Twisted Tea Chipotle Bacon-Wrapped Meatballs

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Last updated March 16, 2018

Disclosure: Twisted Tea sponsored this post. Opinions are my own.

You can’t throw a proper tailgate without ice cold drinks and fired-up food. For me, that means enjoying Twisted Tea, the No. 1 hard iced tea in the U.S., and firing up the grill to make Twisted Tea chipotle bacon-wrapped meatballs.

tongs dipping meatball in bbq sauce with grill in background and can of Twisted Tea to right

I got to tailgate with the folks at Twisted Tea when they brought their Twisted RV to the Pennzoil 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on their Twisted Tailgate Pro Tips RV Tour. You can follow their tour at #TwistedTailgate.

wide shot of twisted tea yellow rv with crowd

We had a ball. The music was pumping. The games were bangin’. The Twisted Tea was ice cold, and I was smashing some twisted bacon cheeseburgers on their awesome grill.

NASCAR driver Ty Dillon even stopped by with Michael Waltrip and FOX Sports. Twisted Tea has teamed up with Ty who drives the #13 Camaro ZL1, and at some of the races, will even be driving a bright yellow Twisted Tea car. You can’t miss him on the track.

During my time at the tailgate, Twisted Tea and Ty showed me some of the best Tailgate Pro Tips. I’m sharing a few of my own twisted tips on how to throw the perfect tailgate.

Tailgate Pro Tip #1 – Keep the Twisted Tea Cold

A party with warm drinks is a dud. Start by using a dependable cooler with ice packs. I like labeling my coolers, so people know where their favorite drink is. That way they don’t have to search with the lid open while the ice melts. Instead, it’s grab, open, drink refreshing Twisted Tea, repeat.

inflatable cornhole

Tailgate Pro Tip #2 – Let the Games Begin

What’s a tailgate without cornhole and beer pong? The Twisted Tea Tailgate RV took these games to a whole new level, using a huge inflatable cornhole board and beer pong trash cans with a volleyball. When selecting your tailgate games, choose something that’s simple to learn and easy to play. One-handed games are best, because you’ll probably have a Twisted Tea in the other hand.

a weber grill inside the Twisted Tea grill casing

Tailgate Pro Tip #3 – Fire Up the Grill

You know this is where you’ll find me at every tailgate party. The grill is my zen space. But I like to have fun, too, so I prep as many ingredients in advance as I can, and I bring everything in disposable containers because no one wants to do dishes after a long day of tailgating.

plastic container full of raw bacon-wrapped meatballs with bowl of sauce to right

These Twisted Tea Chipotle Bacon-Wrapped Meatballs are easy to prep in advance. I totally cheat and buy the pre-made frozen meatballs. Then, I punch them up by wrapping them in bacon and securing them with a toothpick. This can be done a few days in advance.

For a little sweet heat, I amp up regular BBQ sauce with Twisted Tea and adobo sauce. This can be made in advance, too.

grill full of raw bacon-wrapped meatballs - moink balls

The meatballs get cooked over indirect heat for about 30 minutes. While they’re cooking, you can throw hot dogs, burgers or chicken on the direct heat.

tongs dipping meatball in bbq sauce with grill in background and can of Twisted Tea to right

Once the bacon is cooked up, dunk those bad boys in that Twisted Tea Chipotle Sauce and throw them back on the grill for 10-15 minutes. Keep the meatballs coming. People won’t be able to get enough.

grill full of sauced bacon-wrapped meatballs - moink balls

Tailgate Pro Tip #4 – Be a Tailgate Hero

Twisted Tea wants to see how you tailgate. They are having photo contest where they are asking for you to share how you tailgate like a pro. At the end of the summer, a winner will be chosen, and you’ll have the opportunity to host your own Twisted Tailgate with the Twisted Tea Tailgate RV. Here’s how you enter:

  • Take a photo of yourself enjoying a Twisted Tea, and post it to Instagram or Twitter, using the hashtag #TwistedTailgate and tag @TwistedTea

For all the details on the contest, visit www.twistedtea.com/twisted-tailgate.


The Twisted Tea RV is traveling around the country at NASCAR and country music events throughout 2018. Follow them at #twistedtailgate and keep an eye out for them. Be sure to tell them your pal at Girls Can Grill said hi.

grill full of sauced bacon-wrapped meatballs

Twisted Tea Chipotle Bacon-Wrapped Meatballs

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: meatballs, twisted tea
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12
Calories: 453 kcal
Author: Christie Vanover

You can’t throw a proper tailgate without ice cold drinks and fired-up food. For me, that means enjoying Twisted Tea and firing up the grill to make Twisted Tea chipotle bacon-wrapped meatballs.

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Ingredients

  • 50 frozen meatballs thawed
  • 17 slices bacon

Twisted Tea Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

  • 12 ounces Twisted Tea Original
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups barbecue sauce
  • 2 tbsp adobo sauce
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions

Pre-Tailgate

  1. Cut each strip of bacon into thirds. Wrap each meatball with a piece of bacon, and secure with a toothpick. Refrigerate.

  2. Heat the sauce ingredients over medium-high heat for 10 minutes to thicken. Save in a sealable container.

Tailgate Time

  1. Heat the grill to medium-high with an indirect heat zone. Grill for about 30 minutes or until the bacon has crisped up.

  2. When the meatballs are cooked through, dunk them in the sauce and place them back on the grill for 10-15.

Tips

Adobo sauce is the sauce that comes in a can of chipotle peppers. It can be found in the Hispanic food section of your grocery. Spoon out the sauce, and save the chipotles for another recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Twisted Tea Chipotle Bacon-Wrapped Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 453 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 42%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 1458mg 61%
Potassium 363mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 36g 12%
Sugars 31g
Protein 14g 28%
Vitamin A 3.7%
Vitamin C 1.1%
Calcium 4.1%
Iron 6.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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