Tuesday, April 8, 2014


We all have our creature comforts and creating new ways to prepare hamburger is a favorite of mine. I think it’s because I’m passionate about letting people know you can turn plain hamburger in mouth-water meals. Today’s recipe would fall in the “savoring every bite” category - BBQ Meatball Subs.

I warn you, these spicy, beer-spiked meatball subs can be messy sandwiches to eat. But don’t you think those are usually the best?
BBQ Meatball Sub


·         1 lb. ground beef
·         1/3 cup plain bread crumbs
·         1 tablespoon of your favorite lager beer
·         1 tablespoon sriracha sauce
·         1 tablespoon soy sauce
·         1/2 teaspoon salt
·         1 egg, slightly beaten

Pickled Topping
·         1/4 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
·         1/4 cup sugar
·         1 cup coarsely grated carrots
·         1 cup thinly sliced cucumber

·         3/4 cup ketchup
·         1/2 cup lager beer
·         1/4 cup honey
·         2 tablespoons soy sauce
·         1 tablespoon sriracha sauce

·         2 baguettes (18-inches each)
·         24 large fresh cilantro sprigs


1.       In medium bowl, mix vinegar, sugar and 1 teaspoon salt. Add carrots and cucumber. Cover and refrigerate until ready to assemble sandwiches.

2.       Heat oven to 375°F. Line 15x10x1-inch pan with foil. Spray with cooking spray.

3.       In large bowl, stir meatball ingredients until well mixed. Shape into 30 (1-inch) balls; place in pan.

4.       Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until meatballs are no longer pink in center.

5.       Meanwhile, in 3-quart saucepan, stir sauce ingredients until well blended. Heat to boiling over medium heat. Reduce heat to low; simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add hot meatballs to warm sauce; stir to coat.

6.       To make each sandwich, cut each baguette into 3 (6-inch) pieces. Split each piece in half. Place meatball mixture on bottom half of each baguette piece. Using slotted spoon top with carrot-cucumber mixture. Add cilantro sprigs and baguette tops.

Happy Cooking
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