Note: This recipe was developed using the Char-Broil Big Easy Oil-Less Fryer. If you are cooking using the Char-Broil Smoker-Roaster Grill you should cook with the lid open and the temperature set to High. You might also need to adjust the cooking time.
I use my Char-Broil The Big Easy TRU-Infrared Oil-less Turkey Fryer a lot, for cooking everything from chicken wings to roasting peppers to these Italian meatballs. This Italian meatballs recipe is our favorite. We make a big batch of 24 or so 2 ounce meatballs and cook them all at once. We used to cook them in the oven, but now with the Big Easy (and the Wingin’ator 3000 modification) I can cook a huge batch all at once in less than 30 minutes, without any cleanup other than putting the cook basket into the dishwasher. You can’t get any easier than that!
If you don’t have a Wingin’ator 3000 you can get a bunk bed basket for the Big Easy. You won’t be able to cook quite as many Italian meatballs at once, but they’ll turn out fantastic nonetheless.
The meatballs are done when they hit 165 F. If you’ve loaded up your Big Easy with a lot of meatballs at once, check a few meatballs for doneness before deciding that they are all done.
These meatballs are great on rolls with your favorite sauce, or over pasta.
Italian Meatballs on the Char-Broil Big Easy
- Fire up your Big Easy.
- Spray the basket(s) (and Wingin’ator 3000 if you’re using one) with no-stick spray.
- Add the meatballs, but do not crowd them. I was able to fit 28 meatballs on the Wingin’ator 3000 without any problem, and could’ve easily fit a few more. Without the Wingin’ator 3000 you’ll be able to fit at least 10 meatballs at once (with the bunk basket).
- Cook in the Big Easy for 25-30 minutes or until the internal temperature on several of the balls measures 165 F.