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Sticky BBQ Meatballs with a Twist

May 23, 2018 | Guest Chef, Recipe

The moment your tummy grumbles you are enticed by your brain to fill it up, why not treat it with something classic like spaghetti and meatballs, or a meatball sub if you are on the go. 

Everybody loves meatballs, so much so that each nation has there own kind of meatball, often made with various combinations of beef, lamb and/or pork: Sweden – köttbulle, Spain – albóndigas, Netherlands – gehaktballetje, Greece – keftedes, South Africa – frikkadels, and from India through to the Middle East – kofta, just to name a few!

We reached out to a lady with an epicure – a kitchen guru, if you may – Princess Tafadzwa to get her take. She has her own website featuring some of the most delicious traditional recipes that Zimbabweans will love, from mouth-watering desserts, side dishes, and appetizers, to kitchen how-tos. 

Follow her recipe below as she remixes the tried and tested ‘traditional’ meatball by adding some, once again proving once you go Mr.Sauce, there is no turning back!


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cups grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 slice bread cut up
  • 1 small onion minced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 cups minced fresh basil
  • 1 cup Mr. Sauce Sticky BBQ Basting sauce


  • Mix all ingredients with hands except for the sauce
  • Form into golfball-sized meatballs
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes
  • Cover the meatballs in sauce and bake for another 20 minutes
  • Serve warm.

Whilst Princess’s recipe uses 100% pure beef to make her delicious meatballs, the most common ratio used for making meatballs is 75% beef and 25% pork. The fat from the pork binds the meat nicely and adds a buttery note. Many people find pork more flavourful and, often, it’s a lot more budget-friendly! Another alternative, people tend to add bread/breadcrumbs to make the serving size bigger. It’s all up to you at the end of the day.

Do you have any meatball-making tips? Leave them in the comments below.

For more mouth-watering meals that are easy to prepare at home, visit Princess Tafadzwa’s website, or head over to our recipe page. If you never want to miss a recipe or cooking tip, follow us on Facebook and Instagram.


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