Dirty Meatballs

Wow, its been awhile but I’m so happy to be back in action. Its amazing all that has gone down from the time I left you! I received a little nudge from a friend to get back at it (Thanks Kristin!) No matter what the world throws at us….there is always time and space for BBQ! Even though I have been busy mommin’, being a nurse and avoiding murder hornets ;), my dad has been doing his blogging job and capturing photos of his creations! Great work dad!

So today, the recipe I’m giving to you is courtesy of ‘Dirty’ aka Dave. He has been a friend of my dad’s and have bonded well over Green Mountain Grills. So we thank him today for allowing us to share his recipe with all of you!

Finished mixed product

Start off with two pounds of ground beef and 1 pound of ground pork. Add 1 egg, 1/2 cup of Panko bread crumbs and 1 cup of mozzarella cheese. Season meat with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Mix all of the meat together well and make even sized meatballs. Dirty uses 1/3 measuring cup to assure that all meatballs are the same size for even cooking. Your finished mixed product should be similar to the picture above.

Finished product and ready to grill
Meatballs with GMG meat probe.

Once you have all meatballs ready to go (hopefully you have warmed up your GMG to 205 degrees). Smoke the meatballs for one and a half to two hours until you achieve an internal temp of 150 degrees. Remove from the grill and place your meatballs in your favorite sauce. Dirty recommends pizza or marinara sauce! Place meatballs with your favorite sauce into a pan and return to the grill at 275 degrees. You can also top with mozzarella cheese. Serve warm to friends and family all while social distancing drinking 😉

It is so great to be back and I can’t wait to see what version of dirty meatballs you create! Recipe is below!

Pork Burnt Ends

Do you ever feel like you are constantly at a loss for what to make? Maybe you are having some friends over and want to try something “different.” I’m so excited to share with all of you as our blog grows, all the different recipes that we have tried, made modifications to and all the never ending things you can do with your grill.

There are so many different recipes for burnt ends out there but this is how dad makes them and let me tell you….they were tasty! Don’t be afraid to try new things, trust me, we’ve had our fair share of flops. So, enough chit chat, let’s get on with it!

1.5 pounds of Side Pork, taken from a 5 pound slab

Dad took approximately 1.5 pounds of side pork from a 5 pound total slab. Doesn’t it just look fabulous?! Then he proceeded to cut the meat into 1 inch strips, this is one of his first modifications. By keeping the meat in the strips versus cutting immediately into squares helps to keep the moisture within the meat.

1 inch strips with Sizzle

After cutting the strips, he placed the meat into pan and applied Green Mountain sizzle rub. What is sizzle? It is asked for by name in our household! One of our kids actually requests for a majority of his food to have sizzle put on it. He would eat it with EVERYTHING! You can apply as much or as little as you would like, remember, this is your creation. I will warn you though, it will make you sneeze! Sizzle can be purchased through your Green Mountain Dealer…Local folks, you’re in luck! It has great flavor with just enough kick (I’m not a huge spicy person).

Sizzle
Wrap in Saran Wrap and refrigerate overnight

By wrapping your side pork and refrigerating overnight, this allows for the meat to sweat which creates moisture and therefore the meat becomes more tender.

Grilling Progression

After refrigerating overnight, it’s time to grill! Set your Green Mountain to 375 degrees and cook the side pork for approximately one and a half hours.

Cut into 1 inch squares

After the meat has cooked, remove and then cut the 1 inch strips into 1 inch squares. This will make them nice and bite size.

Did you know Klair is a Tabasco Dealer too?

After the meat is cut, replace into a pan or grill worthy dish. Apply the Tabasco BBQ sauce, stir and replace on the grill to heat. Although this sauce says it’s spicy, it very much is not. Dad is our local Tabasco dealer, he has some great items that you are unable to get in the store. Make sure to check him out!

Messy Face, Kid approved!

After they are warmed on the grill…it’s time to Enjoy! We ate these as an appetizer and they were gone within minutes! My kids absolutely devoured them. They are easy to make and great to eat. We hope that you try this recipe out and let us know what twist you added to yours. You will find the recipe all together below. Enjoy!