• 1 bottle of Gayle's Sweet 'N' Sassy BBQ Sauce

For the meatballs:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground sausage (preferably spicy pork)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan, plus more for garnish
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 12 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Olive oil
  • 33 slider-size potato buns, toasted

Gayle's Meatball Sliders


  • To make the meatballs: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. In a large bowl, mix the beef, sausage, onion, garlic, thyme, parsley, egg, parmesan, breadcrumbs, ricotta and salt with your hands.
  • Form 1 1/2-inch balls out of the meat mixture. Heat a large ovenproof skillet (preferably cast iron) with a bit of olive oil. Working in batches, add the meatballs and brown on all sides, about 4 minutes. Return all the meatballs to the skillet and place in the oven to finish cooking, 10 minutes.
  • Toss the meatballs with 3 cups of Gayle's Sweet 'N' Sassy BBQ Sauce. Place on the toasted slider buns and sprinkle with parmesan and parsley.

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