College Football Bowl Game Snack…Apricot Teriyaki Pork Meatballs

20150829_182649_resizedI may not sit and watch football for hours, but my husband does.  Like many others, Jeremy will watch any bowl game that happens to be on; it doesn’t matter which teams are playing.  The one thing that I’m thankful for is that we never host or go to football parties.  However, I know plenty of people who have parties every time their teams play, every Superbowl, and tailgate even when they don’t have tickets to a game.

To be honest, I have been to a tailgate party, and I’ve competed in a tailgating cook-off.  In both cases, there was a firm belief that the food had to be a step above the typical chips ‘n dip, grilled hot dogs & burgers, and crappy beer.

The first time I made these meatballs was for a Meatball Cook-off at our local little theater.  Over the course of the evening, I served nearly 200 meatballs.  To say the least, they were a hit!

Apricot Teriyaki Pork Meatballs

Meatballs

1lb ground pork

2 TBSP finely grated onion

1 clove garlic–finely chopped

1 TBSP dried parsley flakes

1 egg–lightly beaten

1/2 c. grated parmesan cheese

1/2 c. dried bread crumbs

3 TBSP soy sauce

1/2 tsp ginger powder

2 TBSP brown sugar

Sauce

1/4 c. finely chopped onion

1 garlic clove–minced

1- jar apricot preserves

1 c. soy sauce

1 c. brown sugar

4 TBSP butter

1 tsp red pepper flakes

2 tsp grated ginger

Directions:
In a bowl, combine all meatball ingredients.  Using your hands, mix until completely combined.  Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Using a cookie scoop and hands, roll 30 equally sized meatballs.  Bake at 45 minutes for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a saucepan, melt butter.  Saute onions and garlic over medium-low heat until soft.  Add apricot preserves, soy sauce, brown sugar, red pepper flakes, and ginger. As mixture heats, whisk to break down the apricot preserves. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium high and continue boiling for 15 minutes. Be careful and adjust heat to prevent a boil over.

Place partially cooked meatballs into a large crock pot. Pour sauce over meatballs and set the crock pot on low. Cook on low for 11/2 hours.  After 45 minutes, gently stir meatballs to move the top layer to the bottom. Continue cooking another 45 minutes. Reduce heat to keep warm and serve.

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