I went online and did a search and came across a video from the Today show of two guys with a grilling cookbook called BBQ Makes Everything Better. They were making a basket weave of bacon to encase some sausage that they were going to grill. They then went on to discuss their Moink Balls. I knew I liked these guys. I will probably have to get their cookbook. My recipe is adapted from theirs. They said to use Italian Meatballs. I don't know if the cookbook has a recipe for meatballs from scratch, but I used mine. I also used my quick and easy BBQ sauce. Their recipe said to use BBQ sauce and mix it with grape jelly. My sauce is pretty sweet so I just used that. You want a sweet sauce so that it caramelizes onto the bacon. Okay, enough rambling, here is the recipe.
For the meatballs
2 pounds ground beef, (I used ground round)
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup dry Italian bread crumbs
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons white wine
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 garlic clove, minced
2 teaspoons dried Parsley
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
For the BBQ Sauce
1 cup ketchup
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon liquid smoke
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 pound bacon (We used Farmland Hickory Smoked Bacon, didn't need the entire pound)
25 toothpicks, soaked in water for 20-30 minutes.
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
To Make the Meatballs:
Place eggs in a large bowl and beat slightly. Mix with Italian bread crumbs and ground beef. In a small bowl mix the rest of the ingredients and add to the ground beef mixture. Mix well, but don't overwork. Form the mixture into meatballs. I use a 1 ounce cookie scoop so mine are uniform. It is about 2 tablespoons meat per meatball. We got 25 meatballs from our mixture.
To Make the BBQ Sauce:
Combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to boiling, reduce the heat and let simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Makes about 1 1/2 cups sauce.
To Assemble the Meatballs:
Cut the strips of bacon in half. Wrap the half strip of bacon around each meatball and secure with a toothpick. Combine the brown sugar and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Sprinkle mixture on the outside of the bacon wrapped meatballs.
Smoke the Moink Balls over indirect heat. It will take about 1 hour. During the last 15 minutes of smoking baste with the BBQ sauce.
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