BBQ Smoked Meatballs

Ingredients:

Meatballs:

  • 4lbs. 80/20 ground beef
  • 2lbs. Italian pork sausage
  • 8oz bread crumbs
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 medium Vidalia onion, chopped and sautéed 
  • 6 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tbsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp cayenne pepper

BBQ Sauce:

  • 18oz grape jelly
  • 18oz chili sauce
Instructions:
  • Mix all ingredients for the meatballs together.
  • Use ice cream scooper to form meatballs.
  • Pre-heat your REC TEC smoker to 250ºF.
  • Place meatballs in a large baking pan in a single layer for cooking.
  • Cook for 1-1.5 hours or until internal meatball temperature reaches 160ºF.
  • While meatballs are cooking, heat BBQ sauce ingredients on stovetop until all ingredients are combined.
  • Once meatballs have reached 160ºF removed from REC TEC, pour off any excess liquid, add BBQ sauce mixture, and return to REC TEC for an additional 30 minutes at 350ºF.