Mike Lang from Another Pint Please posted a photo of planked meatballs on his blog and I thought I’d give it a try on my Weber Summit 450 gas grill.
Make your favorite meatball recipe, form into 2.5 oz balls, and bake or grill them to a food safe temp of 160°F.
Arrange meatballs on a soaked grilling plank (the one shown here is hickory), top with marinara sauce and grated Parmesan cheese, and place into a hot grill so the meatballs get some smoke from the plank and the sauce is warmed through.
Nothing earth-shattering, but fun to try, especially if you’ve got some leftover meatballs and a spare plank laying around. Great as an appetizer or for meatball subs.
Need A Meatball Recipe?
Here’s a simple meatball recipe from Cook’s Country magazine that you can use for planked meatballs.
- 22 square saltine crackers
- 1 cup milk
- 2 pounds 85% lean ground beef
- 2 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated (1 cup)
- 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 1 teaspoon table salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Add beef, cheese, garlic, salt, and pepper to the saltine/milk paste and mix by hand until well combined. Form into 2.5 ounce balls with the help of a kitchen scale.
Arrange meatballs on wire rack and cook to a food safe internal temperature of 160°F. Meatballs are now ready for planking on the grill immediately or later.