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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
Cost $20.00


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


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!


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.