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Slow Cooker Sticky Garlic Sesame Meatballs

Saucy Garlic Sesame Meatballs in a flavorful Asian sauce.  This homemade recipe is a family favorite and it's easy to make for dinner or to serve for a party. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 85 meatballs
Author Swanky Recipes

Ingredients

For the Meatballs *SEE RECIPE NOTES FOR EASY MEATBALL ALTERNATIVE

  • 4 pounds ground beef
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 large white onions, finely chopped
  • 7 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground yellow mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes ( less for less spicy )
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs

Garlic Sesame Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce ( may use low-sodium if desired )
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons honey
  • 4 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 8-10 servings cooked rice ( serve with )

Instructions

  • Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
    Chop onions and garlic. I used a food processor to chop them finely.
    In a large bowl, whisk eggs. Add garlic and onions. Add meatball seasoning ( not sauce ingredients ).
    Stir in bread crumbs and parmesan cheese. Whisk to combine egg/seasoning mixture well.
    Add in ground beef. Using your hands, work the ground beef into the wet mixture, coating everything well.
    Form even size meatballs with a cookie scoop then place on prepared baking sheet close together, but not touching each other.
    Bake meatballs for 35 minutes. then transfer to cooling rack while baking the rest.
    To make the sauce, whisk together 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 1 tablespoon cold water. Add sauce ingredients; soy sauce, honey, ketchup, sesame oil, rice vinegar, ginger red pepper flakes, black pepper, and sugar then whisk well to combine.
    Add meatballs to slow cooker. Pour sauce over meatballs.
    Cover and cook on low for about 1-2 hours.
    Set slow cooker to high for about an hour. This will thicken the sauce.
    Serve meatballs with chopped green onions, sesame seeds and with cooked rice.
    ***SEE NOTES FOR FASTER ALTERNATIVE

Notes

*EASY ALTERNATIVE - For the meatballs, use two bags of frozen meatballs instead of homemade.
* NON-SLOW COOKER ALTERNATIVE - Bring sauce to boil over medium heat for 7 minutes or until thick bubbles form.  Coat meatballs with sauce and serve with rice.