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Slow Cooker Chipotle BBQ Meatballs with Garlic Toast

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  • 1 pound ground turkey or beef!
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 green onions thinly sliced, plus extra for serving
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

maple chipotle BBQ sauce

  • 2/3  cup ketchup
  • 2/3 cup  water or beer!
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce minced
  • 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of adobo sauce from the can of chipotles
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

garlic baguettes

  • 1 baguette sliced into rounds
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 garlic cloves minced


  • In a large bowl, combine the turkey, beaten egg, garlic, onions, bread crumbs, paprika, salt and pepper until just combined. Do not overmix! For the mixture into meatballs about 1-inch in size and place them on a sheet of parchment paper.
  • At this point, you can throw the meatballs directly in the BBQ sauce in the slow cooker, you can brown them first (my favorite) or you can freeze them (see below)!
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat (or use a slow cooker that does this for you!) and add the olive oil. Add the meatballs in batches and cook just until golden on the outsides. Place the meatballs and the BBQ sauce in the slow cooker. Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours (long is okay too, but they will be done in 4 hours if they are browned).
  • Serve with extra sliced green onions on top!

maple chipotle BBQ sauce

  • Place all ingredients in a saucepan and stir together until combined. Heat oven medium heat and bring to a boil, then reduce to low heat and cook for 30 to 60 minutes, until thickened. Stir occasionally. Remove from the heat and let sit at room temperature until it cools and thickens even more. This stays great in the fridge for a week or so when sealed in a container.

garlic baguettes

  • To make the garlic baguettes, slice the bread into rounds and place it on a baking sheet. In a bowl, mix together the melted butter and garlic cloves. Brush or drizzle it on the baguettes. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, or until slightly toasted.


To freeze the meatballs, roll the mixture into balls and place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Place the sheet in the freezer for 60 minutes. After 60 minutes, remove the sheet and place the meatballs in a large ziplock bag. They will stay good for about 6 months! When ready to use in the slow cooker, place them in the sauce and cook for 8 to 10 hours on low heat.

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