Monday, April 4, 2016

Sweet and Spicy Dirty Meatballs

Sweet and Spicy Dirty Meatballs - get the recipe at
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Meatballs that combine both ground beef and pulled pork = Dirty Meatballs (a.k.a the best kind of meatballs).

Tender pulled pork is stuffed into these bite-size meatballs and then they're coated in an irresistible sweet and spicy barbecue sauceServed with roasted potatoes and plenty of barbecue sauce on the side for dipping, this has been my boys' favorite meal for the past couple weeks.

Inspired by the Filthy Burgers that we made last summer, these Sweet and Spicy Dirty Meatballs are everything I love about pulled pork in a bite-size meatball. The bits of pork along the edge of the meatball get a little bit crispy, the inside stays juicy and the whole thing is coated in a sticky sweet and spicy barbecue sauce.

I highly recommend you set aside a bit of pulled pork next time you have it in the house, because these meatballs are an excellent way to make the most of the leftovers.

COOK'S NOTE: My first choice is to use my Sweet and Spicy Barbecue Sauce for these meatballs. However, I've made the meatballs several times now and in a pinch, Sweet Baby Ray's Original BBQ Sauce is a great store-bought alternative. (Ha, nope, they don't have a clue who I am, it's just the only non-fake-smoke-flavor sauce I've found that we actually like!) 

Sweet and Spicy Dirty Meatballs
Yield: 48 1-inch meatballs
(printable recipe)

2 cups cooked pulled pork, roughly chopped
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cups of barbecue sauce, divided

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Combine the pork, beef, and 1/2 cup barbecue sauce in a large mixing bowl. Mix with your hands to evenly mix the different meats. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Scoop and shape into small 1-inch meatballs and place on two foil lined baking sheets. Set aside 1/2 cup barbecue sauce for serving and refrigerate until needed. Top each meatball with a generous teaspoon of the remaining sauce, and brush to coat the tops if needed. Bake for 16 minutes.

Remove meatballs from the oven, brush with an additional teaspoon or so of sauce and bake an additional 2 minutes. Serve with the remaining sauce on the side for dipping, if desired. Enjoy!

Sweet and Spicy Dirty Meatballs (made with pulled pork and ground beef) - get the recipe at

Here are some more meatball recipes you might like:
Kung Pao Meatballs by Iowa Girl Eats
Juicy Lucy Meatballs by Cook Crave Inspire
Chicken Parmesan Meatballs by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Slow Cooker Honey Buffalo Meatballs by Carlsbad Cravings
Baked Greek Meatballs by Kalyn's Kitchen
Stuffed Bell Pepper Meatballs by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Teriyaki Meatballs by Mom On Timeout


  1. These sound delicious - pulled pork makes everything better.

  2. These meatballs sound samazing! Thanks for the shout-out for my Greek Meatballs too.

  3. I am down for anything with "Dirty" in the title. Haha! These sound amazing! I love putting unexpected things in meatballs. It's so fun, and this sounds delicious. My mom used to give out prizes to dinner guests if they could guess what was in her meatloaf. I'm not even kidding. Haha!

  4. How can it be that I've never heard of these? I can't wait to try this, I bet the texture is amazing :)

  5. These do look amazing Mary! Thanks for the tip on the sauce - sometimes there is no time to make it all :)