Stuffed Elk Balls w/ Turkey Bacon!

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  1. dukeburger

    dukeburger Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Went to the local butcher shop with no ideas for a Thanksgiving gathering appetizer and I came home with 2 pounds of ground elk, 2 pounds of turkey bacon and some fresh mozzarella cheese.

    Mixed the ground elk with some brisket fat I ran through the grinder, some Tatonka dust, black pepper, a splash or 4 of woshy sauce. Rolled up some two-bite sized balls and stuffed a small chunk of mozza inside each ball. 

    My thought with the bacon was to wrap the meatballs, but it was just too thick to do so, so I cut some small pieces to "sandwich" the meatballs with and used toothpicks to hold them together. Gave them all a light sprinkle of rib rub to finish.

    Smoked these with hickory on the WSM at around 215 degrees for a couple hours. Thinned out some BBQ sauce with some beer, dunked each ball and smoked again for another 20 minutes. 

    It took everything in my power not to eat all of these that night. 

    Packed these in a deep alumunum tray with a thin layer of sauce on the bottom, and heated up in the oven the next day before serving.



    The snow arrived this weekend [​IMG]








    I'm thinking of calling these "Telky Balls" [​IMG]  
     
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2016
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  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks Great!

    You can keep the snow! I want more summer!

    Points!
     
  3. dukeburger

    dukeburger Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks Case!

    We don't get much of a fall here. I was in shorts and t-shirt watersealing the shed just 9 days ago...
     
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yeah we had a week of winter a week ago. No snow in town but we did get some up in the mountains. It was chilly though! Then the last two days we were back into the high 70's. This week though is going to be more fall like.
     
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  5. dukeburger

    dukeburger Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I think the snow will hold off this week and will be more of a typical fall. We won't see temps even close to 70 until June though!
     
  6. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Duke They look great I have only had Elk once it was fantastic! They can't sell deer here even,points for sure

    Richie
     
  7. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Oh how I would love to try some of those.
     
  8. dukeburger

    dukeburger Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks Richie, elk is one of my favorites, makes a great burger!
    I will have to make these again, I only had a couple of them myself. There was no left-overs [​IMG]
     
  9. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Holy Elk!!

    Those look fantastic!

    Point!

    Al
     
  10. dukeburger

    dukeburger Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks Al!
     
  11. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Those look tasty!
     
  12. betaboy

    betaboy Meat Mopper

    Looks fantastic! Points!

    I've never had elk, but venison and moose. I can only imagine.
     
  13. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Awesome smoke Duke, elk is our fav round here ! Nice cook ! Thumbs Up
     
  14. dukeburger

    dukeburger Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks b-one!

    And for the points
    Thanks! Elk tastes similar to beef, not gamey. Very lean too.
     
  15. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    These look absolutely fantastic, Duke. Great qview, too!

    Point!

    Disco
     
  16. dukeburger

    dukeburger Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks Disco! Much appreciated!
     
  17. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice work on the Telky Balls, they look excellent!
     
  18. dukeburger

    dukeburger Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks Marty! 
     

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