Grilled Time-Out Turkey-Apple Meatballs
Food and Drink

Excerpted from Tailgating Done Right Cookbook: 150 Recipes for a Winning Game Day by Anne Schaeffer: Photo courtesy of Fox Chapel Publishing

Grilled Time-Out Turkey-Apple Meatballs

"A handy, flavorful way to serve turkey at your festive tailgates. Or serve these as appetizers during the holidays and college bowl game homegates."

Serves: 8


1 cup barbecue sauce

½ cup grape jelly

4 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

½ cup chicken stock

2 red apples

½ pound uncooked bacon, finely chopped

2 pounds ground turkey

1  ½ teaspoons salt

Grease the grill grate and preheat the grill on low heat.

In a saucepan, whisk together barbecue sauce, jelly, vinegar and chicken stock. Set the saucepan on the grill to slowly warm up.

Shred the unpeeled red apples onto heavy-duty paper towels and squeeze out the excess juice. Dump the apples into a bowl. Add the uncooked bacon, ground turkey and salt. Mix with your hands until evenly combined.

Use a 2-inch cookie scoop to form meatballs and thread onto side-by-side thick skewers.

Grill 35–45 minutes until cooked through, turning and drizzling with the warmed sauce occasionally. Serve the remaining sauce with the meatballs.