This grilled meatball recipe is out of this world!

If you’re craving barbecue-inspired dishes, you’ll love this Grilled Jalapeño Cheddar Meatballs Recipe.

Based on Season 3 of Beef Loving Texans’ popular BBQuest video series: “Beyond the Pit,” the show features four 25-minute episodes and delves into the long-standing traditions of Texas barbecue. BBQuest Season 3 also features some of the best pitmasters and cattle ranchers in Texas who make this possible.

Jess Pryles, live fire cook, author of Hardcore Carnivore and co-host of BBQuest has developed recipes for viewers to recreate dishes from each of the episodes.,

“My goal with these recipes was to give everyone at home the opportunity to recreate dishes from the show and bring BBQuest into their own kitchen. I was really inspired, in particular, by a lot of fusion restaurants that we visited. Take the techniques but customize them in a new iteration of Texas BBQ. Honestly, I’ve been constantly inspired by the foods, flavors and passion of the pitmasters. From traditional smoked prime ribs to innovative fusion flavors and everything in between, we’ve got you covered when it comes to the best barbecue Texas has to offer,” Pryles said.

Here’s what you’ll need to make Grilled Jalapeño Cheddar Meatballs.


2 pounds. Ground beef

1/2 cup tortilla chips, crushed

3/4 cup milk

3 fresh jalapeños, seeded and diced

8 oz. block of cheddar cheese, finely diced

1 tbsp. paprika

2 tbsp. garlic powder

2 tbsp. Kosher salt


Step 1) Place crushed tortilla chips in a large bowl, then add milk and allow chips to soften for about 10 minutes.

Step 2) Once the mixture is soft and has absorbed all the milk, add the beef, jalapeño, cheese, paprika, garlic, and salt. Mix well to combine all the ingredients, then scoop out about ⅓ – ½ cup of the mixture and form a meatball. Repeat until all the mixture is formed into balls.

Step 3) Place the meatballs on a plate or tray and refrigerate for 30 minutes to firm them up.

Step 4) Light a grill for dual zone cooking. For the charcoal: light the coals and pile them all on one side, creating a hot and cold zone. For propane: light the last burner on the left or right side, but no other burners. It is recommended to place a piece of aluminum foil under the non-heat side to catch any melting cheese for easy clean up. Grill should be at MEDIUM, about 350-375°F.

Step 5) Place meatballs on cool side of grill (away from embers or lit burner) and close grill lid. Grill for about 25-35 minutes, or until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F on a meat thermometer.

Step 6) Remove meatballs from grill and let cool slightly before serving.


Serve with Mexican rice, beans or a side salad.

You can visit or Hulu to experience BBQuest Season 3.

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