Barbecue Pork Meatballs

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It was one of those weekends. You know, the kind where you’re sitting in front of the TV on Sunday going, “Where the heck’d the weekend go? How in the world is tomorrow Monday?” Whirlwind, it was.

My youngest turned 5-years old on Saturday. He’s at the age where a modest party still thrills to no end, and a few Spider-man masks, simple cupcakes and his neighborhood buddies are enough to plaster a smile on his face all day.

barbecue pork meatballs, ground pork recipes

This changes, by the way, when the child is both a girl and turning 8-years old. My 8-soon-to-be-9-year old happens to be the one peering from behind her Spider-man mask. She’s already planning her party. It’s in FEBRUARY.

Onward.

This weekend I also baked up a batch of mini zucchini muffins (with zucchini I shredded and froze this summer – best idea EVER), my daughter carved her pumpkin from my parents’ farm, and we managed to hit the park and play outside A LOT. It was a good, tiring, productive weekend.

barbecue pork meatballs, ground pork recipes

I also had a pound of ground pork in the fridge that needed to be used or frozen. I scoured the interwebs looking for inspiration, and something other than tacos or chili. What I found was an interesting recipe for pork meatballs on the Pork Be Inspired site.

Inspiration, you have found me!

Barbecue Pork Meatballs
 
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{Adapted from All-Star Pork Meatballs via porkbeinspired.com}
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Serves: 2-4
Ingredients
  • 1-pound ground pork
  • 1 small onion, grated
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • ½ cup Italian bread crumbs
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Coat a 6-spot muffin tin with non-stick spray.
  2. Add the pork, onion, egg, parsley, bread crumbs, salt, pepper and cheese to a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the tomato sauce, brown sugar and mustard, and then add ½ of the sauce to the pork mixture.
  3. Use your hands to mix the pork and other ingredients until they're well combined. Shape the mixture into 6 large meatballs, and add one to each cup of the muffin tin. Pour the remaining sauce mixture on top of each meatball.
  4. Bake the meatballs for 30 minutes, and let them rest for another 5 minutes before serving.

 

Baked Barbecue Pork Chops

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Pork chops, they’re like a familiar and comfortable memory. We eat pork chops a lot, and while I have been buying organic bacon, I still have yet to find organic pork in the form of roasts and chops at a nearby supermarket.

Speaking of nostalgia, but totally unrelated to food, I’ve been rewatching LOST On Demand over the past couple months while some of my favorite TV shows have been on hiatus. To say I loved it the first time around may be underestimating my adoration. So for me to say that this time around I love it just as much? It’s true.

If you’ve never watched LOST, then you’re in for a treat – but you must start from the very, very beginning: Season 1, Episode 1. It’s worth it, and I dare you to stop from watching the next 10 episodes without stopping.

Side note: I may have done the same obsessive maneuver with Downton Abbey when I first discovered Season 1 last year.

But, back to nostalgia and food. Pork chops…nom!

Baked Barbecue Pork Chops
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 6 boneless thin cut pork chops
  • 1 bottle organic barbecue sauce
  • ½ medium onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Sprinkle both sides of the pork chops with salt and pepper.
  3. Pour ½ the jar of barbecue sauce into the bottom of a 9x13" baking dish, and then lay the pork chops on top in a single layer.
  4. Sprinkle the onion and parsley on top of the pork chops, and then top with the remaining barbecue sauce.
  5. Bake the pork chops for 30 minutes.
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