Smoked Meatballs

Meatballs. Glorious meatballs. And lots of them. Seasoned perfectly with just a bit of a spicy kick (I added a lot, lot more red pepper flake than the recipe calls for). Normally I’d grill or bake my meatballs, but this time I went all-in and smoked them. Wow. Just a hint of smoke, perfect on sandwiches, over pasta, or as appetizers.

Smoked Meatballs

This recipe makes a big batch of smoked meatballs (48 2 ounce meatballs), which is perfect because I like to always have them on-hand. They freeze well and defrost easily, perfect for whenever I’m in a rush to throw together something for dinner. For appetizers I’d make a smaller meatball, around 1 ounce would be perfect. For spaghetti dishes you could go much, much bigger, but you’ll have to increase the smoke time. Just make sure the meat hits 165 F (measure several meatballs) before removing them from the smoker.

Smoked Meatballs

Meatballs. Glorious meatballs. And lots of them. Seasoned perfectly with just a bit of a spicy kick (I added a lot, lot more red pepper flake than the recipe calls for).
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 48 meatballs
Calories 165kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Fire up your smoker for 225 F. Use a light wood, such as a fruit wood. You don’t want a lot of smoke.
  • Place meats into a large bowl.
  • Add all of the remaining ingredients. Using your hands, mix well. Yes, it’ll be cold but you have to get in there and mix it well.
  • Shape mixture into meatballs. I make 2 ounce meatballs for main courses and 1 ounce meatballs for appetizers, but you can make any size you want. Just keep in mind that larger meatballs may take longer to smoke.
  • Transfer meatballs to the smoker and smoke until they reach 165 F internal temperature, 60-90 minutes depending on the size of the meatballs.

Nutrition

Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 181mg | Potassium: 163mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 33IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

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