Smoked some meatballs today. They turned out pretty good, so I thought I'd share.
Started with this recipe from here.
2 pounds ground beef
4 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
1/3 cup low carb ketchup
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon dried cilantro, or 2 tablespoons fresh
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon pepper, or to taste
I'm low carbing it, so that's what I was looking for. I wasn't sure about not having bread crumbs, oatmeal, crackers...or some other kind of "binder". The way they turned out...not an issue at all.
I was going to add roasted pueblo chiles instead of the chili powder...but my 5 year old requested non spicy, so I obliged. I also added a half a package of bacon cut into bits and mixed in. I also doubled the recipe with 2 lbs of 73/27 beef and 2 lbs of ground pork.
Get your hands dirty...mix it up...make balls...pretty simple... My balls were golf ball size or a little bigger. Doing it again, I will probably make them a little smaller, although the larger size was nice for dinner.
And into the smoker...
And finished. It was cold and windy so the smoker was only able to make 230-240 or so. Also, my pans were edge to edge, so I believe the bottom rack was holding a lot of the heat I finished them in the oven at 300 for a few minutes to get a little crust and get to an IT of 170.
They were very juicy. Having the fattier beef mix and bacon made for plenty of fat to help with the moisture.
Can't wait to eat on these all week!