Smoked Italian Meatballs Recipe

Smoked Italian Meatballs Recipe

Elevate your meatball game with our Smoked Italian Meatballs recipe. These meatballs are not just any meatballs; they're a blend of beef and Italian salsiccia, smoked to perfection and served in a rich marinara sauce with melted mozzarella and Parmesan. Whether you're tucking them into a hoagie bun or serving them over pasta, they're sure to impress.


  • 1 pound beef
  • 1 pound Italian salsiccia (Italian sausage)
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons Grillheads Oh My Garlic rub
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1 jar marinara sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
  • Fresh Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Fresh basil for garnish


  1. Mix the Ingredients: In a large bowl, combine the beef, Italian salsiccia, shallot, egg, breadcrumbs, Worcestershire sauce, Oh My Garlic rub, oregano, and parsley. Mix well until all ingredients are evenly distributed.

  2. Form the Meatballs: Shape the mixture into 3 oz meatballs. This size is perfect for smoking and serving on a hoagie bun or with pasta.

  3. Smoke the Meatballs: Preheat your grill to 350°F. Place the meatballs on the grill and smoke for about 40 minutes, flipping every 15 minutes to ensure even cooking and a beautiful color all around.

  4. Simmer in Marinara: Move the meatballs to one side and place a cast iron skillet on the grill. Pour the marinara sauce into the skillet and transfer the meatballs into the sauce. Let them simmer and get coated in the sauce for about 15 minutes.

  5. Add the Cheese: Layer thinly sliced mozzarella and a generous amount of grated Parmesan on top of the meatballs. Continue cooking for another 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

  6. Garnish and Serve: Finish with some fresh basil. Serve the meatballs on a hoagie bun for a delicious sandwich or over pasta for a hearty meal.

    These Smoked Italian Meatballs are a testament to the magic of combining simple ingredients with the art of grilling. The result is a dish that's bursting with flavor, tender and juicy on the inside, and perfectly smoky on the outside. Whether you're hosting a game day gathering, a family dinner, or just looking to spice up your meal prep, these meatballs are a guaranteed hit. So fire up your grill and get ready to enjoy a taste of Italy, smoked to perfection.

    Don't forget to check out our other recipes and grilling tips at Grillheads Supply. Happy grilling!