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Massive Black and Gold Meatballs

Pork, turkey, and mango meatballs in a black BBQ sauce, black and gold for the Columbus Crew
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Make the sauce1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time2 hours 10 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Keyword: Beer
Servings: 24 meatballs


Black BBQ Sauce

  • 1 large onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 Massive Juicy Pale Ale
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce from a can
  • 1 teaspoon adobo sauce from the chipotle can
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons activated charcoal powder (store bought or homemade)


  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/3 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons Massive Juicy Pale Ale
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 large ripe mango peeled and diced
  • salt and pepper


  • sesame seeds
  • chopped ripe mango


Activated Coconut Charcoal

  • If you want to make this yourself, buy UNSWEETENED coconut and cook it at 350, stirring every 10 minutes, until it is fully blackened. Otherwise, you can buy it at most health food stores, online, or you could leave it out altogether for a slightly less black hue.


  • Cook the onions in a little olive oil over medium high heat to blacken, about 40 minutes, stirring often.
  • Add in the garlic and cook about 2 minutes. Pour in the beer.
  • Add in the remaining ingredients. Stir and bring to a simmer. Cook about 40 minutes at a low simmer.
  • Pour into a blender, or use a stick blender right in the same pot, to blend the sauce smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed (more sugar if you like it sweeter, more salt or soy sauce if it needs it, hot sauce if you like) Set aside until ready to use.

Make the meatballs

  • Mix all the meatball ingredients in a large bowl. Stir to combine really well. Use your hands to really make sure it is well mixed.
  • Preheat broiler to high. Form large meatballs and place them on a sheet pan. Broil about 6-7 minutes to brown on top. Flip and repeat until cooked through.

Put it together.

  • Pour the sauce into a large frying pan. The sauce should be fairly thick. Turn the heat to medium.
  • Add in the cooked meatballs and allow them to cook in the sauce for a few minutes.
  • Pour the meatballs onto a serving dish and top with the sesame seeds and mango chunks. Serve with toothpicks.