Saturday, July 16, 2011

Moink Balls

Moink (moo+oink) balls are really, really addicting. They're super-easy to make on the smoker or grill (unless you have a really, really big grill, you'll have to work in batches or make less balls).

You can use whatever sauces you want on them, you can't go wrong, trust me!

Makes: 160 moink balls, enough for a big crowd
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 2 1/2 hours
Printable Recipe


  • 5 lb bag pre-cooked meatballs, thawed slightly
  • 2 lbs thin bacon
  • Your favorite BBQ rub
  • Raspberry chipotle sauce (see below), or use your favorite BBQ sauce
  • 160 toothpicks

1. Cut bacon into thirds using scissors, then cut each third in half width-wise, leaving you with thin strips of bacon about 3" long.

2. Wrap bacon strips around the meatballs and secure with toothpicks. Arrange balls on a baking sheet or two. Sprinkle with rub.

3. Transfer balls to a smoker or grill (using indirect heat) at 225 F and cook for 2 hours.

4. Dip balls in sauce and return to smoker to cook 30 more minutes. Serve immediately.

For the Raspberry-Chipotle sauce:

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes


  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 cup seedless raspberry jam (one small jar)
  • 1/8 - 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (to taste)
  • 1 chipotle in adobo sauce, minced, along with 1-2 T of the adobo sauce

1. Heat oil in a small pot. Add garlic and saute until tender.

2. Add remaining ingredients, stir, and reduce heat to a low simmer. Let cook about 20 minutes until thickened. Let cool slightly before using.

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