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How to Grill Moink Balls

How to grill moink balls, wait, what is a Moink ball? A Moink Ball is a bacon wrapped meatball seasoned with a barbecue rub, smoked and then covered in barbecue sauce. Smiling yet? If you want to be the hit of the party bring a batch of these and watch as they get devoured in minutes.

The name Moink Ball is derived from the moo of the cow and the pigs oink I would have just named it balls of joy or something like that.

Created as an appetizer the original Moink was made from frozen meatballs. The idea was most likely derived from the web sensation: the Bacon Explosion. These can be made on any grill using indirect heat and a drip pan the wood smoke can be optional.

I had grand plans to make my own meat balls and stuff the centers with cheese to be named the chamoink. That idea was thwarted when I discovered my butchers home-made meatballs in my refrigerator.

We start by soaking wood chips in water while you prep the food.

Take some of your favorite barbecue rub (our is Corky’s)  and pour it onto a plate, roll the meatballs until they are coated to your liking.

Cut strips of bacon in half, lay two halves out in an X shape place a meatball in the center then lay the ends on the top. Skewer the bacon to the meatball using a toothpick and repeat. You could also use a kabob skewer and place multiple balls on it.

meatball being wrapped with bacon

Set up your grill for indirect heat and pre-heat. Place a drip pan underneath, bacon grease gets messy. Once the grill is up to temperature place your moink balls on the grill. When using smoke you want to go low and slow otherwise set your grill on medium heat.

Grill until the bacon is done, depending on the method you use this could be 10 minutes or 1.5 hours so keep an eye on them. Put the bacon directly over the flame for a few minutes after it has begun cooking. This creates flare-ups and a mess but it adds a nice grilled flavor to the bacon.

Sauce your balls:

In the last few minutes of cooking cover the balls with barbecue sauce. The sauce can be left off at this stage and served on the side for dipping. They do look a lot better when the sauce is cooked in a little.

While moink balls can be served as is as an appetizer, I prefer them on a bun to make a sub. All I can really say about these is OMG soooo gooood and it’s not just me. I was practically mauled by our dogs when I pulled them off of the grill. They normally just follow me into the house with the food but this one made them crazy.

Finished sauced moink ball on plate

The neighbor inhaled the couple I gave him to try in about a second. To this day I hear about them every time he sees me fire up the grill.

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We made a batch of moink balls to take to a party and after warming them they were gone. I didn’t even get to have one. That was a sad day.

When we here of something like this, I have to make them, and this one is totally worth the effort.


aka Sultan of Sizzle

I have been blogging about and selling grilling tool for over 12 years. A Certified Food Safety Professional, KCBS member, award winning writer and have over 10 years experience in the food service industry.

“I have experienced some of the best food this country has to offer and nothing is better than the food that comes off my own grill!”

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