FRIED PULLED PORK MEATBALLS

If you checked out my Pulled Pork post, then you already know I love pulled pork. So when I saw pulled pork meatballs, I got goosebumps. This one is a labor of love I must warn you. This recipe includes smoking meat (or your favorite method), breading, chilling, and frying. If you have read any of my other post or recipes you’ll know that I love to smoke meats, so smoking the pork is my chosen application.

These meatballs are a crunchy explosion of surprise in your mouth hole!! These really are exactly like that. At first bite a release of amazing pulled pork and filling come pouring into your mouth. During game day these bad boys these balls will turn you into the best cook on the block, that’s for sure. I don’t really have a story to go with this other than my love for fried foods and smoked meats =D

And lets get started!!

So as stated earlier, pork needs to be cooked and pulled. I smoke mine until it reaches a temperature range of 195 to 208, somewhere in there. I used a 8 pound pork butt(shoulder) and it took about 10 to 12 hours. This helps to melt the fat into the meat, and break down the muscle fibers. Creating a tender moist pork shoulder to be pulled. I also used a rub containing salt, pepper, oregano, ground onion, ground garlic, paprika, ancho chili powder, ground mustard and white sugar. I will include the amounts in the ingredients!

After the pork is pulled, set aside to cool. In the meantime start the rue by melting the butter. Once butter is melted whisk in flour until combined. Then slowly whisk in the beef stock. This creates a thick paste, like a heavy batter. This gets combined into a large bowl with the pulled pork. Then transferred to 2 greased 9×13 pans. These are chilled overnight. Removed from pans and cut into about 1 to 1 ½ inch cubes.

These need to be rolled into balls quickly. I also set up 3 pans one for flour, one for eggs, and one for panko breadcrumbs. Once they are all rolled, and ran through flour, eggs, and panko, back into a pan, and back into the fridge four at least 2 hours….. and then fried for 30 seconds or until a golden brown. Mmm mmm amazing.

INGREDIENTS

Meat!

1 6-8 pound pork butt

Rub

1 Tbsp Salt

1 Tsp Pepper

1 Tsp Oregano

1 Tsp Ground Onion

1 Tsp Ground Garlic

1 Tsp Paprika

1 Tsp Ancho Chili Powder

1 Tbsp White Sugar

1 Tsp Ground Mustard

The filling

2 ½ Sticks of Butter

2 ½ – 3 Cups of Butter

32 oz Beef Stock

Crusting/frying

6 Eggs

2 Cups of Flour

1 Package of Panko Breadcrumbs

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a small bowl combine ingredients for the rub.

  2. Mix until all ingredients are well combined.

  3. Apply the rub to the pork butt.

  4. prepare pulled pork, using this method, or your preferred way.

  5. Once the pork is cooked, pulled, and cooled enough for you to handle it start creating your filler.

  6. Melt the 2.5 sticks of butter in a large or high walled pan.

  7. Once melted, start whisking in the 2.5 cups of flour, a little at a time until all combined.

  8. Start whisking in the 32 ounces of beef stock again, a little at a time until combined.

  9. You should have a thick paste, like a heavy pancake batter.

  10. Into a large bowl combine filler and pulled pork until combined well.

  11. Evenly distribute into 2 greased 9×11 foil pans. Level them and cover with aluminum foil.

  12. Chill overnight

  13. Remove from pans and cut into 1 to 1.5 inch strips vertically and horizontally.

  14. This will create 1 to 1.5 inch cubes.

  15. Roll all of the cubes into balls. (Best done by a few people

  16. If they become soft and overly sticky, place back into fridge to chill.

  17. Using 3 pans create a flour station, egg station, and panko breadcrumbs station.

  18. Roll balls in flour then eggs, and finally in the panko.

  19. Place back into one of the pans, and chill for at least 2 hours.

  20. Heat a dutch oven with frying oil, or fryer to 350-375.

  21. Drop into fryer by placing 5 or 6 meatballs onto wire spoon.

  22. These can be cooked in batches of 10 to 15 at a time.

  23. Remove after 30 seconds or once golden brown.

  24. Place into a large bowl lined with paper towel. Enjoy!

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. These look INSANELY delicious. Even though I’m reading this after having eaten dinner already, I can’t help but feel tempted to go and try making these myself … right now! Midnight snack anyone? Haha.

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    1. They are amazing! You shouldn’t them for sure!

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      1. *you should make them. Idk what my phone was doing there.

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    2. They are soooo addicting too! They are very easy to do as well. If you do make them, let me know how they turn out!

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