Meatballs and super bowl parties go hand in hand and when they are smoked meatballs full of cheesy goodness, it's a no brainer!

Get ready to cheer on your team with some of the best smoked appetizers and party snacks around.

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  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Smoker Temp: 225-240°F
  • Meat Finish Temp: 160°F
  • Recommended Wood: Apple
What You'll Need
  • 1 lb of 85/15 ground chuck (80/20 will also work)
  • ¼ lb ground pork or ground breakfast sausage
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs
  • ½ cup grated parmesan
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar or cheddar mix
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped jalapeno
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt (I used greek style)
  • 1 large egg (the whole thing)
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire
  • ¼ cup Jeff's original rub (purchase recipes here)
  • ½ cup Jeff's barbecue sauce (purchase recipes here)
  • ¼ to ½ inch cubes of cheddar, pepper jack, or other favorite cheese (sharp cheddar is my recommendation)

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Step 1: Make the Meatball Mix

Place the ground chuck, ground pork (or sausage), egg, parmesan, jalapeño, onion, grated cheddar, bread crumbs, Jeff's rub (purchase recipes here), Jeff's barbecue sauce, Worcestershire and yogurt into a large mixing bowl.

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Now get in there with your clean bare hands to combine everything thoroughly.

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Step 2: Form the Meatballs

Use your hands to form meatballs that are about 1.5 inch in diameter. I used an ice cream scoop to make sure I was getting the same amount every time then rolled it between my cupped palms to make it round.

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In the above picture, I wasn't quite finished making all of the meatballs. I made them a little on the small side and ended up with about 24 meatballs. Multiply the recipe as required.

Step 3: Add the Cubed Cheese

Press the ¼ to ½ inch cubes of cheese right down into the center of each meatball.

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Roll the meatball between cupped palms again to reform them into round shapes.

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Optional: Transfer the meatballs to a Bradley rack or cookie sheet to help transport them to the smoker.

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Step 4: Smoke the Cheesy Meatballs

Set up your smoker for cooking at about 225°F using apple wood if you have it. Other fruit woods will work as well as pecan, oak, or almost any smoking wood that you have and like.

Once ready, place the cheesy meatballs (or the entire Bradley rack if you are using them), directly onto the smoker grate.

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Keep the smoke going the entire time and do your best to maintain 225°F throughout.

Step 5: Brush on the Sauce (optional)

Brushing on sauce while they cook is completely optional

I chose to serve my barbecue sauce (purchase recipes here) on the side but I was asked by more than one person why I did not sauce them. I'm just saying.. you might consider it;)

If you choose to sauce them, do so at about the 30 and 45 minute mark. This will give the sauce time to glaze over so they are not too sticky.

Step 6: Finishing Up

Check the temperature of the meatballs using a Thermapen Mk4 and when they reach 160°F, they are done.

This should take about an hour, but you might check them sooner than this to get a feel for how fast they are getting done.

The amount of time required will be determined by:

  • The temperature of the meatballs when they go into the smoker
  • How often you open the door and let the heat escape
  • The diameter of the meatballs

Thermapen Mk4Speaking of Thermapen Mk4.. this is the thermometer I use and you should have one in your hands, as well, anytime you are cooking.

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Step 7: Serve the Cheesy Smoked Meatballs

Serving the cheesy smoked meatballs simply means that you bring them into the house (after having hid a few for yourself).

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If anyone asks what happened to the other meatballs (in case you forget to rearrange them so it looks like none are missing), chew it over with a smoked meatball and make grunting noises. They'll give up eventually.

Other Options for the Smoked Meatballs
  • Wrap in half slices of bacon
  • Use these for meatball subs (delicious)
  • Use ground turkey or ground chicken for healthier choices
  • Use over pasta (spaghetti, linguini, etc.)
  • Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of red pepper flakes to the mix
  • Add 3 to 4 teaspoons of fresh minced garlic (or a lot more if you really like garlic)

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Cheesy Smoked Meatballs for Super Bowl
 
