients are needed to make this must-have honey mustard salmon! It’s so simple that I’m sure it will end up on your regular dinner rotation! See the recipe card below for a list of exact ingredient measurements!

  • Salmon filets: Don’t go for the cheapest ones at the market. Get a good quality filet!
  • Salt and pepper: To use for added seasoning.
  • Homemade Honey Mustard: This recipe is amazing and takes 5 minutes to make. It’s so delicious that you will never buy it at the store again!
  • Dill: Use some chopped dill oto garnish and add some tangy flavor.
Salmon filets being basted before being cooked.

How to Make Honey Mustard Salmon

If you can set aside 25 minutes, that’s all you will need before you are eating this amazing salmon! It takes only a few minutes of prep work and then the rest of the time, you are just waiting for it to bake!

  1. Prep and bake: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lay the salmon skin side down and top with salt and pepper.
  2. Add the glaze: Brush the glaze on the salmon and bake for 17-20 minutes until salmon is cooked through.
  3. Serve: Brush more honey mustard on the salmon 5 minutes before it’s done baking. Let sit for 5 minutes and serve warm.

Tips for Baking Salmon

There are a few things that you want to watch for as you cook up your salmon. If you do these things and follow these tips, your salmon will turn out JUST right!

  • Pick out the right salmon: If you don’t get this step right, there isn’t much hope for it turning out well! Make sure that when you are picking out your salmon that you don’t go for the cheapest one. You want a good quality filet. The best way to tell if its good salmon is to smell it! If it smells fishy (or anything NOT good) then don’t buy it or take it back! Fresh salmon won’t have a strong smell to it.
  • Don’t overcook: Salmon finishes cooking AFTER you take it out of the oven. So if you let it cook to long in the oven, it will continue to cook and be overdone after you take it out! You want to take it out of the oven before it flakes apart and is still a bit raw in the middle. Then, as it continues cooking while you wait to eat it, it will fall apart just perfectly on your fork!
  • Dressing: This homemade honey mustard dressing is a MUST when baking this salmon. It brings a delicious flavor and adds to the amazing taste! Don’t skip this step!
Close up of baked honey mustard salmon.

How to Store Leftovers

This salmon is so delicious that I’m not sure if you will have anything leftover to store! But if you do, here is how you can safely do it to enjoy this later.

  • Refrigerate: Once it has cooled, place your salmon in an airtight container. It will last in your fridge for 3-4 days!
  • Reheat: You want to reheat salmon slowly so that it doesn’t dry out! Place your honey mustard salmon on a baking sheet. Put it in the oven at 275 degrees for about 15 minutes or until heated through. The internal temperature should be 130 degrees.
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Honey Mustard Salmon

Honey mustard salmon is the perfect blend of tangy and delicious. It's tender and flaky and it completely falls apart on your fork! This tried and true recipe is one that your family will go crazy for!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword honey mustard salmon
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 salmon filets
Calories 223kcal
Author Alyssa Rivers

Ingredients

  • 1 pound salmon filets
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup Homemade Honey Mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon dill chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lay the salmon skin-side down and top with salt and pepper.
  • Brush the glaze on the salmon and bake in a pan for 17-20 minutes until salmon is cooked through.
  • Brush more honey mustard on the salmon 5 minutes before it's done baking. Let sit for 5 minutes and serve warm.

Nutrition

Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 206mg | Potassium: 556mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 53IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg
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