“We are having a pot luck”. We’ve all heard them – those dreaded words from a co-worker. It means coming up with something that can be made in advance – or at the very least started in advance, that can be easily transported and that will satisfy a crowd.
If you have been following along for any length of time, then you know me. My go-to crowd pleaser is my usual standby – deviled eggs. Deviled eggs transport easily – can be dressed up for an awesome presentation and most people like them. Over the years, I have become the Queen of the deviled egg platter. Depending upon how you approach them, deviled eggs can be time consuming. (Check out my The Deviled Egg You Say! if you need some ideas in that department). Now that I’m a lady of leisure, retired from the working world, pot luck are hardly a thing of the past. There are the office pot lucks for Hubby, and family get together. While I might not hear the words “pot-luck” directly as often as I once did, the need for crowd-pleasing dishes that travel well has not diminished.
Unless you are dealing with vegetarians, Meatballs are another of those sure fired crowd pleaser. Start with those perfect meatballs in the frozen food section. Grab some onions, fry up some bacon and crack open a bottle of Sweet Baby Ray’s. Now we’re talking big hit.
Bacon-Onion Barbecue Meatballs
3 Slices Smoked Bacon, chopped
1/4 Onion, chopped
40 Frozen Meatballs
1 Bottle Sweet Baby Ray’s Hickory Honey Barbecue Sauce
Lay 3 slices of bacon in a stack. Using a sharp knife, slice bacon lengthwise into four strips. Cut strips width-wise to create chopped bacon bits.
Heat a dutch oven over medium heat. Crumble bacon and saute in dutch oven until almost crisp. While bacon is frying, chop onion. Toss onion into dutch oven with bacon and continue to fry until bacon is crisp and onions are nicely browned in bacon grease.
Place frozen meatballs into dutch oven. Using a large spoon, stir the pot to incorporate the meatballs with the bacon and onion.
Pour the barbecue sauce over meatball mixture, stir well. Heat over medium-low heat until the barbecue sauce just begins to bubble. Transfer everything into a crock pot. (If taking this to a pot luck or other function, now would be the time to pack it up for transportation).
Set crock pot to HIGH heat for about an hour or so, until the meatballs are heated through. Turn crock pot to LOW and continue to simmer until ready to serve, stirring occasionally.