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Meatballs and super bowl parties go hand in hand and when they are smoked meatballs full of cheesy goodness, it’s a no brainer!
Author:
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Hot Smoking
Serves: 20
Ingredients
  • 1 lb of 85/15 ground chuck
  • ¼ lb ground pork or ground breakfast sausage
  • ⅓ cup bread crumbs
  • ½ cup grated parmesan
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar or cheddar mix
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ⅓ cup chopped jalapeno
  • ⅓ cup plain yogurt (I used greek style)
  • 1 large egg (the whole thing)
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire
  • ¼ cup Jeff’s original rub (purchase recipes here)
  • ½ cup Jeff’s barbecue sauce (purchase recipes here)
  • ¼ inch cubes of cheddar, pepper jack, or other favorite cheese. (sharp cheddar is my recommendation)
Instructions
Step 1: Make the Meatball Mix
  1. Place the ground chuck, ground pork (or sausage), egg, parmesan, jalapeño, onion, grated cheddar, bread crumbs, rub, barbecue sauce, Worcestershire and yogurt into a large mixing bowl and get in there with your clean bare hands to combine everything thoroughly.
Step 2: Form the Meatballs
  1. Use your hands to form meatballs that are about 1.5 inch in diameter. I used an ice cream scoop to make sure I was getting the same amount every time then rolled it between my cupped palms to make it round.
Step 3: Add the Cubed Cheese
  1. Press the ¼ inch cubes of cheese right down into the center of each meatball.
  2. Roll the meatball between cupped palms again to reform them into round shapes.
  3. Optional: Transfer the meatballs to a Bradley rack or cookie sheet to help transport them to the smoker.
Step 4: Smoke the Cheesy Meatballs
  1. Set up your smoker for cooking at about 225°F using apple wood if you have it. Other fruit woods will work as well as pecan, oak, or almost any smoking wood that you have and like.
  2. Once ready, place the cheesy meatballs (or the entire Bradley rack if you are using them), directly onto the smoker grate.
  3. Keep the smoke going the entire time and do your best to maintain 225°F throughout.
Step 5: Brushing on Sauce (optional)
  1. I chose to serve the sauce on the side but I was asked by more than one person why I did not sauce them. I'm just saying.. you might consider it;)
  2. If you choose to sauce them, do so at about the 30 and 45 minute mark. This will give the sauce time to glaze over so they are not too sticky.
Step 6: Finishing Up
  1. Check the temperature of the meatballs and when they reach 160 °F, they are done. This should take about an hour, but you might check them sooner than this to get a feel for how fast they are getting done. The amount of time required will be determined by the temperature of the meatballs when they go into the smoker, how often you open the door and let the heat escape, the diameter of the meatballs
Step 7: Serve the Cheesy Smoked Meatballs
  1. Serving the cheesy smoked meatballs simply means that you bring them into the house (after having hid a few for yourself).
Other Options
  1. Wrap in half slices of bacon
  2. Use these for meatball subs (delicious)
  3. Use ground turkey or ground chicken for healthier choices
  4. Use over pasta (spaghetti, linguini, etc.)
 

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6 Comments on this article. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Bob D October 9, 2016 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    Just finished smoking these bad boys! Delicious. Balls got bigger as i was rolling, as I tripled recipe Smoked a bit longer (1 hr 45 m). Stayed together. I did not bast with sauce, rather served sauce in side.Well worth effort!

  2. Colleen Talbot April 14, 2016 at 10:36 am - Reply

    Although the meatballs didn’t remain intact as well as I hoped, I still gave it five stars simply because I omitted the shredded cheese in the recipe because I didn’t have any. This is probably why the meatballs were not has firm as I would have liked. The taste however was out of this world…. a little spicy if you like heat which I do. I used Gouda as the surprise cheese insert because that is what I had on hand. I also made a batch without the Gouda and I have to say I liked the taste better without the inserted cheese. I quadrupled the recipe so I can share with my neighbours and will have my share with spaghetti and sauce. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. ken bennett February 8, 2015 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    Just wanted to say thanks for all of these recipes. ..and all that you do on this website. .we love the step by step instructions. M asking it easy to follow

  4. Mike West February 7, 2015 at 10:37 am - Reply

    I mixed up a batch of these with half ground pork and half 80/20 hamburger and put it in the fridge overnight. When I realized I had more than enough food without them II left the mix in the fridge until the next night and it made a killer meatloaf. No time to smoke it but it was great in the oven. Thanks Jeff!

  5. Carl February 2, 2015 at 7:17 am - Reply

    Jeff, made these meatball last night on my Kamado Joe Big Joe…they turned out mouthwateringly good!! Thanks for putting all of this stuff online.
    Carl

  6. Lee January 31, 2015 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    Jeff,
    I cooked the Smoke Cheesy Meatballs for the first time tonight, on my egg. My family loved them and they are a tough group to satisfy.
    Keep sending out the great recipes.
    Happy Cooking

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