When sent a bottle of Tribal Moose Cranberry BBQ Sauce, what can you do but make
Okay, I get it. If this were Iron Chef, I’d probably not score too high in the inventiveness department, but I wanted BBQ meatballs and I had a great BBQ sauce. Ergo, Tribal Moose BBQ Meatballs.
First thing’s first, what is Tribal Moose Cranberry BBQ Sauce? Well, Tribal Moose is a company based out of Stayton, Oregon that specializes in producing cranberry based sauces like Cranberry BBQ sauce, Cranberry ketchup, Cranberry steak sauce, and spicy Cranberry steak sauce.
They sent me a bottle to try of their Cranberry BBQ sauce and I approached it like everything involving the word cranberry and not also involving the word “cocktail”: apprehension. I have found that in the range of cranberry culinary creations, there are basically two extremes: those that are really good and those that are really bad. Since I am reviewing said product, you can guess where Tribal Moose fell.
Tribal Moose’s Cranberry BBQ didn’t have the sour, sometimes bitter taste, one often associates with non-cranberry-cocktail cranberry dishes. In fact, I probably wouldn’t have even tasted cranberries if I hadn’t seen it on the label. The sauce was sweet with a surprising depth, but it wasn’t fruity. In the world of savory applications (which BBQ often is) that’s a plus in my book.
So on my meatballs the BBQ sauce went.
Tribal Moose BBQ Meatballs Recipe
A quick word about the meatballs. This is not my Italian meatball recipe. I figure that if I am doing BBQ meatballs, I don’t want to load the meat down with a bunch of Italian spices. Hence, I avoided the basil and the oregano, cut down on the garlic, and added some spices I felt were more inline with a BBQ meatball.
I also didn’t cook the meatballs in the sauce very long like I would Italian style. I did this because BBQ sauce is thicker than spaghetti sauce, so it might just burn if left on the stove too long.
You will need:
- 2 pounds ground chuck
- 10 saltine crackers, ground
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- Oil for frying the meatballs
- 1 bottle Tribal Moose BBQ Sauce
Mix all of the ingredients except the oil and the BBQ sauce in a large bowl. Roll out meatballs so that they are as wide as a quarter.
In a skillet over medium-high heat, add the olive oil. When it’s hot, add just enough meatballs so that there is about an eight of inch between them in the skillet. Cook for 5 minutes and then flip. Cook another 5 minutes.
(If the meatballs aren’t done, you can flip again or pop them in the microwave. I sometimes nuke them just to be sure anyway.)
Add the BBQ sauce to the skillet and bring it to a boil. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
Picture taken from TribalMoose.net.