Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska

Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska

Farm Moms: Sharing the Goodness of our Generations Old Family Recipes

October 17, 2014Farmers and Ranchers, Food

From Chandra Horky:


The Husker fever at the beginning of the football season gets everyone excited for fall, especially my family of Husker fans. Chatter everywhere I go in the  community is all about Coach Bo and the hopeful success of the season.


This sense of belonging to the Husker community got me thinking about the other communities I belong to. Of course, I’m a Husker fan, but I’m also a mother, a daughter, and a friend. I’m a cook, a one-woman cleaning crew, and a reader of bedtime stories. I’m also a farmer. And I feel blessed every day to go to work to provide food for our family and yours.


The start of football season got me thinking about all the things that bring people together. I strongly believe that food is one of those uniting forces. So, I thought I would share my recipe for BBQ meatballs with you all. From my table to yours, I hope this recipe brings as much joy, good conversations, and laughter around your

table as it does mine.


BBQ Meatballs


• 13 ounces evaporated milk

• ½ teaspoon garlic powder

• 3 pounds hamburger

• 2 cups quick oatmeal

• 2 tablespoons of chili powder



• 2 cups ketchup

• ½ teaspoon garlic powder

• 1½ cups brown sugar

• ½ cup onion, chopped

• 1 tablespoon of liquid smoke (do not omit)



1) Start by combining all of the ingredients for the meatballs in a large mixing bowl. Form the hamburger mixture into balls roughly the size of a walnut and set aside in a pan. 2) next, combine the ingredients for the sauce in a medium-sized saucepan. reduce over medium to medium-high heat until the sugar dissolves. Pour the

sauce over meatballs and gently mix to make sure each are covered. 3) Place the meatballs on a baking sheet lined with foil. Cover and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Take the cover off and bake for an additional 30 minutes at the same temperature.


NOTE: Feel free to substitute this homemade sauce for your family’s favorite BBQ sauce!