Cranberry Bison Meatballs with Chokecherry BBQ Glaze

Need an easy appetizer for the big game? This Native-inspired mini meatball recipe features ancestral ingredients and makes for the ultimate party food. These cocktail meatballs are juicy and flavorful, and when tossed with a chokecherry barbecue glaze, your guests won’t be able to stop popping! Better yet, this recipe takes just minutes to prepare and all of the ingredients are conveniently available at Mazopiya!


  • 1 bottle Triple Crown Organic BBQ Sauce
  • 3/4 cup Red Lake Nation Wild Chokecherry Jelly
  • 1 pound Northstar ground bison
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon dried garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (dairy-free optional)
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs (gluten-free optional)
  • 4 tablespoons dried cranberries, minced


  1. Add barbecue sauce and chokecherry jelly to a medium pot or slow cooker and stir to combine. Keep on low to medium heat until meatballs are ready.
  2. Preheat oven to 450° F. Blend the bison, egg, and all dry ingredients together in large bowl. Roll into 1-inch balls.
  3. Bake meatballs on a baking sheet for 10-15 minutes or until firm and cooked to internal temperature of 160° F.
  4. Add meatballs to barbecue sauce in the pot or slow cooker and stir. Makes 24 mini meatballs. Enjoy!

Recipe courtesy of Carla Cohen

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