Last updated January 27, 2019

These are some memorable meatballs. Smoked Fireball Whisky Meatballs are made with beef, pork and bacon and smothered in Fireball Whisky BBQ Sauce.

tray of meatballs sprinkled with parsley

The trio of meat is blended with milk, whisky and breadcrumbs to keep them tender while they cook. Cheese, parsley and garlic is added for extra flavor.

tray of 3 ground meats with fireball whisky bottle near big green egg

It’s important to cook these over indirect heat, so they don’t cook too fast. If you have a ceramic cooker or pellet grill, you can use your diffuser. If you have a traditional charcoal grill, push the coals to one side and cook over the empty side. If you’re using a gas grill, turn half of the burners on, and cook on the side where the burners are turned off.

raw meatballs with cheese and parsley

These are finished in my homemade Fireball Whisky BBQ Sauce, which is sweet with a kick of cinnamon whisky and mustard.

tray of meatballs sprinkled with parsley

Smoked Fireball Whisky Meatballs

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef, fireball, meatballs, pork, whiskey, whisky
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 20 meatballs
Calories: 164 kcal
Author: Christie Vanover
These are memorable meatballs. Smoked Fireball Whisky Meatballs are made with beef, pork and bacon and smothered in Fireball Whisky BBQ Sauce.
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Ingredients

  • 1cup apple wood chips
  • 1 cup Jack Daniels whisky barrel smoking chips
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp Fireball Whiskey or Jack Fire
  • 1/2 cup grated pecorino romano cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 lb ground beef (80/20)
  • 1 pb ground pork
  • 12 ozs applewood smoked bacon finely chopped
  • 2 tsps kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup Fireball Whiskey BBQ Sauce

Instructions

  1. Soak apple and Jack Daniels wood chips in water.
  2. In a large bowl, soak the breadcrumbs in the milk and whiskey for 5 minutes. Blend in the cheese, parsley, garlic, beef, pork, bacon, salt and pepper. Gently pack into balls the size of golf balls. You should end up with around 20.
  3. Add charcoal to the grill. Once the charcoal starts to catch fire, sprinkle the wood chips around the perimeter. Place the meatballs on the smoker over indirect heat. Adjust the vents to maintain a temperature of 300F degrees.

  4. Smoke for 30 minutes.
  5. Brush with Fireball Whisky BBQ sauce. Close lid and smoke for another 15 minutes. Brush one more time with BBQ sauce. Close lid and smoke for another 15 minutes. Serve with extra sauce on grilled Texas toast.

Tips

  • You can follow this recipe with any type of BBQ sauce.
  • If you want to omit the bacon, use an additional 3/4 pounds of beef instead.
  • To make these on a gas grill, cook over indirect heat, using a smoke box, maintaining a temperature of around 300F degrees.
Nutrition Facts
Smoked Fireball Whisky Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 164 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 478mg 20%
Potassium 130mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Sugars 2g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 2.6%
Vitamin C 1.5%
Calcium 4.3%
Iron 4.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.