The Summer Olympics only come around once every 4 years, so this year, we decided to challenge ourselves to create something of Olympic proportions. We present to you the 2012 International Colossal Meatball Challenge! We built 7, that’s right, SEVEN Char-Broil Big Easy Smoker, Roaster, Grills to cook these monstrosities. The complete coverage of TRU-Infrared heat over the entire surface of the meatball seemed to be the only way to cook something of this magnitude.
Each meatball weighed in around 20 pounds. We chose to represent 7 different countries by stuffing each of the meatballs with different food from around the world.
Meatball Base Ingredients:
Each Olympic-sized meatball contained:
- 8 1/2 pounds of ground meat (beef, sausage or both)
- 6 eggs
- 2 cups of bread crumbs
- 1 cup of parmesan cheese
- 3 meatballs were wrapped in 6 pounds of bacon weaved together
Click on each country to find out what we used to stuff their representative meatball.
An all sausage meatball wrapped in a bacon weave and stuffed with cocktail sausages, cubed ham, and cheddar cheese.
A Sausage and beef meatball stuffed with Hibachi Steak, Chicken, and Shrimp, Fried Rice with a little seafood sauce.
An all beef meatball stuffed with Steak, onions, green peppers, tomatoes, refried beans, mexican blend cheese and served with guacamole and sour cream.
An all beef meatball stuffed with Mongolian beef and fried rice.
A beef and pork meatball infused with minced garlic and stuffed with spaghetti, meat sauce, mozzarella cheese, and more Italian meatballs.
A beef and pork meatball wrapped in a bacon weave and stuffed with artichoke hearts, spinach, feta cheese, kalamata olives, and topped with Greek dressing.
A beef and pork meatball, wrapped in a bacon weave and stuffed with normal sized meatballs, grape jelly, and BBQ Sauce (yeah, yeah, this isn’t REALLY Swedish meatballs, but we decided to put our own southern twist on the dish).
The Greek meatball was the by far the biggest hit and turned out to be surprisingly tasty. If we had to place each meatball in order of how tasty they were, we would rate them as follows: GREECE, SWEDEN, ITALY, AMERICA, MEXICO, JAPAN, CHINA
If these were rated simply on how they looked once cut open, we would rate them this way: GREECE, ITALY, SWEDEN, JAPAN, CHINA, AMERICA, MEXICO
The GOLD MEDAL definitely goes to the Greek Meatball. It came out perfectly and the Greek dressing marinated the meatball from the inside out! The cavity stayed in tact the whole time as well. We attribute this to the spinach leaves that lined the inside.
Our Challenge To You
What would YOU put in a meatball the size of your head? We have some ideas, but we want to hear from you! Comment below and tell us what tasty treats you would encase in a meatball and what country it represents.
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