Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Cheesy Bacon Wrapped Meatballs

At some point, I came across this recipe for Cheesy Jalapeno Bacon Wrapped Meatballs.

Cheesy. Jalapeno. Bacon Wrapped. Meatballs.

Sounded good, so I decided to make some.

Sort of.

I actually made Cheesy Bacon Wrapped Meatballs without Jalapenos in them.


Because I forgot to buy jalapenos when I went to the grocery store.

Oh well.

Of course, I switched up the recipe a bit. As you know if you read this blog very much, I'm not very good at following recipes.

We got a bunch of snow in Denver last Friday. Saturday morning, the snow was still there. I had to start the day by shoveling out the Weber Kettle.

Then, my wife and I went snowshoeing.

After getting home, I started preparing the meatballs.

1 lb ground beef 80/20
1 lb ground pork
1.5 cups panko bread crumbs
4 eggs lightly beaten
16 oz sharp cheddar shredded
Seasoning. Salt. Pepper. Garlic
1 lb bacon cut in half
1 cup Homemade SheppyBrew BBQ sauce

In a large bowl, gently combine the pork, beef, bread crumbs, eggs, garlic, cheddar, and seasoning.
Form the meat mixture into 2 to 3 inch balls.
Wrap each ball with a half piece of bacon.
When ready to cook, preheat your smoker to 275 degrees F.
Place the meatballs directly on the grill grates and smoke until the meatballs reach 155 degrees F.
Brush the meatballs with the BBQ sauce and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes or until they reach 165 degrees F. If you want crispier bacon, increase the heat in your smoker to 350-400 degrees F.

As you can imagine, these tasted really guuud.

I really enjoyed these.

I expect I'll try this with other types of ground meat. I'll also add vegies (jalapenos for example).

Great meal when you want something just a bit different than the usual grill foods.


  1. These sound amazing, but I don't think I want to take the time to wrap each meatball individually. Maybe I'll make the meatballs with bacon on the side.

    1. I made the balls about twice the size of what I consider a typical meatball so I wouldn't have to wrap as many.

      They are also good without wrapping in bacon.