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Bacon-wrapped, cheese-stuffed, smoky barbecue meatballs

Bacon-wrapped, cheese-stuffed, smoky barbecue meatballs

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
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  • Easy
  • makes 20

This is all-American 'tailgate' food. The magic ingredient is liquid smoke. Added to the basting sauce and meatballs, it gives a moreish quality you won't be able to resist!

Nutrition: per meatball
NutrientUnit
kcal109
fat5g
saturates3g
carbs6g
sugars4g
fibre0g
protein9g
salt0.7g
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Ingredients

For the smoky BBQ basting sauce

  • 240g cider vinegar
  • 120g ketchup
  • 55g soft brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke (see tip below)
  • 1 tsp red chilli flakes

For the meatballs

  • 500g lean beef mince
  • 1 egg
  • 2 thick slices brown bread , blitzed into breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 20 mini mozzarella balls
  • 10 slices smoked streaky bacon

Method

  • STEP 1

    Put all the ingredients for the smoky BBQ sauce in a pan, add 125ml water and season well, then bring to a simmer, whisking until combined. Leave to cool.

  • STEP 2

    In a bowl, mix together all the meatball ingredients, except the cheese and bacon, and season well. Take a walnut-sized piece of the mixture and flatten it with your hands, then wrap it gently around a mozzarella ball and roll it into a circle the size of a ping-pong ball. You should end up with 20 balls.

  • STEP 3

    Cut each slice of bacon in half across the short side and wrap half a slice around each ball. Transfer the balls to a baking tray with the overlapping bacon edges underneath, and cook at 190C/170C fan/gas 5 for 20 mins. Brush with the BBQ sauce and return to the oven for 8-10 mins more or until nicely browned. Brush again with sauce and eat warm, with even more sauce on the side for dipping.

RECIPE TIPS
LIQUID SMOKE

Buy liquid smoke from amazon.co.uk for around £3. It also goes well in burgers and chilli.

Goes well with

Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2016

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