Mooo + Oink = MOINK – Smoked Bacon Wrapped Meatballs
May 30, 2010 10 Comments
First off I have to give credit where credit is due. Larry Gaian of the blog BBQGrail is the inventor of these incredibly tasty treats. here is his web page for reference
Here is some history on how the MOINK Ball was developed
But I will show you step by step how I made my batch earlier today.
I took out 48 meatballs and put them in a Ziplock bag along with about 1 cup of Kraft Italian Salad dressing along with a Tbs of the rub noted below as a Marinade, and put them in the fridge for a few hours to defrost.
Then I opened up a package of Bacon and cut the slices in half and trimmed off some of the fat from one end.
The next step is to get the grill ready
first i made up a Smoke pack with a few chunks of Cherry wood that I had cut down in my back yard a couple of years back, (I had them soaking in water for an hour) and wrapped them in Foil and then poked a few holes in the top with a fork and placed it over the heat side of the BBQ and then I wrapped the grate on the right side of the grill with foil to make cleanup a little easier later. I then placed the MOINK balls on the warming rack on the side that would be turned off so that I get indirect heating from the BBQ. I set the BBQ to high at first on the left burner but after a few minute lowered the temp to low, wanting about 200 -250 F at most.
I let them cook and smoke for about 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes (your time may vary, you want the bacon to be at the crispness that you like. Myself I like it just a little crisp at this point I tried one of the MOINKS (without sauce and it was a wonderful treat just like it was.) then I mixed up some sauce, When I was in Almost perfect they had the Canton Grilling sauce with Steak Spice on for $1.99 a bottle, and I mixed 1/2 a cup of that with an equal amount of Grape Jelly (the jelly helps to make the sauce into a nice glaze that sticks to the MOINK) Since I was by myself at the time I only coated some of the MOINKS with the sauce and put them back on the grill for 5 minutes. the rest I took off the grill and put them in a bowl as I was going over to a friends house later that evening for a small get together. after 5 minutes I ate a few of the MOINKS that were ready and it was like heaven on a stick! then I packed up the rest and went to my friend’s house where I lit up his BBQ, dipped the rest of the MOINKS in the BBQ sauce mixture and heated them for 5 minutes. The whole bunch were scarfed down by the 4 of us in a matter of minutes.
If you have never tried a MOINK before you must try this out, they are amazing to say the least. Next time I may try with Swedish Meatballs or just make up my own meatballs from scratch mixed with some Onion soup mix and shredded Cheddar cheese.
For those interested I made a quick youtube on the MOINKS I made as well.
I just found out that next Saturday June 5th 2010 will be World MOINK Ball Day you can go here for more information If you make these add yourself to the World Map of MOINK makers I am the Light Blue one in Canada,
Here is my Blog post on my contribution to World MOINK Ball Day