Smoked meatballs and pulled pork on the mini, Qview

Discussion in 'Beef' started by i6quer, May 18, 2014.

  1. i6quer

    i6quer Fire Starter SMF Premier Member

    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!
    Last edited: May 18, 2014
  2. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

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

  3. i6quer

    i6quer Fire Starter SMF Premier Member

    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!

  4. Nice looking grub man!  [​IMG]   Looks like you ate pretty well... Nice smoke  [​IMG]
  5. i6quer

    i6quer Fire Starter SMF Premier Member

    Thanks B, it's been tough saving the leftovers for a weeknight!
  6. Smoked meatballs have to great! I'll have to give it a try next Sunday gravy day...They look excellent.
  7. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great cook.

    I bet the meatballs would be great in meatball sammies.
  8. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    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.

  9. worktogthr

    worktogthr Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

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

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