You'll Never Guess The Secret Ingredient In These Meatballs

Hint: it's sweet and bubbly.



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Typically, I'm not much of a soda drinker, usually sticking to water (and wine when appropriate.) When it comes to cooking, though, I'm a big fan of using soda. With just one can and a box of cake mix you can make a super delicious and moist poke cake! With a couple glugs of root beer, you can transform wings into a salty-sweet delicacy. Wanna make a bomb brisket? Coca cola is the answer!

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These meatballs deserve to be added to the list of exceptional foods that can be made the bubbly stuff. It's sweet, smoky, and salty--I couldn't stop licking the spoon! (Full disclosure: my coworker and I dipped pretzels into the sauce long after the meatballs were gone. It was her idea, I swear!)



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The recipe starts with a pretty basic meatball mixture. Ground beef is combined with bread crumbs, egg, garlic powder, and paprika for some smoky heat. Mix that all up and form your meatballs! I made mine about the size of a ping pong ball but feel free to make them bigger if you're making them for dinner instead of an appetizer. Don't forget to extend the cooking time though!

The sauce is where things get a lil' crazy. Ketchup is combined with tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, and not one but TWO cans of Dr. Pepper. Don't worry if it seems thin, the sauce will thicken when it's added to the browned meatballs. As they cook, use a spoon to baste the meatballs to ensure they soak up as much sauce as possible. Serve them up hot and watch them disappear!



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