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BBQ Meatballs

Smoked then bathed in BBQ sauce, these BBQ meatballs are great for parties or dinner.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, BBQ
Keyword: BBQ, Meatballs
Servings: 20 Meatballs
Calories: 194kcal


  • Smoker


  • pound Ground Chuck
  • pound Ground Pork
  • ½ cup Breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup Parmesan grated
  • ¼ tsp Red Pepper flakes or ground to your preference
  • ½ tsp Black Pepper ground
  • 1 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin ground
  • ½ tsp Oregano dried
  • ¼ tsp Onion Powder
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 cup BBQ Sauce we prefer homemade, but you can use your prefered store brand.


  • Add ingredients in a large mixing bowl and combine well using your hands.
  • Roll meat into the desired size meatballs. I go with two-ounce meatballs which are a little bigger than golf balls since these will be smoked. At that size, this recipe makes give or take 20 meatballs.
  • Place your meatballs on a wire rack. You can use another smoker safe method or disposable pan if you don't have a rack, but I prefer a rack so they don't sit in their drippings.
  • Add your preferred smoke wood (I prefer pecan for this recipe) to your smoker and allow the initial heavy white smoke to burn off.
  • Place your meatballs into a 225°F smoker and maintain a temperature of 225-250°F. Smoke for 1 hour.
  • Remove meatballs from the smoker and place them in grill safe dish (we use a disposable aluminum pan).
  • Add BBQ sauce and stir meatballs to coat.
  • Cover pan with aluminum foil and crimp edges to seal.
  • Raise temp to 300-325°F and return to smoker for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes remove foil, carefully to avoid steam, stir meatballs and return to the smoker for an additional 30 minutes.


Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 248mg | Potassium: 208mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 170IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg