Monday, 28 May 2018
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{RECIPE} Blackstrap Barbecue Meatball Dog Treats

Meatballs on a stone table with red bowls of spices and polka dot napkins.

Mmmmmmeatball treats! These treats aren't actually barbecued (although you could use your grill or pop one briefly to defrost while your making human snacks) but the meatballs are seasoned with BBQ sauce inspired blackstrap and herb/spice mixture to be extra doggone irresistible... although let's face it, my dogs would never turn down a meatball no matter how plain or how fancy it may be. Hehehe.

Blackstrap Barbecue Meatball Dog Treats 


🥄 Treat Ingredients:

Approximately 150g lean minced meat (we used lamb)
1 egg
2 tbsp ground flaxseed or LSA
1 tbsp blackstrap molasses
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1-2 tsp dried parsley
Sprinkle of ground black pepper 
Sprinkle of ground ginger
1/2 cup rolled oats
Wheatgerm or rice/oat flour (optional) to adjust consistency for shaping (see tips below)

🥄 Making the Treats: 

Preheat your oven to 180C (or local equivalent) and gather together your baking ingredients and materials.

Combine mince, egg, flax, and seasonings in a mixing bowl. Stir in oats. If using an optional add-in like wheatgerm or flour for consistency/handling, knead it into the mixture to combine to the desired consistency for shaping (see tips below). 

Roll into small bite sized mini meatballs and place in a lightly greased baking dish.   Bake for approximately 20 minutes (cooking time will depend on size) until cooked through.  Cool before serving or storage (refrigerate or freeze). Pampered pooches might enjoy their treats warmed slightly for extra smell and flavour.


Dalmatian dog begging for meatball


Tips and Tricks:
  • Seasonings can be easily adjusted to suit your preferences and your pet.
  • Treats can be made smaller for little dogs or broken up for serving. Batch quantity and cooking times will vary depending on your meatball size. 
  • When working with meatballs, especially making them miniature, I find adding adding some wheatgerm or flour to the mix helps to make the meaty mix easier to handle and shape. It also helps bake a firmer drier meatball treat. This extra add-in is, of course, completely optional.  How much depends on the wetness of the mix (varies with base ingredients) and the texture/absorbency of what I add for the adjustment. 


Meatballs on a stone table with red bowls of spices and polka dot napkins.

🦴 Hungry for more tasty treats?  You can explore from our treat navigation page, hop straight into our homemade dog treat ideas in the blog archives, search the blog from our sidebar, or use the labels below this post to find other recipes that might be of interest. Remember, treats (bought or homemade) are for spoiling your pup in moderation. We share ideas here from treats that we make ourselves for our pets, but different animals will have different preferences (likes/dislikes) and dietary needs. Some pets may have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt or have questions about what's suitable for your pet, have a chat with your trusted vet.

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