Pork Meatballs & Mango Mustard Dipping Sauce

These pork meatballs with sweet mango mustard dipping sauce are sure to impress!

Pork Meatballs with Mango Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce by Nutmeg Nanny

For the past couple of years I have participated in a small cooking competition using Saucy Mama products. Every year I lose. Well, I’m hoping this year is different. Maybe this year will be the big year I come out on top. I’m calling this the summer of Brandy. Sorta like the Summer of George from Seinfeld. Except I’m hoping I don’t break my leg playing frolf. That would suck.

So this years contest is simple. 25 food bloggers were given one main ingredient we must use (they sent us three different mustards) and then we were told a secret ingredient that must be included. This rounds secret ingredient is bacon. That is never a bad thing…am I right?

I made some delicious spicy ground pork and bacon meatballs and made a totally dip worthy mango honey mustard sauce. This was one of those dishes that is simple to make and packs tons of flavor. Plus it includes bacon. Again, not a bad thing.

Pork Meatballs with Mango Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce by Nutmeg Nanny


Pork Meatballs & Mango Mustard Dipping Sauce

Perfectly baked pork meatballs made with ground pork, bacon and fresh spices. To serve on the side is a homemade mango mustard dipping sauce.

Yield: 24 large meatballs

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes


For meatballs:

  • 1-1/2 pounds ground pork
  • 1/2 pound bacon, cooked and finely chopped
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced

For mango mustard dipping sauce:

  • 2 small fresh mangoes or 1 large fresh mango, peeled and cut from the seed
  • 3 tablespoons Saucy Mama hatch chili mustard
  • 1 tablespoon clover honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • Kosher salt, to taste

Source: Dipping sauce slightly adapted from PaleOMG


For meatballs:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a large bowl, add ground pork, bacon, eggs, milk, breadcrumbs, garlic powder, salt, pepper, chipotle chili powder, crushed red pepper and minced garlic. Mix together with your hands.

Roll meat mixture into 1-1/2-inch balls. You should get around 12 meatballs per sheet pan, 24 meatballs in total.

Bake for 20 minutes until firm and no longer pink in the center.

{I made my meatballs a little smaller and reduced the cooking time by about 5 minutes}

For mango musard dipping sauce:
In a high speed blender (I used my Vitamix
) add mango, mustard, honey, chili powder and a pinch of salt.

Blend on high until fully combined and smooth. Taste sauce before serving and add more salt if needed.

*If you are not a fan of bacon you can simply leave it out and add another 1/2 pound of ground pork to the recipe. This recipe also works really well with ground beef.

30 Responses to “Pork Meatballs & Mango Mustard Dipping Sauce”

  1. #
    Veronica — June 11, 2013 at 2:32 am

    Oh snap, these are totally win-worthy. It shall be the summer of Brandy fo sho!

    • nutmegnanny replied: — June 11th, 2013 @ 11:09 am

      Hahaha thanks girl! I can’t wait to finally rule the world 🙂

  2. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — June 11, 2013 at 10:58 am

    shut up. bacon in meatballs?! and i totally love the sauce – sweet and spicy mustard is the best thing ever.

    • nutmegnanny replied: — June 11th, 2013 @ 11:11 am

      I’m such a sucker for bacon. It should be in everything…am I right? 🙂

  3. #
    Betty Ann @Mango_Queen — June 11, 2013 at 11:13 am

    You had me at ‘Mango’ ! I’m definitely making this recipe. I just took out the pork to defrost and will get to work right now. Thanks for sharing a great recipe!

    • nutmegnanny replied: — June 11th, 2013 @ 11:18 am

      I hope you like the recipe! I also love mango. Such a perfect fruit!

  4. #
    Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste — June 11, 2013 at 11:20 am

    These look incredible and like the perfect party food!

  5. #
    katie — June 11, 2013 at 11:21 am

    yum! I love the idea of the mango mustard dipping sauce!

  6. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — June 11, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    I am totally in love with this! I want a plateful!! And the sauce looks like the best thing ever! I’m loving the Summer of Brandy 🙂

  7. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — June 11, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Umm can I have 40 of these right now? YUM!!!!

  8. #
    Crystal @ Simply Playful Fare — June 11, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    This looks awesome! I love meatballs, and of course who doesn’t love bacon? The dipping sauce sounds awesome too! I hope you win the contest!

  9. #
    Ashley — June 11, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Oh wow…bacon inside meatballs? YES, PLEASE!! The sauce looks great, too!

  10. #
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen — June 11, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Certainly seems like a winner to me. Love every single one of the ingredients!
    Good luck!

  11. #
    Carrie @ poet in the pantry — June 11, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Forget car-trip-worthy mac & cheese–I want to eat these on a road trip! Bacon in the meatballs? Yes, please!!

  12. #
    Joanne — June 11, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Good luck chica! I have so much faith in you and in this recipe!! The mango twist on that dipping sauce is awesome.

  13. #
    Erica — June 11, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    haha the summer of Brandy- love. You should win. You are AMAZING in the kitchen. I want to dump this mustard on everything

  14. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — June 11, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Whoa! My boys would flip out for these meatballs! And that sauce, you are gonna win it for sure! Love the Seinfeld reference, funniest show ever.

  15. #
    Kate | Food Babbles — June 11, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Long live the Summer of Brandy!!! I have no doubt this recipe will take the win. Not only do these meatballs sound amazing but that dipping sauce is over the top incredible. I need to give this a try!

  16. #
    Nicole (MyLoveForCooking) — June 11, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    YES! With these beauties I dare say it HAS to be the “Summer of Brandy” 🙂

  17. #
    Cassie — June 12, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    This dipping sauce – drooooling for a taste! This sounds amazing, Brandy!

  18. #
    Tracey — June 12, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    We are on the biggest meatball kick right now, and these pork and bacon meatballs sound heavenly! I love the combo of flavors in the dipping sauce too, and since my husband doesn’t do mango I wouldn’t have to share 🙂

  19. #
    Karen - Cinnamon Freud — June 13, 2013 at 1:38 am

    I too declared this summer to be the Summer of Karen- and so far, so good. I think it would be an even better summer with this mustard mango sauce- I am drooling. Love this idea!

  20. #
    Reeni — June 14, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    I always lose too! I decided not to do it this year so I’ll be voting for you! These rock! Meatballs are always winners in my book!

  21. #
    carrian — June 17, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Weird comment, but your meatballs are so round and perfect! And I totally want you to win. I’m getting on that. Keep me posted!

  22. #
    Donna Thomas — October 9, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    I am glad to find your website today. The cuban sandwich brought me here and I have stuck around for a while. Really lovely photography and witty writing. I do have a question. I was reading your pork and bacon meatball recipe and the ingredients mention both garlic powder and minced garlic, but then in the directions you only mention the garlic powder. Do you use both garlic powder and minced garlic? Just curious as I think I am going to add these to me annual Halloween party. Thanks again for your great site. I have bookmarked you

  23. #
    Shane Brookes — May 3, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Just made these. I don’t have that type of mustard so I used grainy mustard and added in 1/2 tsp sriracha sauce. I also added a dash of salt and ground pepper in the sauce. Very tastey!


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