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Bacon Wrapped Meatballs

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Known as MOINKs (Moo + Oink) in the BBQ community, these are just as easy to do in the oven. Rub and glaze details are kept to a minimum, since it’s so very easy to swap them out for favorites.

Ingredients

  • 1 bag Frozen Meatballs
  • 1 pound Thin Sliced Bacon
  • ¼ cups Your Favorite BBQ Dry Rub
  • 1 cup BBQ Sauce (or Your Favorite Glaze)
  • Toothpicks

Preparation

Defrost frozen meatballs and cut package of bacon in half.

Sprinkle bacon generously with dry rub (or place dry rub on a plate and press each 1/2 slice of bacon into it as you go).

Wrap each meatball with a 1/2 slice bacon, secure bacon with a toothpick, and set on a baking rack over a pan to catch bacon drippings.

Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until bacon is cooked the way you like it.

Brush with BBQ sauce or your favorite glaze, and cook for another 5 minutes. (Our current household glaze favorite is 2/3 cup blackberry preserves melted slightly in the microwave, mixed with 1/3 cup KC Masterpiece BBQ sauce.)

Let cool slightly on rack, serve warm or cold.

These are even better smoked. If you have a smoker going for a long slow cook and you happen to have some extra room, toss these in. When the bacon is ready, they’re ready to glaze. With a 250 degree smoker, expect 1 1/2 – 2 hours cooking time with 10 minutes for the glaze to set. Seems like a long time, but when you’re doing a 6-hour rib cook (or a 18-hour pulled pork), it’s not that long at all.

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amanda on 9.13.2009

These were pretty darn tasty! I made my own meatballs instead of using frozen ones, and did them up on the BBQ. I will make them a bit smaller next time. And I will dig out the smoker I have never used too! Thanks for sharing!

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on 9.5.2009

Oh dear lawd…these look incredible!!!

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