Smoked Bacon, Beef and Cheddar Meatballs

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It’s FOOTBALL SEASON! Know what that means? Time to pull out the smoker and grill and fire up some GREAT snacks…

Oh wait.

We already do that 356 days a year.

But the start of football means cooler weather and cooler weather means more feel good foods like bacon and beef and cheese…

And yeah we do THAT 365 days a year too.

It would probably surprise you to hear that both Jeff and I are in great health. I know it shocked our physicians…

What can I say. We like food that tastes GOOD. Sure apples taste good too but apples wrapped in bacon taste better, know what I’m saying.

That is why we not only added bacon to these typical Italian meatballs, but cheddar to. And then for sake of oh why the heck not, we threw them on the smoker.

If you are going to do it do it up right!

Smoked Bacon, Beef and Cheddar Meatballs
Makes about 75

Smoked Bacon, Beef and Cheddar Meatballs

  • 2# ground chuck
  • 1# diced bacon (think 1/4″ dice.)
  • 8 oz sharp cheddar grated (I gave it a whirl in the food processor.)
  • 1 cup of breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup beer
  • 2-3 eggs (small eggs use 3 large eggs use 2)
  • 1 onion minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (fresh or dried)
  • 2 tablespoons crushed dried parsley
  • 1.5 tablespoons salt
  • 1/2 tablespoons pepper

The steps to success here are, oh so so so hard.

Combine everything let sit for 20-30 minutes.

Roll into 1.5″ balls.

Place meatballs on a cooling rack on a baking pan and smoke at 250° for about 2-3 hours. (160° internal is your end goal.)

Or bake in a 325° oven for 30-45 min or until 160° internal.

Eat as many as you can before you serve them as they tend to go faster then these next few months till Christmas will. (yeah I went there.)

They freeze well.



Meet Jeff & Heather. The dysfunctional duo that make up the cooking team of He Cooks She Cooks. They have a weakness for feel good, down to earth, amazingly tasty eats that almost always include the addition of beer. From growing their own tomatoes to brewing their own beer, they like to cook from scratch as much as possible. When they aren't feeding their friends they are geeks of the computer kind. They share their home with Bacon the lovebird, the insane kitten duo of Voodoo & Hops, and a motley bunch of friends who won't stop drinking all their good beer. They know what's important. Love. Food. Beer.
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