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These Sweet & Spicy Meatball sliders are incredible! Spicy meatballs paired with a sweet & spicy sauce, topped with pepper jack cheese and served up on sweet rolls and topped with a sweet pepper! Perfect for tailgating or watching the big game at home!
My family and I are loving the fact that it’s finally football season! We love watching college and pro games all weekend long, and are even planning a trip this weekend to see one of our favorite teams. We love cooking up some great football food to go along with cheering on our teams. One thing that is always essential are heavy appetizers that can also double as a meal – these Sweet & Spicy Meatball Sliders are perfect for the occasion!
This meatball recipe is one that I’ve adapted from a recipe that my grandma has made for years! The meatballs are big, loaded with flavor and thanks to the Red El Yucateco Hot Sauce they have a fantastic spice. I add the Red El Yucateco Hot Sauce to both the meatball mixture and the sauce. The red sauce is made with fresh red habanero peppers, tomato, and select spices and seasonings which pair perfectly with a hefty meatball!
I’ve used the Green El Yucateco hot sauce in my Spicy Verde Grilled Chicken, which is such a fantastic grilled chicken dish!
To score some of this awesome El Yucateco hot sauce flavor, stop by your local Walmart! Not only do they carry a great selection of El Yucateco hot sauces, they also had everything I needed to make my Meatball sliders – the peppers, buns, beef, cheese – and all of our other football watching essentials!
These meatball sliders are the perfect tailgating food! Not only are they easily portable, you can get the amazing flavor cooked up on your grill anywhere. If you’re traveling and want to make these sliders for a tailgate even, I would suggest preparing the meatballs in advance. Roll out the meatballs, and store in a disposable aluminum pan. Additionally prepare your sauce, and have it ready to go in a resealable container. When you get to the game and are ready to fire up the grill, add the meatballs by simply placing the aluminum pan directly on the grill rack. As the meatballs brown, turn them over to brown on the other sides. Once completely browned, add your sauce over the top of the meatballs directly into the aluminum pan.
In my opinion, these are just as easy, and way more flavorful than traditional burgers. Once the sauce has heated through, add the meatballs to sliced sweet rolls and top with slices of pepper jack cheese. This cheese goes wonderfully with the spicy, sweet meatballs and the sweet rolls!
Here’s the full recipe for these wonderfully spicy & flavorful meatball sliders:
Whether you’re tailgating at your team’s big game, or watching the big game at home with friends and family, these Sweet & Spicy Meatball Sliders are the perfect football food! Have a great season and enjoy! ~Erin
Do you and your family have a favorite football recipe? Do you love bringing some spice into the mix with your game-time eats? I would love to hear about it – drop me a comment below!