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Smoked Meatball Sandwiches

Smoked meatball sandwiches, made with a combination of beef and pork and bacon paste to bind it. Smoked to perfection and served with a smoked marinara sauce.
Course Entree
Cuisine American
Keyword meatball sub, smoked marinara, smoked meatball sandwich, smoked meatball sandwiches, smoked meatballs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 24 meatballs
Author Mary Cressler | Vindulge
Cost $20.00

Ingredients

For the meatballs

  • 3 pieces of bacon
  • 1 lb ground beef We love Snake River Farms Ground Beef
  • 1 lb ground pork We use Snake River Farms Kurobuta Pork
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups dense bread, shredded into crumbs
  • 6 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper

For 1 Sandwich

  • 1 Bahn Mi roll, or your favorite sub roll
  • ¼ cup marinara sauce (we use smoked marinara, see notes)
  • 3-4 smoked meatballs
  • ¼ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded shredded

Instructions

For the Smoked Meatballs

  • Preheat smoker to 250 degrees F, using fruit wood.
  • In a food processor add the bacon and pulse a few times, until the bacon turns into a paste.
  • In a large bowl combine the bacon and the remainder of the meatball ingredients and mix well. Roll into 2-inch balls.
  • Place the meatballs directly on the smoker until internal temperature reads 165 degrees using a digital thermometer.

For the Smoked Meatball Sandwich

  • In a medium saucepan, bring the marinara sauce to a simmer. Gently add the meatballs to the sauce to warm up.
  • Turn oven broiler on to high heat.
  • Load up your bun with the sauce and 3-4 meatballs. Top with the shredded mozzarella cheese. Place under the broiler for 2-4 minutes, until the cheese melts and bread starts to get toasty. Remove, dive in and enjoy!

Notes

If you want to make them like Josh, roll them into balls the size of a baseball and cook until the internal temperature is 165 degrees. This can take an additional hour. They will take longer to cook due to their size.

*For the Smoked Marinara Sauce.