Grandma’s Christmas Meatballs

Grandma’s Christmas Meatballs


  • 3 lbs ground beef chuck
  • 1 (14 oz) can evaporated milk
  • 1 (1 oz) pkg onion soup mix
  • ¼ cup dry breadcrumbs, or as needed
  • 1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup port wine
  • 1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce


  • Step 1
    Mix ground chuck, evaporated milk, onion soup mix, breadcrumbs, and 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce together in a bowl. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Form approximately 40 small meatballs and place on a baking sheet.
  • Step 2
    Set the oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven’s broiler.
  • Step 3
    Broil meatballs until just browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn meatballs over and continue broiling until browned on other side, about 2 minutes more.
  • Step 4
    Transfer meatballs to a slow cooker.
  • Step 5
    Combine ketchup, brown sugar, port wine, and 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir until dissolved, about 2 minutes. Pour over the meatballs in the slow cooker. Cook on High until meatballs are no longer pink in the middle and the sauce is thick, at least 1 hour.

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