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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.


About Brandy!

I am a food lover and recipe developer bringing you delicious recipes that taste great and are easy to make! My food is inspired by travels around the world and my love of flavorful food. A list of things that make me happy: cats, Coke Zero, houseplants, and travel. Read more...

Shane Brookes

Saturday 3rd of May 2014

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!

Donna Thomas

Wednesday 9th of October 2013

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


Monday 17th of June 2013

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!


Friday 14th of June 2013

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!

Karen - Cinnamon Freud

Thursday 13th of June 2013

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!


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