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Instant Pot Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs

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Not only are these Instant Pot cranberry barbecue meatballs easy to make, they also have amazing flavor that comes from a simple two ingredient sauce.  They will be a hit at any gathering this season.

Instant Pot Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs

Meatballs are a requirement at any holiday gathering, IMO.  They’re such tasty little bites and there are so many ways they can be prepared.  It’s all about the sauce, am I right?

These cranberry barbecue meatballs will not disappoint and the Instant Pot makes them so easy.  There’s no  browning required.  After you’re done rolling them they go straight into the pot and get covered up with that delicious sauce.

Instant Pot Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs

Let’s talk about that sauce for a minute.  It really couldn’t be any more simple.  It’s literally two ingredients.

You simply mix together cranberry sauce and your favorite barbecue sauce.  That’s it.  It’s a great use for leftover cranberry sauce, but you can use any canned cranberry sauce.  Just make sure it’s cranberry sauce, not jelly.

I know the sauce sounds incredibly simple, but it’s so tasty.  It’s one of those things where less is definitely more.  Something magically happens when you mix the two ingredients together and cook it with the meatballs.  It just does.

After their time in the Instant Pot, these meatballs come out perfect.  They’re soft and tender and the sauce tastes absolutely amazing.  I promise your guests will go crazy for them.

Instant Pot Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs

What ingredients do I need to make these Instant Pot Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs?

  • ground beef and pork
  • onion
  • thyme
  • smoked paprika 
  • bread crumbs
  • egg
  • cranberry sauce (not jelly)
  • barbecue sauce

Instant Pot Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs

After you serve these to your family and friends they are going to request that you make them for every party, guaranteed.  It’s also unlikely there will be any leftover after the party, they’re that good.

Instant Pot Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs

Yield: 8 servings

Instant Pot Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs

Instant Pot Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs

Not only are these Instant Pot cranberry barbecue meatballs easy to make, they also have amazing flavor that comes from a simple two ingredient sauce.  They will be a hit at any gathering this season.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 1/4 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 3/4 cup plan bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup cranberry sauce

Instructions

  1. With your hands mix together beef, pork, onion, spices, bread crumbs and egg until well combinedl.
  2. Form into 36 meatballs, each about 1 1/2 inches.
  3. Gently place in the Instant Pot.
  4. Stir together barbecue and cranberry sauces.
  5. Pour over meatballs.
  6. Using the manual function, set timer for 10 minutes.
  7. Allow steam to slow release for 5 minutes, then quick release.

Notes

A small scoop works great for forming uniformly sized meatballs.

Make sure you use cranberry sauce, rather than cranberry jelly.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 406Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 100mgSodium: 665mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 1gSugar: 24gProtein: 25g
ENJOY!

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