Jamaican Beef Balls

ThrowdownMy crazy friends, Alex and Kim, over at Jamaican It Paleo have challenged me to a throwdown, mon!! One of Alex’s comfort foods growing up were Jamaican Meatballs that his mom made. So, Cavegirl Flay (LOL) accepted the terms.

So, here is my Kentucky girl take on what I think “Jamaican” is…I had so a blast playing with new flavors…it probably isn’t authentic, but I sure did have fun baking outside of the box!! 😉  Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see their creation!


Jamaican Beef Balls


  • Meatballs:

  • 1.5 lbs ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons coconut aminos
  • 4 tablespoons pecan meal (or preferred nut meal)
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup minced shallot
  • 3 habaneros, seeded and finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons finely diced pineapple
  • Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup marinara
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • chopped mint leaves, for optional garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix meatball ingredients until well-distributed. Form into 18 balls (golf ball sized, about two tablespoons each). Place in a greased baking dish.
  2. Whisk sauce marinara, orange juice, raw honey, and apple cider vinegar.  Brush 1/2 of the sauce on the meatballs. Cook for 15 minutes.
  3. Touch up the meatballs with remaining sauce. Cook for an additional 15-25 minutes, until fully cooked.
  4. Garnish with mint.
  5. Enjoy!

Here is what Jamaican It Paleo made…AMAZING…check out their recipe!!!

jamaican beef balls JIP


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