Crispy Pulled Pork Balls, a.k.a. Bitterballen

Discussion in 'Pork' started by mneeley490, Aug 14, 2016.

  1. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    So I saw this recipe courtesy of the BBQ Pit Boys, and as I happened to have some pulled pork handy, decided to give it a try. I'll insert the original video at the bottom.

    This is very similar to a Dutch dish called Bitterballen, with pulled pork substituting for the stewed beef shank. 

    We start off with the pulled pork.

    Apologies, but the roux kept me busy, and I did not get a shot of it. But I have the mixture spread into a foil pan here.

    Overnight in the fridge, and turned out onto the cutting board. Then squared, and rolled into ping pong-sized balls.

    Now a coating of flour, eggwash, and panko crumbs.

    And done. Back into the fridge until dinner time.

    I don't do a lot of deep frying, so a cast iron chicken fryer on my propane grill's side burner was the best option. Got my oil at 360° outside, and ready to go. This way, the house doesn't smell like cooking oil.

    Turned out.

    And time to serve. This was actually a half batch.

    Moist and creamy inside.

    My wife was teasing me about making gut bombs, but when she tried one, she amended that to, "Really tasty gut bombs."

    In retrospect, next time I would include a generous amount of salt and pepper in the roux. But with some dips like bbq sauce and mustard, they were very tasty.

    Original video here:

    Last edited: Aug 14, 2016
  2. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Nice balls!  [​IMG]   Thanks for the cook!  I do all my deep frying outside to avoid the oil smell.  That looks like a great use for the PP leftovers.

  3. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    More points!!

    Those look awesome! What a thing to bring to a pot luck.. Thanks for the post!!

    I wish I had friends and an acre full of smoking equipment too....
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  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Points! Those look great!

    Another thing to make on the discada!
  5. smokinal

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


    I have to make these!


  6. redheelerdog

    redheelerdog Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Wow, those are great, nice job!

  7. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Nice! Never had them with Pulled Pork. Great idea! They are similar to a classic Diner Food in NJ and PA...Chicken, Turkey or Ham Croquettes...Great way to feed a group on a little leftover meat...JJ
  8. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Those look great I could imagine some cheese in there couldn't hurt!:drool
  9. dukeburger

    dukeburger Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    These look great!! I saw this video a few days ago and have wanted to try it.

  10. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    That is a capital idea! Next time....[​IMG]
  11. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Oh my. I am drooling. What a delicious looking dish! Another inspiring new idea on SMF deserves points!

  12. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Fantastic idea. My only problem is finding left over PP. It'll be a real struggle but I'll try to save? Some cause I have to try these.


  13. lemans

    lemans Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Should have been wrapped in bacon!!! Next time I go to my cardiologist , I will bring him some!!! Lol
  14. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    When I smoke pork butt, I always do at least 2, because it does go quick. The Pit Boys recipe called for 4 lbs, but I halved it and there was still more than 3 of us could eat. My son took care of the rest the next day.

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