Meatball question...

Discussion in 'Beef' started by coffee_junkie, Aug 4, 2009.

  1. coffee_junkie

    coffee_junkie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Bout how long will regular size (ping pong ball) meat balls take if smoked at 250*? The wife wants to have sveedish meat balls for dinner and wondered if I had time to smoke them first. Could I smoke them for an hour then grill them to finish?
  2. tntxajun

    tntxajun Smoke Blower

    less than 2 hrs especially if you are going to finish on the grill.

    The ones I do are larger than that and that time is what I generally count on. I would peek at and test in about an hour. You don't want them to dry out.

    Good luck,

  3. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I agree with tntxajun about 2 hours and if you have more time wrap them with bacon. yummo
  4. hoser

    hoser Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Oh, Great! now I'm jonsing for some swedish

    you folks really know how to hurt a guy
  5. justsmoke2

    justsmoke2 Smoking Fanatic

    I run my smoker a little hotter for meat balls so I can get a good crust on them. I have had them done in 20 minutes to an hour. I usually do 3 to 5 lbs at a time. I'll find a center spot and put 2 to 3 meat balls on my meat thermometer and cook by temp. Now if I am going to put them in sauce later to be reheated I will pull them early so they don't dry out.
    Now for shaping my meat balls I have an ice cream scoop with one of them triggers to pop them out. Then shape into round. Between the wife and me we can make a lot of meat balls in a very short period of time and there pretty uniform in size.
  6. tasunkawitko

    tasunkawitko Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    i'd say you should have plenty of time, bud - as most ahve said, they jsut need an hour or two on the smoker and then can be finished on the grill.

    i don't want to sound like a broken record, but the little chief is perfect for this kind of stuff!

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