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


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.

About this Recipe

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