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Smoked Stuffed BBQ Meatballs in a cast iron pan

Smoked Stuffed BBQ Meatballs

Smoked meatballs stuffed with mozzarella cheese, slowly smoked on the grill, and then finished with a BBQ sauce glaze. These are the ultimate game day food or appetizer for your next gathering. 
Course Appetizer, gluten free, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword bbq meatballs, party meatballs, smoked meatballs, stuffed meatballs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 12 -15 meatballs


  • 1 lb ground beef (80/20)
  • lb ground pork
  • ¼ cup pork panko (if gluten-free), otherwise regular panko breadcrumbs are fine
  • 1 tablespoon dry rub (we used the one in the notes below)
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • red onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 4 mozzarella cheese sticks, cut into roughly 1" pieces (adjust to the size of your meatballs)
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce


  • Preheat your smoker to 225 degrees F. We used apple wood chunks with lump charcoal on our Big Green Egg.
  • While the smoker is warming, prepare the meatballs by combining all ingredients (less the BBQ sauce and mozzarella cheese) and combine with your hands. Be gentle just mix enough so it's all together.
  • Prepare meatballs by rolling a little over a tablespoon in size and then using your thumb, press a small indent and place cheese in the fold. Then work the meatball again around the cheese so you have the meat surrounding the cheese. That's why we go with larger meatballs.
  • Place meatballs in the smoker until the internal temperature reaches 155 degrees (about 45 minutes) when checking the internal temperature of the meat. Then place the meatballs in a heat proof dish (or cast iron skillet) with the BBQ sauce and return to your smoker and close lid.
  • When the meatballs reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees (or about 15 more minutes) they are done. Serve warm!!!


*The Dry Rub we use for these meatballs.