These huge sandwiches and their kicky sauce will satisfy the hungriest of your crew. To trim preparation time, substitute an 18-ounce package of frozen cooked meatballs (about 32 meatballs) for the homemade ones. Stir the frozen meatballs into the sauce to coat, then cook as directed.

Source: Midwest Living


Recipe Summary

30 mins
25 mins
3 hrs
3 hrs 55 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • In a large bowl, stir together egg, bread crumbs, 1/3 cup onion, the salt, oregano, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Add ground beef; mix well. Shape meat mixture into 32 balls. Arrange meatballs in a single layer in an ungreased 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Bake, uncovered, in a 350 degree F oven for 25 minutes. Drain off fat.

  • For the sauce, in a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker, stir together tomato sauce, the remaining 1/3 cup onion, the sweet pepper, brown sugar, mustard, chili powder, garlic salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and the hot pepper sauce. Add cooked meatballs, stirring gently to coat with sauce.

  • Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 3 to 4 hours or on high-heat setting for 1-1/2 to 2 hours.

  • Place four meatballs on the bottom of each bun. Top with some of the sauce and some of the cheese. Add bun tops. Makes 8 servings.

For Easy Cleanup:

Line your slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Add ingredients as directed in recipe. Once your dish is finished cooking, spoon the food out of your slow cooker and simply dispose of the liner. Do not lift or transport the disposable liner with food inside.

Nutrition Facts

724 calories; fat 28g; cholesterol 99mg; saturated fat 11g; carbohydrates 84g; mono fat 11g; poly fat 3g; insoluble fiber 5g; sugars 15g; protein 36g; vitamin a 437.3IU; vitamin c 7.1mg; thiamin 0.6mg; riboflavin 0.5mg; niacin equivalents 8.5mg; vitamin b6 0.4mg; folate 12.1mcg; vitamin b12 2mcg; sodium 1504mg; potassium 438mg; calcium 343.3mg; iron 6.3mg.