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Gorgonzola Voink Balls and Brats

Dyal_SCDyal_SC Posts: 2,734

Couldn't think of what else to call these.  :)

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Instead of using Ground Beef, I used Ground Venison (hence "Voink" Balls).  I combined the venison with a good amount of Gorgonzola Cheese, Dales Seasoning and some BBQ Seasoning.  I wet my hands with a little bit of water and tried to make the meatballs as uniform as I could.  Then I wrapped each one with 1/3 slice of pork bacon and sprinkled on some more seasoning.  Then I stuck them in the freezer for about 45 minutes.  I figured this would help them maintain their shape, as well as preventing the meatball from drying out while waiting for the bacon to crisp up.

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Tossed everything on the Large BGE at around a 325 deg f dome temp with some Pecan Wood for smoke.

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Once the Bacon crisped up to my liking, I brushed on some Stubbs Original BBQ Sauce and let them smoke up for another 10 minutes.

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I think the freezing of the Voink Balls prior to smoking them up really made a big difference.  They were nice and juicy.  And the Gorgonzola Cheese really kicked them up a notch.  ;)  Deeeeelicious!  :D 

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As a side note, my processor did add some beef fat to the ground venison so it's not too lean.  So I'm sure that also helped these not to dry out.  But I'm really thinking freezing them for 45 minutes beforehand was the ticket.

Comments

  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 7,080
    ^:)^ Genius! Looks wonderful.

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  • Black_BadgerBlack_Badger Posts: 1,092
    Very, VERY, cool cook. Congrats and thanks for posting. Need to try the non pre-made Xoink balls soon. Really love the original recipe.

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  • HibbyHibby Posts: 457
    Gotta try something like this
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  • Solson005Solson005 Posts: 1,910
    Wow, that looks great!  =D> Nicely done! 
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  • Dyal_SCDyal_SC Posts: 2,734
    Thx fellas! :) Sometimes the best creations come from the ingredients you already have on hand. These really were good. Gonna have some leftovers for lunch tomorrow. ;)
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 15,469
    I'd hit that in a new york second.
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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 7,168
    Nice! Pecan is one of my favs. I'd eat a plateful of those.

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  • Tremendous looking cook.  Suddenly my salad with some egged chicken doesn't cut it for lunch.

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  • six_eggsix_egg Posts: 625
    WOW!!!   ^:)^  Man those look so amazing.

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    Texarkana, TX

  • jfm0830jfm0830 Posts: 968
    Very creative and excellent looking cook. I am stuffed and still wanted me some of those. :P
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  • AquacopAquacop Posts: 468
    Definitely on the to-do list, nice cook
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  • Dyal_SCDyal_SC Posts: 2,734
    Thx guys! They were even good leftover today for lunch. Will be making more of these soon. :)
  • Doc_EggertonDoc_Eggerton Posts: 4,496
    That is not diet food!  Now I'm hungry and I just ate pork roast
    ^:)^

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