BBQ Meatball Subs with Spinach Mayo – Perfect for Budget Meals

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I’ve made dinner for you tonight – BBQ Meatball Subs with Spinach Mayo.



You’ll love them. As much as I cook (and pretty much live at the grocery store), sometimes it’s nice to have some simple dinners that I can count on that don’t require a lot of ingredients – in other words – budget friendly meals.

As you all know, I would love to be a full time blogger, but I’m an registered nurse and we need the benefits (and money). We have two teenagers; one about to go to college and one in high school.

At the same time, I’m not a big fan of boring or plain. I need variety and spice in my foodie life! Although I love to spend forever in the kitchen playing and prepping (yes, I love chopping; it’s therapeutic for me), sometimes after a long day of work I need something a little easier.

I’ve teamed up with #cbias and Kraft to create a meal under $20.00. Yes, under $20.00.   I find myself going to the grocery store literally almost daily because I have a husband and two teenagers that have appetites that cannot be reigned in. I got my ingredients at Wal-Mart, which made it very possible, which included Kraft Ranch Dressing (it was $1.98!).  I have definitely realized that if I’m going to save money on my grocery bill, Wal-Mart is where I have to go.

Most of us experience how tight it is financially around the 1st and 15th of every month. Every time I go to Wal-Mart (I’m so glad we finally have one in Helena!), I’m reminded of how much more I spend going to other stores.




These are my BBQ Ranch Meatball Subs. I added an unexpected element; spinach mayo. I know you’re wondering if this is good or not – but let me just tell you – it works! The bread with the spinach mayo alone was luscious. I probably ate an entire roll using it as a dip while making these. Couldn’t help it.

This dinner cost me literally $19 and some change. For that we got 6 meatballs subs with an iceberg and tomato salad with Ranch dressing for six.




My husband and I are always complaining about how much food costs. Our grocery bill is absolutely ridiculous. I know we have two teenagers, but still – it’s insane!! This little project was eye opening – We  spent under $20.00 and got an entire dinner for all of us.




It was fantabulous.




Here’s your printable-

BBQ Meatball Subs with Spinach Mayo


  • 1 lb. ground round
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup and 2 tbsp Kraft Mayo, divided
  • 1/2 cup and 1 tbsp Kraft Barbecue Sauce, divided
  • 1 10 oz. package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1/2 cup Kraft Ranch Dressing
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 6 slices Kraft Natural Provolone Cheese Slices
  • 1 package sub rolls
  • Fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped (optional)


  • For the meatballs, mix the ground round, 2 tbsp of mayo, 1 tbsp of BBQ sauce, salt and pepper in a bowl thoroughly. Roll into golf ball size meatballs, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • To make the spinach mayo; combine the spinach and 1 cup of mayo, cover and refrigerate.
  • Now for the BBQ Ranch, combine the ranch dressing and 1/2 cup BBQ sauce, cover and refrigerate.
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Heat the oil over medium-high heat and add the meatballs. Brown for 2-3 minutes on each side.
  • Reduce heat to medium and cover. Cook until done; about 7-10 minutes.
  • Spread each sub roll (both sides) with spinach mayo and bake for 4-5 minutes, until a little bubbly. Remove and cover with foil to keep them warm.
  • When meatballs are done, turn the heat off and place cheese slices over meatballs. Cover until melted.
  • To assemble, place meatballs on the bottom of sub rolls using a spatula and drizzle with Ranch BBQ sauce.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley, if desired.
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  • Shea

    Shea Goldstein is a writer and the voice behind Dixie Chik Cooks. She's also a recipe developer and brand ambassador. She has been published in several media platforms such as Redbook, Parade, Food Blogger Magazine and more. She has been developing recipes and writing since 2009. Shea is a Southern Belle Who's Thinking About What's For Dinner While Eating Lunch

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Julieane

    Wow! I really liked this BBQ Meatball Subs with Spinach Mayo. I made my own spinach mayo for the first time and I really liked it. Thanks for this inspiration.

  2. Michelle

    This looks so delicious! What a great idea, and yep that spinach mayo sounds amazing! #client

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