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Spicy Meatballs in Beer Chili Sauce Recipe

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr 50 mins
Total Time2 hrs 20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American



  • 2 12 ounce bottles Heinz chili sauce
  • 12 ounces beer
  • 4 dropes Worcestershire sauce
  • ground cayenne pepper or your favorite hot sauce, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar optional


  • Sauté the shallots in the olive oil until soft. 
  • Add the garlic and sauté less than a minute. 
  • Add the shallot/garlic mixture and the remaining oil from the pan to the meat. 
  • Mix all of the ingredients for the meatballs and form into balls of desired size.
  • In a large, heavy bottomed Dutch oven, brown the meatballs in olive oil in batches.  After the last batch, remove the meatballs and drain the fat from the pot. 
  • Add the chili sauce and use it to deglaze the bottom of the pot, scraping off the brown bits with a wooden spoon. 
  • Add the remaining ingredients for the sauce.  The chili sauce is already somewhat sweet but if you prefer it sweeter add the sugar.
  • Cover the pot and simmer the meatballs on a low temperature as evidenced by bubbles gently breaking the surface, for one hour. 
  • Serve them as is, over noodles, or make a sandwich on a hoagie roll.