Uncle Tom's Appetizer Meatball Sauce

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"One of my favourite appetisers,a Saskatchewan Roughrider golden oldie that never fails to please. Surprisingly this ketchup based sauce empties long before the other offerings and always an empty platter. So simple ... so good! Recipe courtesy of Tom Whitehouse. Use your favourite meatball recipe or premade from the market. When expecting a crowd I make up mini meatballs, bake and freeze, needing only to thaw, add to the sauce and pop in the crock pot to keep hot. They look awesome served on a white platter or oval serving bowl. For those who love spicy, it's as easy as adding a little of your favourite to get the extra spicy or hot version. "

Original recipe yields 20 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (16.1 g)
  • Calories 19.4
  • Total Fat - 0.4 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 0.1 mg
  • Sodium - 122.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 3.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0 g
  • Sugars - 2.9 g
  • Protein - 0.2 g
  • Calcium - 2.8 mg
  • Iron - 0.1 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0.5 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step 1

In a medium sauce pan mix ingredients, simmer until blended

Step 2

Add your prepared meatballs, simmer about fifteen minutes or until heated through

Step 3

If not serving immediately transfer to a crock pot to keep them hot, works equally well both at home or for potlucks

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.


Delightful! For such a quick and easy sauce, it sure is delicious. I did add cayenne to the mix for a wonderful sweet/hot sauce. Made large meatballs to serve on a plate. DH was in heaven! Thank you for another one of your wonderful keeper recipes Gerry! Made for Billboard Recipe Tag.

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(19 Mar 2022)


The sauce was really delicious...I used some frozen meatballs but wish I would have made my own...with that said...the sauce was the star...we do enjoy spiciness so I tossed some horseradish into the sauce...that gave it a nice touch of heat...made for Alphabet Tag game at FF&F...

review by:
(1 May 2019)


The meatballs went in a flash with this tasty sauce to dip them into, thank you Gerry made for Alphabet Tag Game.

review by:
(8 Jan 2019)


This super easy sauce recipe is super tasty!!! I used this with my Italian meatballs and made meatball subs, deeeeeelicious! Thanks for sharing your recipe. Made for the Billboard Recipe Tag game.

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(1 Apr 2012)