Kabab Karaz (Meatballs in Cherry Sauce)

AKA AmazeBalls in AwesomeSauce

Makes 10# of Meatballs in Sauce


  • 10# 80/20 Ground Beef
  • 5 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 2 TBSP Ground Allspice
  • 10 TBSP Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 TBSP Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/2 TBSP Ground Cardamom
  • 3/4 tsp Ground Cloves
  • 3/4 tsp Ground Ginger
  • Kosher Salt
  • 64 Oz. Tart Cherry Juice
  • 1/3 C. Lemon Juice


  1. In a large bowl or aluminum roaster, combine beef, black pepper, allspice, 5 TBSP cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, cloves, ginger, and 5 TBSP salt. Wearing gloves, mix well, until spice mixture is well distributed.
  2. Using a small disher, dish meatballs onto sheet pans lined with parchment paper.
  3. Bake in a 350°F oven for 10-12 minutes, until meatballs are lightly browned.
  4. In a stockpot, combine cherry juice, lemon juice, remaining cinnamon, and a generous pinch of salt.
  5. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer uncovered for 45 minutes, or until syrupy.
  6. Remove sauce from heat, carefully add meatballs to sauce, and stir to coat evenly.
  7. Pour into an electric roaster or crockpot and set to warm. Serve meatballs hot.


  • Meatballs can be made in advance and frozen. Be sure to defrost the meatballs 2 days in advance of use.
  • Adapted From:  Matar, Marlene. “Meatballs in Sour Cherry Sauce: Kabab Karaz“. The Aleppo Cookbook. Northhampton: INTERLINK BOOKS, 2017. p. 158