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Meatball Party Appetizer: Easy Sweet & Spicy Bang Bang Meatballs

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These Bang Bang Meatballs (aka Firecracker Meatballs) are explode-in-your-mouth flavor bombs! Scrumptious, convenient, and easy to make with pre-cooked meatballs tossed in a sweet, spicy, and tangy Thai Chili sauce mixed with mayo and hot sauce for the perfect party appetizer.

A stick of bang bang meatballs garnished with sliced green onions.

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It’s that time of year again: football season is kicking into high gear and the holidays are quickly approaching. It seems like everywhere you look, there are signs of the party season coming to town. Football parties, holiday gatherings, ugly sweater parties…the list goes on and on!

One thing we all have in common this time of year is our love for appetizers. Appetizers can be a great way to break up your party menu and give guests something small while they visit with each other before dinner starts. Get ready for an appetizer that is sure to be a hit at any party!

These Sweet and Spicy Bang Bang Meatballs, or firecracker meatballs, are made with pre-cooked frozen meatballs and Thai sweet chili sauce. They’re excellent on a platter as an appetizer for game day or holiday parties. The recipe is extremely versatile: try your favorite flavor or meat blend of frozen meatball instead of traditional beef, serve with toothpicks on a platter for easy access. Or you can even add in some veggies like shredded carrot, zucchini, or broccoli slaw, and serve them in a ramekin with chopsticks so they can be eaten without “utensils” – get creative!

Ingredients For Your Firecracker Meatball Appetizer

Meatballs, chili sauce, mayonnaise, and hot sauce in a separate bowls sitting on a countertop.

The complete list of ingredients, quantities, and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.

How To Make Bang Bang Meatballs With Thai Sweet Chili Sauce

Collage of Bang bang sauce on a mixing bowl, meatballs being tossed in a sauce, and a bang bang meatball sitting on a platter.
  1. Prepare the meatballs according to package directions.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the sweet chili sauce, mayonnaise, and hot sauce. Stir well and taste to adjust. (Photo 1)
  3. Add the meatballs to the sauce mixture and stir well until fully coated. (Photo 2)
  4. Serve with a garnish of green onions, if desired. (Photo 3)
Bang bang meatballs sitting on a black platter.

Firecracker Meatballs FAQs

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

Absolutely! You can mix the sauce and the meatballs up to a day in advance and then just heat them together before serving. Or you can make the whole recipe, store them in an airtight container and freeze for up to three months. When you’re ready to serve, just thaw overnight in your refrigerator (or warm on low heat if cooking from frozen).

How long can I keep meatballs?

If kept refrigerated, these Bang Bang Meatballs will last about three days. If frozen, they will keep for up to three months.

What is a good alternative if I don’t have sweet chili sauce?

If you can’t find any Thai sweet chili sauce, you can mix sriracha and honey to get the same flavor profile.

What do I serve with Bang Bang Meatballs?

For a fun presentation, place your meatballs in mini crescent roll dough or on top dried chilis. You can also serve over rice for a complete meal! Serve them garnished with green onions and red pepper flakes to add some color and a little spice!

Can I make this meatball appetizer in the slow cooker?

You sure can! If you prefer to use your crockpot to make this meatball appetizer, you are more than welcome to. You may want to add 1/4 cup of water to the bottom of the slow cooker to keep the sauce from burning.

Can I serve this meatball appetizer with toothpicks?

Of course! Serving them on a platter with toothpicks is the most common way to make these firecracker meatballs. You can also place your sauce in an easy ramekin or small bowl for dipping if you prefer not to toss the meatballs in it.

Bang bang meatball on a stick garnished with sliced green onions.

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Meatballs on toothpicks and covered with white sauce.
5 from 8 votes

Easy Sweet & Spicy Bang Bang Meatballs

Author: Kim Schob
Course: Appetizer & Snacks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Yields 30 Meatballs
Looking for an easy meatball appetizer for any party occasion? These Bang Bang (Firecracker) Meatballs are sweet and spicy and made with frozen meatballs for a quick dish!


  • 2 lbs (907 ⅕ g) Meatballs Frozen
  • ½ cup (127 ½ g) Thai Sweet Chili Sauce
  • ½ cup (112 g) Mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoon Hot Sauce your preference
  • Sliced Green Onions optional garnish


  • Prepare the meatballs according to package directions.
  • In a large bowl, combine the sweet chili sauce, mayonnaise and hot sauce. Stir well and taste to adjust.
  • Add the meatballs to the sauce mixture and stir well until fully coated.
  • Serve with a garnish of green onions, if desired

Nutrition Information

Serving: 2Meatballs Calories: 110kcal (6%) Carbohydrates: 1g Protein: 5g (10%) Fat: 9g (14%) Saturated Fat: 3g (19%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Monounsaturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 23mg (8%) Sodium: 109mg (5%) Potassium: 105mg (3%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 1g (1%) Vitamin A: 36IU (1%) Vitamin C: 1mg (1%) Calcium: 5mg (1%) Iron: 1mg (6%)

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  1. 5 stars
    I made these meatballs for a party over the weekend and everyone devoured them! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    Enjoyed these for game night this weekend and they were a savory success! Easy, hearty and packed with flavor; definitely, a new favorite appetizer!

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