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Smoked meatballs on a serving platter.
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Jalapeno Bacon Smoked Meatballs

These jalapeno bacon smoked meatballs are simply unbeatable! Say goodbye to bland meatballs; these smoked meatballs combine cheddar, jalapenos, and bacon for the best-tasting meatball around.
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Smoked Meatballs
Servings: 4 people
Author: Susie Bulloch


  • 1 pound 80/20 ground beef
  • ¾ cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 jalapenos seeds removed, finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon Hey Grill Hey Beef Rub or equal parts salt and pepper
  • ½ pound bacon cut in half
  • 1 cup Hey Grill Hey Apple Jalapeno BBQ sauce recipe in notes section


  • Preheat. Preheat your smoker to 275 degrees F.
  • Make the meatballs. In a large bowl, gently combine the beef, bread crumbs, eggs, garlic, cheddar, jalapenos, and Hey Grill Hey Beef Rub. Form the meat mixture into 1 1/2 inch balls.
  • Wrap in bacon. Wrap each ball with a half piece of bacon and secure each with a toothpick.
  • Smoke the meatballs. Place the meatballs directly on the grill grates and smoke for 40 minutes or until the meatballs reach 155 degrees F.
  • Add sauce. Brush the meatballs with Apple Jalapeno BBQ Sauce and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes or until they reach 165 degrees F. If you want crispier bacon, increase the heat in your smoker to 350-400 degrees F. 
  • Enjoy. Remove the meatballs from the smoker to a serving platter. Be sure to remove the toothpicks from the meatballs before serving with extra sauce on the side, if desired.



Apple Jalapeno BBQ Sauce


Calories: 958kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 67g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Cholesterol: 259mg | Sodium: 1652mg | Potassium: 718mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 955IU | Vitamin C: 9.4mg | Calcium: 498mg | Iron: 4.4mg