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Smoked meatballs and pulled pork on the mini, Qview

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This is my second try at meatballs on my mini, and after realizing earlier this week that we were out of pulled pork for a weeknight meal I put in a portion of a pork shoulder too. 

 

The meatballs had been mixed up a couple of weeks ago with a mixture of ground beef, tomato sauce, and quick cooking oats.  We get beef from my uncle's farm and it can't be beat.  Friday night I put some a little mustard on each meatball along with some of my basic bbq rub.

 

 

The pork was part of a shoulder, the rest of which became BBB.  Same exterior preparation with mustard and basic bbq rub as the meatballs, along with an injection of apple juice, worc. sauce, sugar and salt.

 

 

I set up the mini's basket with some hickory and a hole in the middle for the lit coals.

 

 

Pork on the bottom rack, meatballs on the top rack on my latest purchase, a cut piece of q-matz.  Temperature 240-250.

 

 

While the smoker was rolling, it was a good chance to make some crescent rolls.  Here's a shot after the dough rose, divided it into thirds, rolled into a circle, painted with melted butter, and cut into triangles with a pizza cutter.

 

 

The meatballs don't all come to temperature at the same time, so of course the early ones have to get sampled!  Here's a close-up.

 

 

Here's the pork at around 145... on a rack in a pan with what was left of the injection and a little more apple juice.  Inserted the Maverick, covered with foil, and into the oven at 250 to get up to 200.

 

 

Here are a couple of final shots of the pork.  The mini provides a much more pronounced smoke flavor and ring than my MES even though the mini does require a more watchful eye.  I de-fatted the leftover liquid and mixed some back into the pork after shredding along with a touch of bbq sauce.

 

 

 

Overall I was very happy with the meatballs, they were pretty fantastic.  The pulled pork was good too, I just wished I'd left it on for a few more degrees to shred a little easier.  Later!


Edited by I6Quer - 5/18/14 at 6:38am
post #2 of 9

Mmm...that's some delicious looking meatballs and PP!  Nice going Quer!

 

Red

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Thanks Red! I've enjoyed your posts on the Rec Tec, it's definitely in my sights if/when my MES goes out. Not sure I can convince the mrs before then though!
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Nice looking grub man!  :32:  Looks like you ate pretty well... Nice smoke  Thumbs Up

post #5 of 9
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Thanks B, it's been tough saving the leftovers for a weeknight!
post #6 of 9

Smoked meatballs have to great! I'll have to give it a try next Sunday gravy day...They look excellent.

post #7 of 9

Great cook.

 

I bet the meatballs would be great in meatball sammies.

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Originally Posted by I6Quer View Post

Thanks Red! I've enjoyed your posts on the Rec Tec, it's definitely in my sights if/when my MES goes out. Not sure I can convince the mrs before then though!

I appreciate the kind words Quer! You can always tell the Mrs. that Rec Tec will finance up to 24 months same as cash. I took advantage of that when I bought, which is how I sold Mrs. Red...made paying it off very easy.

Red
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Smoked meatballs have to great! I'll have to give it a try next Sunday gravy day...They look excellent.

Like that idea a lot! Nice to see fellow Sunday gravy makers.
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