I'm surprised to see the negative reviews. Just served these last night and my family really liked them. (Came here looking for the recipe so I could share it on FB and Pinterest.) I increased the spices just a little -- my family likes/tolerates spicy food. Not bland at all. They didn't even mind that it was turkey and not 'real meat'. Got "Hhmm, this is good" right from the first bite. Definitely going to the top of my recipe rotation.
These meatballs had no taste to them at all.
Weird and bland. The meatballs are blah, the sauce is thin and vinegary, and "barbecue" is very misleading. The flavor is more - southwest, maybe? Which we normally love, but it definitely didn't go with the Italian-flavored breadcrumbs... All in all, a disappointing recipe.
This is the first CL recipe I have rated this low. Took the previous reviewers' advice and tried adding missing ingredients that make up by fav bbq sauce (worsteshire, dry mustard, onion powder, garlic powder, celery seed). It was still odd - the consistency of the blended (used food processor also) diced tomatoes left the sauce watery in parts with thicker blobs. I think the tomatoes with peppers (I used Rotel) was what helped make it taste taco-ey. The meatballs definitely needed salt. Made this with cornbread pudding - ate more of that than I did the meatballs!
Easy recipe, very good with mashed potatoes. I added a pinch of salt to the sauce. Obviously the ingredients do not lend a typical bbq flavor.
This rates as one of the worst Cooking Light recipes we've made. The sauce was vinegary and just not good. The meatballs were bland without the sauce, but nobody liked the sauce. This is not a keeper.
I agree with previous comments, it was more of a salsa/southwest spicy flavor versus a barbeque. I also wish the sauce thickened up more as it was kind of runny. I added one egg to the meat mixture because I was afraid of the meatballs not sticking together as I haven't ever made meatballs without either 1 egg or 2 egg whites.
I followed the recipe exactly & my boyfriend & I loved it! It was def too spicy for the kids though. I used the leftover sauce & meatballs the next day on a pizza with some smoked gouda, it was amazing!!!
This was a good recipe. I only found a 10.5 oz can of tomatoes with green chiles. and my breadcrumbs weren't seasoned. I served it with rice. It was a good recipe, but I probably won't make again. I have a lot of other better things to use my ground turkey with. Good to make once.
We liked it. The sauce is spicy but we didn't serve it over the mashed potatoes, just with the meatballs and it was fine. I just used my food processor instead of a blender. I also added some garlic salt to the raw turkey mixture before forming the meatballs.
I think it has great taste but it is a bit too spicy. I would take out a little bit of the chili powder and paprika, but its great for a meal. Served with rice and corn and French fries.
meh. tasted less like barbeque and more like spicy vinegar. the meatballs themselves seemed spongy. served it with mashed potatoes and a salad. My 5 year old outright disliked it and we parents were pretty indifferent/unimpressed with it.
Great recipe and nice alternative to turkey meatloaf. Had 1/4 cup of rice on the side.
My star rating is guided by the descriptive words "has potential" but we probably won't make it again. My husband and I didn't really like the flavor of the sauce; we thought it was too thin and vinegary and not enough BBQ-y. If I were to make again, I'd reduce the cumin and reduce the vinegar. I would also either add more smoked paprika or chili powder to either the sauce or the turkey. I panicked that the meat wouldn't hold its shape so I added a beaten egg. That made it too runny so then I added more breadcrumbs. Based on other reviews, I probably didn't need to do this. Served with a mashed potato and corn.
The title of this recipe is a little misleading, as the sauce tastes a lot more southwestern than BBQ. However, the sauce did taste great and was delicious with a hint of chilies and cumin. This was a hit in my house, and my husband loved it! I would definitely make again. The mashed potatoes were perfect with the sauce as well.
I agree that the sauce ends up being a little more like salsa than real barbecue but it was certainly tasty. For me, though, I wish the sauce would have been thicker and a little more flavor. Overall, easy enough for a weekday dinner and we will definitely be making it again.
Easy to prepare and tasty. Great with mashed potatoes.
These came together quickly and easily. The meatballs were flavorful and held together well. I wasn't a huge fan of the flavor of the sauce (too taco-y for me), but that's just a personal taste issue. I omitted the chili powder to make it more kid-friendly, and I'm glad I did. After I rinsed the sauce off, all three kids (ages 6, 4 and 2) ate the meatballs, which is a miracle! Next time I will simply make the sauce less like salsa and more like barbecue sauce. Overall, worth making.
This sauce has kick, loved the spices. Easy to make the sauce and meatballs ahead. I does go well with mashed potatoes!
It was a bit too spicy for my tastes. But I like the idea. Next time I will use regular tomato sauce and cut back on the cumin and chili. Tasted like tacos. But easy and quick. Will try again with changes.
I made this for dinner. Husband enjoyed it.