Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Meatballs are sweetened with brown sugar and spiced up with chili powder. There is no reason for the bacon, other than it's perfect!
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I remember when we first moved to Panama City, from Alabama when I was a teenager. I would tag along with mother as she went grocery shopping. We always ended up at Food World, because that is where we shopped at when we lived in Alabama. However, not too long after we moved here, it shut down. We were left with only a Winn Dixie and a Publix. At the time I had only been in a Publix once, and that was to shop with my mother for my grandmother's groceries. That one time was enough to give me the impression that Publix was for the fancy rich people. It was bright, the fruits looked perfect, and you could see perfectly inside the meat department where they were cutting up steaks and pork chops. I'm not saying that Food World was for the poor people, it just didn't seem to have all the bells and whistles. And the baggers certainly didn't offer to take your cart to your car!
Time past by and we started shopping at Winn Dixie. I had Kayla, and at the time I qualified for WIC. We ended up going to Publix, because the cashiers looked at you with horror on their faces if they had to do a WIC transaction at WD. The first few times I certainly felt out of place. However, I kept going back because the atmosphere and the friendly employees couldn't be beat. As time past and Kayla got older, we would hit up the deli and bakery, because they like and want to give kids samples and cookies. For a toddler, a slice of cheese and ham, plus a cookie is a meal for them. It kept her occupied while we grocery shopped, and to be honest, the rest is history! Publix became the go-to grocery store for us.
So, where does that yummy recipe come into play? Well, if you shop at Publix, then I know you're aware of the Apron Meals. I don't think I've ever tried a meal there that I didn't love, end up with the recipe card, and made at home at some point. That is where this recipe comes in. A couple of months ago Zack and I were in Publix grabbing something we were out of, and they had a Chili-Bacon Meatball to sample. (love the lady at our Apron station!) We went home and made them for dinner that night! They are that tasty. As I was editing these photos, Kelsie said "that's those yummy meatballs, we need to have again." They are simple, tasty, and perfect for dinner, a snack at your next tailgate, or munchie at a party!
- 24 frozen Italian-style fully cooked meatballs
- 8 slices of bacon
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 ½ tablespoons chili powder
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Line a baking sheet with foil.
- Combine the brown sugar and chili powder in a bowl, set aside.
- Cut the bacon into 3 equal pieces.
- Wrap a bacon piece around a meatball, secure with a toothpick.
- Roll in the brown sugar chili mix to coat all sides.
- Set on the foil lined baking sheet.
- Repeat with the remaining.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the bacon is crisp and the meatballs are hot all the way through.
- Allow to set 5 minutes before serving.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 47Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 112mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 2g
What kitchen essentials did I use to make this dish possible?
- Prepworks by Progressive Snap Fit Measuring Spoons – Set of 5
- Hudson Essentials Stainless Steel Measuring Cups Set – 6 Piece stackable with spout
- Wilton 3 – Piece Cookie/Baking Sheet Set
- Reynolds Wrap Non-Stick Foil
- Rachael Ray Cucina Cutlery 2-Piece Japanese Stainless Steel Santoku Knife Set with Acacia Handles
- CounterArt Flexible Cutting Mat with Food Icons, Set of 4
- Winco Utility Tong with Rubber Tip and Locking Clip