California Mild BBQ Meatball Sandwich

With the holiday spirit in play, people are clueless about other ways to BBQ. Unfortunately, unless you are living in the excited states where it is light year round, heading outside may not be an option, especially with the crazy snow storm that is yet to hit land!

I do not make it outside much when it comes to BBQ in during the winter time; I mainly rely on the oven, crock pot or indoor grill. The crock pot is a life saver! Pitmasters on the BBQ circuits would probably choke me for saying this, yet you can make your best damn BBQ in the crock pot. From BBQ meatballs to pulled beef! The sky is the limit on what you can cook in the crock pot. Just the other day, I made tri-tip tacos, with plenty of meat left over, used it the next day for BBQ stuff potatoes!

With new years a few weeks away and college football play starting up a few days before Christmas, what better way to go out, than to have BBQ meatball sandwich made in your crock pot! Rather you team is UCLA, Clemson, or just a sports fanatic, one thing we can all agree on is a killer BBQ meatball sandwich.

Let’s take it slow, no need to drool over the internet reading our recipe! Let’s get started with the first simple crock pot meal that can be cooked and eating anytime especially during football season or meatballs only served for a holiday party as an appetizer, just grab a glass of wine to go with it!


  • 1 lb bag of meatballs (your choice of meat)

  • 1 19 oz bottle of Deaf Man’s California Mild BBQ Sauce

  • 4 sandwich buns

  • 1 medium cabbage, shredded is fine

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 cup vinegar

  • ¾ cup oil

  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard

  • 1 teaspoon celery seed

  • 1 tablespoon salt


  • Empty bag of meatballs into crock pot, pour the whole bottle of BBQ sauce over meatballs and set to low cook. Cooking time varies on your crock pot which can take anywhere from 2-3 hours.

  • Put cabbage and onion in bean pot; top with sugar.

  • Combine vinegar, oil, mustard, celery seed, and salt. Bring to boil.

  • Pour hot mixture over cabbage and cool. Cover and refrigerate for at least a couple of hours.

  • Time to make the sandwich, split open the bun and scope some meatballs in there.

  • Add the slaw on top of the meatballs, you got a homemade BBQ meatball sandwich, crock pot style.