Homemade Instant Pot BBQ Meatballs

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This instant pot meatballs recipe is sponsored by Stubb’s Bar-B-Q Sauce but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Whip up a batch of these tasty cocktail meatballs in your Instant Pot. I love how quick and easy they are to make. They are a family-friendly recipe with the perfect amount of sweetness, thanks to Stubb’s Bar-B-Q Sauce

Overhead shot of instant pot meatballs with BBQ sauce.
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How to make Instant Pot Meatballs?

Just throw together a handful of ingredients, brown them on saute, toss in some water and Stubb’s Bar-B-Q Sauce, and cook for 4 minutes. They are a simple and quick instant pot appetizer recipe. Scroll down for the full printable recipe.

You may also like: Instant Pot Roast Beef or Slow Cooker Grape Jelly Meatballs

3 instant pot meatballs on a white plate.

What to make with Barbecue meatballs?

For a simple meal, serve the instant pot meatballs with barbecue sauce over mashed potatoes and drizzled with sauce. You can also pair them with a simple green salad. 

Instant pot meatballs in an oval dish.

Other Appetizer Recipes to Try

We have several tasty appetizers to share, including air fryer chicken wingsInstant Pot Artichoke Dip, Instant Pot Corn Bread, Instant Pot Artichokes with Creamy Chili Dipping Sauce, and Instant Pot Pull Apart Pizza Bread.

A hand holding a jar of Stubb's BBQ Sauce over a dish of instant pot meatballs.

Where to buy Stubb’s Bar-B-Q Sauce?

You can purchase Stubb’s Bar-B-Q Sauce and French’s Mustard at Walmart. Stubb’s Legendary Bar-B-Q sauces are gluten-free, have no MSG, no HFCS, no trans fats, and no sulfites. Stubb’s Bar-B-Q Sauces are made with pride – from glass bottles to all-natural ingredients to big, bold flavors. No fancy ingredients or anything overly sophisticated – just genuinely good products that complement all kinds of meat.  

Stubb's Bar-B-Q Sauce and French's Mustard in a Walmart Grocery Pick-Up Cart.

Overhead shot of instant pot meatballs with BBQ sauce.

Instant Pot Meatballs with BBQ Sauce

Aileen Clark
Whip up a batch of these tasty cocktail meatballs in your Instant Pot. I love how quick and easy they are to make. They are a family friendly recipe with the perfect amount of sweetness.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 305 kcal


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon dried chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 18-ounce bottle Stubb's Bar-B-Q Sauce


  • Combine ground beef, breadcrumbs, egg, onion, salt, garlic powder, and black pepper in a medium bowl.
  • Mix together until fully combined. Take heaping tablespoons and roll meat mixture into golfball-sized balls.
    Raw meatballs on a plate in front of an instant pot.
  • Press saute button on Instant Pot. Pour in olive oil.
  • Once olive oil is heated up, add in meatballs in a single layer. Work in batches, if needed.
    Browned meatballs inside the instant pot.
  • Let meatballs brown, without moving, aproximately 1 minute. Turn meatballs over and let them brown on the other side for another minute.
  • Remove meatballs and set aside.
  • Pour in water and deglaze bottom of pot.
    Water being poured into the instant pot.
  • Add meatballs back into instant pot. Pour Stubb's Bar-B-Q Sauce over meatballs.
    Jar of Stubbs BBQ Sauce being held over an instant pot.
  • Close lid and set pressure release to sealing.
  • Press manual or pressure cook button and set to 4 minutes.
    A hand setting the instant pot to high pressure 4 minutes.
  • Natural Pressure Release.
  • Remove lid and serve instant pot meatballs on toothpicks, with sauce drizzled over them.


Serving: 4meatballsCalories: 305kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 23gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 99mgSodium: 421mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2g
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If you are looking for a tasty appetizer to serve to your friends and families than add these instant pot meatballs with BBQ sauce to your list!
5 from 2 votes (2 ratings without comment)

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