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Classic BBQ Meatballs

These BBQ Meatballs are the ultimate made-from-scratch meatball bursting with amazing BBQ flavor. They're delicious on their own or served alongside other tasty BBQ.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 50 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Barbecue
Keyword: BBQ Meatballs
Servings: 8 people
Author: Susie Bulloch (heygrillhey.com)


  • 2 pounds ground beef 85/15
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Beef Seasoning or equal parts salt, pepper, and garlic powder
  • ½ cup Texas Style BBQ Sauce or your favorite ketchup-based BBQ sauce


  • Preheat. Preheat your smoker to 225 degrees F using your favorite hardwood. I love oak and cherry for these meatballs.
  • Make the meatballs. Combine all meatball ingredients, except the BBQ sauce, in a large bowl and combine gently with your hands. Shape the meat mixture into even sized balls (around 2 oz each) and place on a lightly oiled flat cooling rack.
    2 pounds ground beef, 1 pound ground pork, 2 eggs, ½ cup milk, ½ cup panko breadcrumbs, 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, 2 Tablespoons Beef Seasoning
  • Smoke. Transfer your meatballs (still on the rack) to the smoker grates. Close the lid and smoke the meatballs until they reach an internal temperature of 155 degrees F. This typically takes 1 to 1.5 hours, so start checking the internal temperature after about 45 minutes.
  • Sauce. Baste the meatballs with your BBQ Sauce. Close the lid of the smoker and continue cooking until the meatballs reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
    ½ cup Texas Style BBQ Sauce
  • Enjoy! Remove the meatballs from the smoker and carefully from the rack (tongs seem to work best). Serve and enjoy!


Calories: 512kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 164mg | Sodium: 362mg | Potassium: 577mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 156IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 4mg