Spicy Garlic Meatballs

With football season approaching, I took to Pinterest to find the perfect recipe. I found some inspiration and ended up making these delicious Spicy Garlic Meatballs! I used a copycat recipe for Buffalo Wild Wings’ Spicy Garlic sauce, and it could not have gone better with this recipe!

For those of you that hate the rambling, you can jump right down to the “How It’s Made” tab to get to the good stuff.

A few years ago, when I was a junior in college, I began my obsession with chicken wings. Guys, it was bad. I would eat Spicy Garlic Wings every day. Let me tell you, it’s not good for the digestive track to eat that much hot sauce, but I couldn’t resist. It also didn’t help that my dad kept supplying my wing desires through Buffalo Wild Wing gift cards.

I would only order Spicy Garlic Boneless Wings from BWW, and I would order them often. There is just something about that garlic-y hot sauce taste that is divine with anything it touches! Not to mention, BWW has some crazy good ranch.

Eventually, I ran out of gift cards, but my addiction lived on. One weekend, while scrolling through Pinterest, I found the pin that changed my life. #dramatic! I found the Copycat Spicy Garlic sauce recipe that I’m going to share with you today. I adapted the recipe to fit my tastes (and my pantry), but if you would like the original recipe by Becky at Love To Be In The Kitchen, you can find it here.

Becky’s wings – don’t they look delicious?

I used this sauce on chicken nuggets, chicken strips, popcorn chicken, as well as actual bone-in chicken wings, but today, I’m putting this sauce on meatballs!

How It’s Made

Of course, I am one for simplicity, so I started with frozen meatballs. Chicken meatballs are the tastiest, but we had beef meatballs in the freezer.

I began by baking the meatballs; you could fry yours, if you would like, but I hate frying foods! It’s just too messy.

As the meatballs were baking according to the package instructions, I began making the copycat Spicy Garlic sauce. This sauce is so crazy easy that it’s not even fair to know how to make it. It’s versatile and easy to use with chicken wings, meatballs, and anything else you can conjure up.

For this sauce, you will need: Red’s Hot Sauce Original, Cayenne Pepper, sugar, black pepper, and vegetable oil.

Throw all the ingredients together and whisk over medium heat until it’s boiling. You’ll simmer for 20 minutes, and then pour the sauce over your meatballs.

This sauce takes a very long time to go bad, so we normally just leave our extra sauce in a mason jar on the counter. We use it up so quickly! You can refrigerate for extra longevity and freeze it if you would like to keep it indefinitely.

Warning: this stuff is spicy!

I like to serve this dish with ranch or blue cheese dressing. If you prefer to make your own ranch dressing, you can follow this recipe by Snappy Gourmet!

Spicy Garlic Meatballs

An easy, quick tailgate food or dinner at home that your family and friends are sure to love!

  • 1 bag frozen meatballs (chicken is preferred but any meatball will work)

Spicy Garlic Sauce

  • 1 c Frank's Ceyenne Pepper Hot Sauce
  • 1/3 c vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350°

  2. Place meatballs in a oven safe dish, and bake according to package instructions.

  3. While the meatballs are baking, combine all ingredients for the Spicy Garlic sauce in a small sauce pan, and whisk together

  4. Bring sauce to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer

  5. Simmer for 20 minutes

  6. Once the sauce and the meatballs are both finished, toss the meatballs in a liberal amount of sauce.

  7. Serve immediately with ranch or blue cheese dressing

You might have Spicy Garlic Sauce leftover. This sauce does not go bad quickly and does not need to be refrigerated.

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