Meatball Bomb 5 layers of flavor

Lynn Socko


These make large meal size meatballs, one or two per the average person is plenty.

★★★★★ 5 votes
makes 16 LARGE meatballs
30 Min
40 Min

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Notes from the Test Kitchen:
So many layers of goodness in this recipe! The flavors are fabulous. And the cheese in the middle is a wonderful treat. Eat these as a main course, or make them a bit smaller for an appetizer. They are delicious!

Don't forget... all ovens are different. In the Test Kitchen, after 40 minutes the bacon was not as crispy as I like. So I raised the temp to 425 and baked another 15 minutes. They came out perfect.


2 lb
spicy Italian sausage
1 lb
ground beef
small cubes or cheese, Asadero or your favorite
1 1/2 c
jarred Parmesan or 3 cheese
2 tsp
McCormick bbq seasoning or your favorite
1 c
bbq sauce
16 slice

How to Make Meatball Bomb 5 layers of flavor


  • 1In one bowl mix together Italian sausage, 2 eggs and 1 c Parmesan cheese.
  • 2In another bowl mix together ground beef, McCormick's seasoning, 1 egg and 1/2 c Parmesan cheese.
  • 3Cut cheese into about 1" cubes.
  • 4I used the middle size and large scoops. The middle size for ground beef, the large for sausage.
  • 5Scoop 16 ground beef scoops. Roll in your hands to make a ball.
  • 6Then press center down and out, place cheese inside and gently work the meat up and over the cheese. Then roll in hands for a few seconds to tighten it up.
  • 7Scoop out 16 scoops of Italian sausage with the large scoop.
  • 8Roll into a ball, then press down and out from center to make a well.
  • 9Place smaller meatball stuffed with cheese inside. Gently push sausage up and over top of smaller meat ball. Roll in your hands for a few seconds to tighten meat up.
  • 10Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay a slice of bacon on paper, place meatball in center.
  • 11Then bring bacon up and twist and back down. Tuck under meatball and place little skewer in center.
  • 12Brush with your favorite BBQ sauce, I use Uncle Gary's Jalapeno BBQ sauce.
  • 13Bake on center rack 325° for 40 min. Serve with potato salad or mac and cheese.

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About Meatball Bomb 5 layers of flavor

Course/Dish: Beef, Meat Appetizers, Pork
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Low Carb