Very simply Moink Balls are meatballs wrapped in bacon, covered with a rub, grilled and basted with a barbecue sauce. They can be as simple or as complicated as you want to make them.
You can make any type of meatballs you wish or use store bought. I usually use store bought precooked meatballs. Don’t forget to soak your skewers in water 30 minutes before you make the Moink Balls.
Use half the strips of bacon as the number of balls you are making. Example: 10 balls use 5 full strips of bacon.
Cut the bacon in half across the width and wrap each ball with half a strip of bacon. Place a skewer through the ends and ball to hold the bacon on the ball.
Cover bacon wrapped ball in your favorite rub. I used McCormick’s Grill Mates Pork Rub. Note: I suggest using a lower sodium rub because the bacon contains salt.
Grill the Moink Balls using medium heat. You can grill them over direct heat (over coals) or indirect heat (cool side with no coals) covered.
I like the indirect method. I can sit and talk with my friends while the bacon is cooking on the balls. Leave covered for 30 minutes. Check them to see if the bacon is cooked. If not you can recover for another 15 minutes or you can move them over direct heat (watch for flare ups). When bacon looks crisp, move to indirect side and baste with barbecue sauce and cover for 5 minutes. Baste again with barbecue sauce and cover again for another 5 to 10 minutes. NOTE: If you grill the balls over direct heat all the time be careful of flare ups and when you baste the balls the sauce may burn.
Generic meatball recipe:
1 pound ground beef
2 tablespoons water
1/2 cup bread crumbs bread crumbs
1/4 cup minced onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl combine place all the ingredients and mix together to combine. Using your hands is the easiest and best way to mix everything up.
Once mixed formed the meat into balls a little smaller than golf balls and place on a sheet pan. I forgot to mention that you should spray down the pan with cooking spary. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Cool and freeze.
Moink Ball BBQ Sauce / Glaze
1/2 cup Jack Daniels whiskey
1/2 cup ketchup ( I like Heinz)
1/2 low sodium soy sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon rub
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Place all ingredients into a sauce pan and bring to boil. Once boiling reduce to simmer until the sauce is slightly thickened (about 10 to 15 minutes).
Note: If you are using a high salt rub / regular soy sauce you can increase the brown sugar. The sweetness will cut the saltiness.