Slow-Cooked Doppelbock BBQ Meatballs

  • Recipe TypeAppetizer
  • Prep Time10 mins
  • Yield20

This recipe calls for Sprecher Brewing Company’s root beer BBQ sauce, but you can substitute any pop-inspired sauce. It makes all the difference in flavor of this dish. The recipe yields a lot of meatballs, so it’s a great choice for a large gathering.


    • 16 oz Sprecher Brewing Co.’s Doppelbock, or similar doppelbock
    • 1 cup ketchup
    • 1/2 cup Sprecher root beer BBQ sauce (or 1/4 cup rootbeer, 1/4 cup sweet BBQ sauce)
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar
    • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
    • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
    • 3 pounds frozen cocktail meatballs


  1. Combine the beer, ketchup, barbecue sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a slow cooker. Add the meatballs and stir gently to make sure they are covered with the sauce (add more beer if necessary).
  2. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low heat for six to eight hours. Halfway through cooking, check to see if you need to add more beer.
  3. Serve the meatballs on a large platter with toothpicks. Place the extra sauce in a small bowl for dipping.

John HollAs a journalist focusing on craft beer and the culture of drinking, John Holl writes for a variety of publications. He is the author of The American Craft Beer Cookbook: 155 Recipes From Your Favorite Brewpubs and Breweries and is the host of “The Beer Briefing” on iHeartRadio. He occasionally uses Twitter: @John_Holl.