Turned out to be a great meal and was a breeze to make. However, I did replace the ground beef with a ground soy beef "like" product which turned this into a hearty vegetarian meal. I was able to fool my friends at a potluck with this dish. Thanks for the post.
The liquid smoke MAKES these... my topping was a bit too thick to pour so I spooned it over the meatballs and it gave an excellent taste for very little efort. I will be making these again soon becuase DH commented that he especially liked these. Please see my rating system: 5 stars for this recipe simply becuase the addition of the topping with the liquid smoke turned ordinary meatballs into something different and tasty. Thanks!