Hot or Not Meatball Roulette

Hot or Not Meatball Roulette

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of RO*TEL for Conagra.

I love making a game out of party food. It just adds something different into the mix when people first start showing up to your event. Today’s game is simple. Will this meatball burn my mouth or not?

I made two simple cocktail style meatball mixtures, and to one, I added RO*TEL Original. To the other I added RO*TEL Hot! When you eat the meatballs, you have a 50-50 chance of getting a spicy one!

I simmered the meatballs together in a cola based bbq sauce until it got sticky sweet and permeated through the meatballs. I served them on a spinning platter to add to the roulette effect!

Beef, egg, breadcrumbs, parsley, garlic, and cheddar cheese. Everything starts out the same!

Here’s where things get interesting.

If you need to keep some separate for delicate taste buds, make sure you keep track of which is which because everything will look the same after this moment.

Broil the meatballs to brown on all sides.

Then simmer them in a sauce of cola, ketchup, mustard, vinegar, smoked paprika, hot sauce, and honey

Line them up in a circle.

Add toothpicks and serve!

Hot or Not Meatball Roulette

Cocktail meatballs with a sticky sweet glaze and a twist – half of them are spicy! Choose at your own risk!
Prep Time40 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Spicy
Servings: 48 mini meatballs


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 clove garlic grated
  • 1 cup grated cheddar
  • 1 can RO*TEL Tomatoes drained hot or original
  • 1 cup cola or other dark soda
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons red vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon mustard


  • NOTE – the meatball recipe is for 1/2 of the meatballs. The recipes are identical for hot or not, you just change which RO*TEL you use. If you want to play roulette, make it twice, once with each RO*TEL flavor. The sauce recipe is enough for the whole batch.
  • Make the meatballs – Mix all the meatball ingredients in a large bowl. Stir well to combine. Choose hot OR original for each batch. You may want to keep track of which is which at this point in case some people need to have mild ones.
  • Form small meatballs. Each batch should make at least 24 meatballs. Line them up on a baking sheet and broil about 5 to 7 minutes per side to brown and cook through.
  • Meanwhile, make the sauce – Add the cola to a pan and simmer about 5 minutes. Add in the remaining ingredients and whisk to combine. Continue to simmer for another 5 minutes.
  • Add the meatballs to the pan and stir to combine. Cook another 5 to 10 minutes until the sauce thickens and really coats the meatballs.
  • Pour the meatballs out onto a platter. You can arrange them in a circle if you want to add an extra feel of playing roulette. Add some toothpicks and serve.

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