This is a really easy and fun appetizer that will work great for your Superbowl party. Have you ever heard of a MOINK ball? The name comes from two words: Moo and Oink. It's a beef meatball wrapped in bacon. Get it? Moo-Oink ... MOINK! I like to put these on the smoker to infuse some wonderful smoke flavor. You can also grill them. This is the perfect appetizer recipe for your party! Check this out:
Ingredients for about 24 moink balls:
- 1 pack of beef meatballs (thawed)
- 1 pack of bacon (with at least 12 slices in it)
- Any BBQ sauce you like
Ingredients for the dry rub:
- 2 T chili powder
- 2 T paprika
- 2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 2 T black pepper
- 2 T garlic powder
First, make up the dry rub. This will be lightly sprinkled on top of the meatballs after they are wrapped in bacon. Simply collect all the ingredients and mix them together into a bowl.
Thaw the meatballs and cut each strip of bacon in half. Depending on the size of your meatballs a half slice of bacon should be more than enough to wrap around. Wrap a piece of bacon around each meatball and secure it with a toothpick. After all of the meatballs are wrapped with bacon lightly sprinkle the dry rub over the top. These can be placed in the refrigerator overnight or until you are ready to grill or smoke them.
If you are using a BBQ smoker prepare the smoker for a 250 degree temperature and toss in some wood chunks. Once the smoker is ready place the moink balls directly on the grate and cook for about 1-2 hours. When the bacon looks like it has browned a bit and is done brush the moink balls with BBQ sauce. Continue to smoke for another 10-15 minutes.
If you have a gas or charcoal grill simply prepare the grill for indirect grilling. For a propane grill this means cooking over the burners that are turned off (away from the heat). For a charcoal grill this means cooking over an area of the grill that has no charcoal. Prepare the grill for medium low heat. Toss some wood chips directly on the charcoal (or in a smoker box for a propane grill) and place the bacon wrapped meatballs directly on the grate. When the bacon looks like it has browned a bit and is done brush the moink balls with BBQ sauce. Continue to grill for a few more minutes. Be careful placing the moink balls directly over the heat or the toothpicks may burn. The moink balls should be done in about 30-40 minutes if cooked in a 300-350 degree grill.
Let's go Ravens!
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