Barbecue Meatballs

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Diet types:
  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Kathy, MS, RD, LDN, CSR, from Pennsylvania.

Portions: 24 servings

Serving size: 2 meatballs


  • 1/2 cup onion
  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup rice milk, unenriched
  • 1 cup oatmeal, uncooked
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/3 cup water


  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Dice onion and beat eggs.
  3. Combine all ingredients, except barbecue sauce and water, in a large bowl and mix together.
  4. Roll into 1” balls and place on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until meatballs are cooked through.
  6. Combine barbecue sauce and water in a warming dish or Crock pot® on low temperature setting. Add meatballs and stir. Cover until ready to serve.

Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  176
  • Protein  11 g
  • Carbohydrates  6 g
  • Fat  12 g
  • Cholesterol  55 mg
  • Sodium  180 mg
  • Potassium  208 mg
  • Phosphorus  107 mg
  • Calcium  24 mg
  • Fiber  0.5 g

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1-1/2 meat
  • 1/2 fat
  • 1/2 high calorie

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Instead of using commercial barbecue sauce, serve with Zesty Barbecue Sauce. Sodium content is much lower.
  • Make meatballs ahead and refrigerate. When ready to serve, heat ingredients together and transfer to a warming dish.

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9 Comments | Average User Rating:
Barbecue Meatballs

Excellent. Easy to do. Well received.

Nov. 15, 2014, 5:35 PM - Inappropriate review?
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tntdavis says:

My husbands dietician said no tomatoes on his kidney friendly diet (he is not on dialysis, Dr. says his kidney is stressed doesn't barbecue sauce have a tomato base? Dietitian comment: Yes barbecue sauce does contain tomato sauce which is a high source of potassium. Many kidney patients can include small amounts of higher potassium foods but it's best to follow the recommendation of your dietitian who know about your husband's individual needs.

Jan. 13, 2014, 2:48 PM - Inappropriate review?
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I used 1&1/2 lbs of deer hamburger, 1&1/2 lbs of hot deer sausage and these were great with or without the sauce! Made my own sauce but Sweet Baby Ray's is best. oh & only used 1/2 teaspoon of thyme, wasn't too sure about a whole Tablespoon??

Feb. 06, 2013, 1:32 PM - Inappropriate review?
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sblasczyk says:

A teammate made these for a party and they everyone loved them. Great flavor.

Nov. 09, 2012, 7:33 AM - Inappropriate review?
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Logan525 says:

Looks good. I will try.

Jul. 20, 2012, 1:18 PM - Inappropriate review?
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kobbler says:

To thin most bbq sauces I use white vinagar and water with dried spices or powders garlic onion and the like this makes a good maronade for chicken, and beef in slowcooker normaly 1to 1 mix of the fluids and spices to bring back to taste. if you must have a thick sauce use arrowroot or corn starch

Sep. 23, 2010, 9:19 AM - Inappropriate review?
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emmajo79 says:

Patients thought these were a hit! However, the recipe does not say how much water to add to the BBQ sauce. I questimated and used 3/4c water to 1c store brand sauce and overall the taste was great! I used something called Cookies Western Style BBQ sauce and it had 160mg sodium for 2 TBSP serving.

Jun. 17, 2009, 9:08 AM - Inappropriate review?
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I served these meatballs with the barbecue sauce on the side for dipping. They did not have much flavor at all.

Mar. 29, 2009, 8:13 PM - Inappropriate review?
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laura says:

Took this to a Super Bowl party, came home with an empty crock. The thyme and oregano made for a flavorful meatball. I used Sweet Baby Ray's . Going to try Zesty Barbecue Sauce next time.

Mar. 27, 2009, 1:39 PM - Inappropriate review?

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