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Bacon Wrapped Meatballs

These Bacon Wrapped Meatballs are homemade meatballs, wrapped in bacon and brushed with a bbq sauce and grape jelly mixture. A fun and tasty appetizer!

FOR AN APPETIZER OR FOR DINNER!

Fun and crazy delicious appetizer recipes like these Bacon Wrapped Meatballs are exactly what your next get-together needs! I take my own favorite homemade meatball recipe and dress it up a bit. Who can resist bacon wrapped anything? I know that I can’t! Plus these are brushed with a deliciously sweet and smokey sauce that really pushes them over the top. If you want something that will wow  – then you need to make this Bacon Wrapped Meatball recipe.

Close up of one Bacon wrapped meatball on baking sheet with parsley.

TIPS AND TRICKS ON HOW TO MAKE BACON WRAPPED MEATBALLS:

  • You can use my homemade meatball recipe below or your own favorite blend if you like.
  • Thick cut bacon is best used in this as it will give more texture and better to hold your meatball together. But you can use what you have on hand.
  • Toothpicks are encouraged to hold the bacon on and help the bacon not shrink off the meatballs when they cook.
  • Use your favorite BBQ Sauce for this recipe, I like to use Honey BBQ!
  • Make sure you bake these on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. They can make quite a mess and it is best for removal and clean up.
  • You can easily double this recipe to serve more people.
  • Mix equal parts of BBQ Sauce and jelly to make a dipping sauce for the side.
Stacked Bacon Wrapped Meatballs on a small round white plate.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • egg
  • panko breadcrumbs
  • salt
  • pepper
  • ground beef
  • bacon
  • bbq sauce
  • grape jelly
Ingredients needed to make Bacon Wrapped Meatballs: onion powder, garlic powder, egg, panko breadcrumbs, ground beef, bacon, bbq sauce, grape jelly.

HOW TO MAKE BACON WRAPPED MEATBALLS:

Place the onion powder, garlic powder, egg, breadcrumbs, salt, and pepper into a medium-sized bowl and stir together until combined.

Onion powder, garlic powder, egg, breadcrumbs, salt, and pepper in bowl.

Add the ground beef and mix well.

Ground beef added to bowl and mixed with other ingredients.

Roll meatball mix into 12 even-sized balls, a little over 2 tablespoons each, set aside.

Beef mixture shaped into meatballs on a white platter.

Slice the bacon in half down the middle, then slice it again in half length-wise. Using a toothpick, secure two slices of the cut bacon around each meatball in a criss-cross pattern. Repeat with all of the meatballs. Place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 40-45 minutes until the bacon is crispy.

Meatballs on parchment lined baking sheet wrapped in bacon.

While the meatballs are baking, mix together the bbq sauce and grape jelly in a small bowl. When the bacon is crispy, brush the meatballs with the sauce. Place them back in the oven for 5-10 minutes until glazed and caramelized.

BBQ sauce mixture being brushed on bacon wrapped meatballs.

Serve with a garnish of parsley, optional.

Bacon Wrapped Meatballs on baking sheet topped with parsley.

HOW TO STORE:

  • If you have leftovers of this Bacon Wrapped Meatball recipe they can easily be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container or ziptop bag. They should last in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat in microwave until heated through or on lowest setting in your oven until heated through.
  • You can make the meatballs ahead of time as well. Mix up your meat mixture per instructions just refrain from wrapping them in bacon. Place the meatballs on a parchment lined baking sheet and place in freezer for about an hour until frozen.
  • Once frozen, remove from freezer and transfer to a freezer bag or freezer-safe container and they should keep in the freezer for about 1-2 months. Defrost in the refrigerator before wrapping in bacon and baking.
Hand holding up one Bacon Wrapped Meatball.

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Bacon Wrapped Meatballs

These Bacon Wrapped Meatballs are homemade meatballs, wrapped in bacon and brushed with a bbq sauce and grape jelly mixture. A fun and tasty appetizer!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup plain panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 6 slices thick-cut bacon
  • 2 tablespoons bbq sauce
  • 2 tablespoons grape jelly
  • fresh chopped parsley, for garnish optional

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Place the onion powder, garlic powder, egg, breadcrumbs, salt, and pepper into a medium-sized bowl and stir together until combined.
  • Add the ground beef and mix well. Roll meatball mix into 12 even-sized balls, a little over 2 tablespoons each, set aside.
  • Slice the bacon in half down the middle, then slice it again in half length-wise. Using a toothpick, secure two slices of the cut bacon around each meatball in a criss-cross pattern. Repeat with all of the meatballs.
  • Place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 40-45 minutes until the bacon is crispy.
  • While the meatballs are baking, mix together the bbq sauce and grape jelly in a small bowl.
  • When the bacon is crispy, brush the meatballs with the sauce. Place them back in the oven for 5-10 minutes until glazed and caramelized.
  • Serve with a garnish of parsley, optional.

Notes

  • You can use my homemade meatball recipe above or your own favorite blend if you like.
  • Thick cut bacon is best used in this as it will give more texture and better to hold your meatball together. But you can use what you have on hand.
  • Toothpicks are encouraged to hold the bacon on and help the bacon not shrink off the meatballs when they cook.
  • Use your favorite BBQ Sauce for this recipe, we like to use Honey BBQ!
  • Make sure you bake these on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. They can make quite a mess and it is best for removal and clean up.
  • You can easily double this recipe to serve more people.
  • Mix equal parts of BBQ Sauce and jelly to make a dipping sauce for the side.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 9g | Sodium: 190mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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  1. Ok now you confused me. On the bacon wrapped meatballs recipe, what does tso mean, or is that supposed to be tsp???? Sounds Yummy!